Chapter 9
International PM Perspective


After having worked with individuals and projects from each continent, well not Antarctica yet, it would seem practical to share some further experiences and perspectives that have helped learn personal growth lessons. At the end of every project the lessons learned is a key document, which will help reduce struggles for each project manager in the company on future projects. Many of these examples are related to relationships more than just the cores scope, schedule and budget, but this is frequently where project managers need the most work.

Some of the work that I performed early on in my career was project work. It was not treated this way though because my education was purely in engineering with a minor in chemistry, but no experience in project management. Practical universities today would do well to add a course in project management so students that graduate from engineering have the basics in this practice. Most students will either be on a project team or lead a project team within a short timeframe and the technical aspect is only one element of their responsibilities.

  • Smart people learn from their mistakes; wise people learn from others' mistakes
  • Attitude, not aptitude determines your altitude
  • Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Most of the time
  • Only burn bridges you never want to cross again
  • Domestic first, then international
  • Build relationships, constantly
  • The Golden Rule is Inaccurate
  • Be Trustworthy, Be Trusting
  • Slow to Hire, Quick to Fire
  • Maybe means Yes, No means Maybe
  • Could you Repeat that for Me?
  • Meet my Brother, My Uncle and Three of my Cousins

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