Reflecting on 35 Years Of Project Management As A PMI Member
Presenter: Carel van Zyl
Synopsis of Talk:
Project management can sometimes feel like the loneliest job on earth. One doesn’t always have the necessary authority, and will often have to make difficult decisions alone. Expectations are high, as is pressure and responsibility, and the pool of resources always limited. Vital skills required tenacity, preparation, rhythm and regularity, a positive-attitude, passion, and if you’re lucky you find mentors who want to help.
The journey is not always pleasant, nor easy: You may encounter those that hinder your career development. Business requires trust, and realist time schedules are seemingly unattainable. The best method of communication is not always emails, and it’s always a good idea to read the contract all the way to the end. Especially the fine print.
Project management is about ongoing problem-solving in an ever-changing environment. The project without issues does not exist. An disengaged and hostile corporate environment can be harsh terrain to navigate, even for the most seasoned consultant. When the lowest tender is awarded, and funds are low, what then?
In this presentation, Carel van Zyl, PMP, reflects on his 35 year career in project management as a member of PMI. He will share lessons learned and experiences as a project manager, and detail how project management methods are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago, to achieve project success.
Carel van Zyl, Pr Eng, PMP, MBL, has been member of PMI for the last 35 years. He volunteered to be secretary of the PMI SA Chapter in 1982 and became Chapter President in the late 80’s. He also did the newsletter until it was replaced by ProjectPro. Presently he is Chair and Director of the Chapter Board. In 1988 he registered as PMP with registration number 213. He presented communication and Integration modules at various PMBOK workshops and papers at conferences. He participated in the TC 256 SABS committee for new ISO standards for PM. He remains an active volunteer.
Carel was a practising Project Manager and before his retirement in 2014 completed a fast track development of the Sedibeng Brewery as well as a Glass Furnace in Johannesburg. He was also line manager of eighty technical and PM staff in the consulting engineering firm he has worked for 42 years. He is now doing refurbishment projects for his family company Treelands in Dullstroom, as well as project development for a new company The Concept and Design (Pty) Ltd.
As director and chair of the art 21 Board of the Chapter duties are carried such as Governance, Fiduciary responsibilities, Strategic guidance, Financial protection and Succession planning.
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