Author: Ray Coker

I was a Senior Trainer and Consultant for Symantec in their project management group before starting Quinn Coker & Associates, a project management consulting firm in 1992. I formed Project Direct, Inc. in 1996 to promote and sell a growing portfolio of project management services and products, and then Project Server Support, Inc. in 2002 with the launch of Microsoft Project Server. I have been working for over 25 years helping organizations and companies implement and adopt project management solutions using popular project management software. I have in-depth experience in training and consulting with several leading project management software products and working with leading PM firms. I have served as a technical editor for project management product manuals and he has designed and developed over 20 different project management workshops and courses. I have also taught project management tools, techniques, and project management software to thousands of people throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia. Before working as a project management consultant, I taught at several colleges and universities including Portland State University, University of Arizona, Wharton, Santa RosaCommunity College, Hillsborough Community College, and Temple University. I designed and developed courses at the university level and was awarded for course development and instruction by the International Communication Association and the University of Arizona. I have presented numerous papers at professional conferences such as Project World and the Project Management Institute. The International Communication Association awarded his research at annual meetings in Boston, Montreal, and Dublin. I spend my time between Tampa Bay, the Front Range in Colorado and Costa Rica. I love sailing and had two sailboats in St. Petersburg right off the pier, which was just a great place to hang out. I have sailed a lot, but I am not by any stretch an expert sailor. Backpacking, I try to take at least one trip a year in one of the western mountain ranges. Traveling, I have traveled all over the world for business and pleasure the last 25 years and that has just been a lot of fun and an adventure. Hiking, gardening, historic home renovation, nature - I currently own three homes 100 years old, one was built in 1898, which keeps me really busy in my spare time constantly repairing things. With some friends, we own a nature preserve and human/animal sanctuary overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, that has two rivers with seven sets of falls running through the property. Several primary social and environmental problems in Costa Rica are poaching, river pollution, child exploitation on a local level and international sex tourism. We are trying to address these problems in our tiny corner of the country.

“Project management will become a recognized profession when jokes are made about the practitioners.” IPMA

I am not certain I have ever felt project management was profession, rather than being more of a set of management skills, but many people these days do refer to themselves as project managers when you ask them what they do for a living. I guess that suggests to me that it might well be a profession. Dilbert cartoons set the…

“The P in PM is as much about ‘people management’ as it is about ‘project management’.” -– Cornelius Fichtner

I don’t know Mr. Fichtner, I think he is a PMI/PMP blogger, but I like his quote a lot. Project management is mostly about people management, and maybe even more about team selection. I don’t know how many people I have trained in project management over the last 30 years, 1000s, or the number of organizations and companies i have worked at…

Estimating is what you do when you don’t know. ~ Sherman Kent

Last week the Central Intelligence Agency celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis. When the school was established by the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) in early 2000, it was not a hard decision to select Sherman Kent as its namesake. Kent dedicated his career at CIA to producing intelligence analysis to support policy decisionmakers.  Because…

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. ~ Meister Eckhart

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. ~ Meister Eckhart

A mystic theologian seems a rather odd person to quote for a project management blog. Especially a philosopher/theologian who lived before the Reformation of the 16th century and the Enlightenment a century or two later, when Rational Thinking became central to work and life.