The Emperor’s New Clothes

By Brenda Fay / June 28, 2017

My friend Amy was telling me about a project she was on. Being new to the industry, she had asked her project manager (PM) for more information on a term. The PM blustered through an … Read more

Who is a Successful Project Manager?

By Brenda Fay / September 8, 2016

My manager at Motorola, Jim, was one of the most successful project managers I have known. His projects completed as planned, but he was successful because his team got the work done happily. He hired … Read more

Bravery and Vulnerability

By Brenda Fay / August 10, 2016

At a business meeting I was in recently, a senior manager asked the facilitator if he should follow his instincts to make a decision, even if people didn’t agree with him. I thought, “Isn’t that … Read more

Project Management: How to Implement Trust

By Brenda Fay / May 29, 2014

The basis for a good team is trust. Team members who trust each other have positive expectations of each other. This is a great underpinning for resolving conflicts and discussing problems. Simon Sinek talks about … Read more

Happiness is… being a Project Manager

By Brenda Fay / April 30, 2014

There is a lot of research on happiness these days. One of the latest books to come out on the subject is by Shawn Achor – Before Happiness. Mr. Achor gives five strategies for being … Read more

Being Brave (and Project Management)

By Brenda Fay / April 16, 2014

This is my year to be brave. Sara Bareilles’ song “Brave” totally captures my intent: Say what you wanna sayAnd let the words fall outHonestly I wanna see you be brave I have a feeling … Read more


By Brenda Fay / March 20, 2014

On April 3, my company is starting up a program where senior executives will tell their stories. These leaders have inspired me by their generosity of spirit. The executives giving these sessions are all busy … Read more

Project Management Truisms Ring True

By Brenda Fay / January 16, 2014

I went to a fascinating presentation on lessons learned from projects yesterday. The two presenters analyzed ten projects they had worked with and came up with twelve lessons learned. I listened intently. Of great interest … Read more