Expertise

History

I studied Aeronautical Engineering at university and, although I never practiced as a licensed engineer, I have been immensely grateful for the insights and some universal knowledge that I have retained over the decades. My first (paid) job was as a systems engineer for IBM, which involved computer architecture, systems design, programming, systems installation, and of course, client liaison. I got involved in communications systems and after emigrating to Canada took a job as a planner with Alberta Government Telephones (now Telus). My project management career began for real after joining the DMR consultancy (now Fujitsu Consulting), a role that involved significant responsibilities and took me on international assignments. I progressed to a senior delivery management role with DMR, and later with Intergraph Canada (now Hexagon). Although increasingly in vogue, my work in delivery management was pioneering in nature. In 1997, I founded TMI and worked actively in the following disciplines for the next twenty years:

Delivery and Risk Management

Project and Contract Management

Project Management Office

Quality Assurance and Control

Project Planning, Assessment, Problem Solving and Reviews

Documentation Design and Authoring

Business Process Systemization

Education, Training, and Coaching

Seminar Facilitation and Public Speaking

Recognized for a commonsense approach to project management, an in-depth knowledge of PMBOK®, and familiarity with other PM standards such as PRINCE2, Macroscope, SSDM, and Agile, I could also respond to difficult situations with innovative and pragmatic solutions. I continue to research topics of interest, and write periodically on the business management of commercial projects, risk management, and quality methods.

I have been affiliated with Queen’s University Belfast (Alumni Association), Royal Aeronautical Society (AMRAeS ret’d), Canadian Information Processing Society (ISP ret’d), the Project Management Institute (PMP ret’d), PMISAC, and Mount Royal University (Faculty Ret’d).

Current Interests

My current interests are engaged on aspects of project management I believe are neglected – commercial practice, methodology for collaborative procurement of services, PM leadership to achieve project quality, and a more pragmatic systems approach to risk management.