Join Me at the Conscious Software Development Telesummit

Successfully creating custom software for your organization is incredibly difficult – over 70% of all projects struggle or fail outright. You’ve probably seen some of these all-too-common issues:

  • Deploying late
  • Finishing over budget
  • Missing or buggy features
  • Requirements scope creep
  • Team miscommunication and conflict
  • “Shelfware” that is just not adopted by users
  • Projects not aligned to the organization’s strategy

And software projects can be a headache to hire for, manage, and architect well. But you can you start improving the odds of success, through a combination of awareness and choice.

The Conscious Software Development Telesummit

ConsciousnessJoin me at the Conscious Software Development Telesummit, to be conducted from November 10th through the 21st, 2014. It’s easy to participate: just register for the summit for free, using your EMail. You’ll be able to download and listen to interviews conducted with more than twenty experts on software, team relations, strategy, project management, deployment and more. You’ll discover things that you don’t know that you don’t know about creating successful projects, building teams, and managing your software portfolio. This elite group of software superstars, best selling authors, popular podcasters, outstanding bloggers, and celebrity coaches are imparting decades of experience, wisdom, and some very generous free resources to help you begin making progress immediately.

This unique panel of experts is all unified under one vision; to empower you with practical understanding of how you can put their knowledge to use, bring consciousness to your software challenges and transform your work for the better. The subject of my interview, “The Zombie Apocalypse is Not an HR Product: How to Hire, Retain, and Develop the Living,” is just one topic among many designed for the IT manager and practitioner. Browse the list of speakers, and you’ll see many familiar names from my weekly round-ups.

Listen Offline!

You can listen to these MP3 interview recordings whenever and wherever you have the  time. Join other leading CIOs, VPs of Development, project managers, architects, stakeholders, end user champions, and all those want to bring more awareness and choice to the complex art of software creation. And I’m not just one of the speakers – I plan to listen to every one of these interviews!


Listen to Cesar Abeid Interview Me!


Cesar AbeidPodcaster, project manager, and interviewer extraordinaire Cesar Abeid interviewed me recently as part of his series, “Project Management for You.” It’s part of his larger effort to write a book by the same name, funded with a Kickstarter campaign called … well, you can guess. Just 35 minutes, safe for work, and I hope it’s as much fun for you as it was for Cesar and I.

Thanks for listening, and leave a comment correcting my mistakes!

Project Management For You: Interviews by Cesar Abeid


Cesar AbeidCesar Abeid is publishing a series of podcast interviews conducted with project management practitioners, authors, and thought leaders in the summer of 2014. He asked each of us a few questions:

  • How would you define project management to the lay person?
  • What is the least people need to know about PM to start on the path of getting things done?
  • What are the stages of bringing an idea to reality?
  • If you could recommend one technique from the PM world to the masses, what would it be and where can we learn it?
  • Managing projects often means working with other people. What’s the best way to know when and what to delegate, and to compel people to collaborate on a project?

The result was an interesting mix of thoughts, opinions, examples, and recommendations. Here are links to each of the podcasts in the series. Aside from Cesar’s brief introduction, the interviews average around 30 minutes each. I’ll add the remainder as they are published.

Project Management For You: Introduction Cesar explains the basic idea behind the interview series, and his upcoming book by the same name.

Interview with Andy Kaufman Andy is a project management consultant and trainer, and the the host of The People and Projects Podcast.

Interview with Susanne Madsen Susanne is a project leadership consultant, trainer, and coach, and author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook.

Interview with Carl Pritchard Carl is a risk management consultant, and the principle author of the risk management chapter of the PMBOK, 4th Edition.

Interview with Tony Adams Tony is a project leadership consultant, speaker, and blogger focusing on the importance of communications.

Interview with Elizabeth Harrin Elizabeth is a practicing program and project manager, prolific author, and blogger at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management.

Interview with Cornelius Fichtner Cornelius is a practicing project manager,trainer, and host of The Project Management Podcast.

Interview with Adriana Girdler Adriana is an entrepreneur, executive coach, professional speaker, facilitator and prolific author.

Interview with Peter Taylor Peter is the author of several books, consultant, lecturer, coach, and host of The Lazy Project Manager Podcast.

Interview with Stephen Carver Stephen lectures at Cranfield University School of Management, with experience ranging from banks to oil and from construction to law firms.

Interview with Mark Phillipy Mark is a project management practitioner, blogger, and host of two project management podcasts.

Interview with Francis Hooke Francis is a blogger and consulting project manager with experience in the financial industry.

Interview with Johanna Rothman Johanna is a prolific author, blogger, and management consultant, specializing in Agile software development.

Interview with Dave Gordon Hey, that’s me! Dave is the project manager and blogger behind The Practicing IT Project Manager.

Interview with Rich Maltzman Rich is a prolific author, blogger, teacher, and speaker on Green project management.

Interview with Geoff Crane Geoff is a former project portfolio manager, currently pursuing his PhD and teaching project management at Durham College in Ontario.

Interview with Michael Greer Michael is a project manager, author, and teacher of project management, known for his “minimalist” approach.

Interview with Ron Rosenhead Ron is a project manager, consultant, trainer, and co-author of “Strategies for Project Sponsorship.”

Interview with Margaret Meloni Margaret is a speaker, writer and  teacher who supports project managers with the human side of project management.

Interview with Cesar Abeid Mark Phillipy turns the tables on Cesar, interviewing him with the same questions he asked each of us.

Overall, a great series of interviews! When nineteen different experts answer the same questions, you’re bound to get a lot of overlap, but there was a lot of room for each of us to present the material in a different light. Thanks for taking us along on this journey, Cesar!