At HeySpace, we understand the importance of effective project management, hence the idea to create software that will facilitate the process and let managers focus on their mission. Since project management is our passion, we all have people in the business that we look up to. And so, we’ve asked everyone in the team who is their biggest inspiration in the field of project management and created a list of the most influential people in project management according to HeySpace:
Brad Egeland is an independent consultant working with a variety of clients around the world. Named “#1 Provider of Project Management Content in the World”, he is an expert in software development and project management. He’s authored more than six thousand project management related articles and dozens of eBooks and white papers in which he’s been sharing his knowledge gained during 25 years of experience in the field.
Elizabeth Harrin is an active project manager and a prolific author. She’s written a number of books about project management and is also the author of a very popular blog Girl’s Guide to Project Management, which she started off in 2006, as she felt the need to introduce a female perspective to the male-dominated field. She is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management with more than a decade of experience in project management.
Thomas Kennedy is a certified project manager who runs a blog The PM Coach, where he shares articles and tips that help others improve as project managers. He’s been keeping everyone up-to-date with the latest approaches to project management, at the same time being a successful leader of a team of project managers.
Bob Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford. He received a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from The University of Michigan and has been teaching at Stanford for over thirty years. He studies leadership, organizational change, innovation, scaling, and workplace dynamics. Having published over 200 articles and seven highly popular books, he remains an invaluable source of inspiration for project managers all over the world.
Susanne Madsen is an internationally recognized project leadership coach, trainer and consultant. Working with organisations globally, she aims at helping other project managers become more successful in their roles. She’s the author of “The Project Management Coaching Workbook” and “The Power of Project Leadership” and has experience leading high-profile programmes as a project management professional. Susanne also regularly speaks on the topic of project leadership and stress in project management for organisations and at conferences.
Described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’, Peter Taylor is an active project manager as well as an author and speaker. He wrote a number of books on project leadership, PMO development and other related topics, with one of them, “The Lazy Project Manager”, being the number one project management bestseller. He’s also delivered hundreds of lectures around the world, fulfiling his mission of teaching people how to ‘work smarter and not harder’ and being successful at finding the work/life balance.
Lindsay Scott is the director of PMO Learning, an organisation which is focused on those that work within the PMO field, which she specialises in. She also runs a project management recruitment business Arras People, assisting in finding top PMOs for businesses. Being a specialist in PMO and recruitment practices in project management, she co-edited the “Handbook of People in Project Management”, which was published in 2013. Lindsay continues to be an inspiration for project managers worldwide.
Kiron Bondale is a trainer, coach, trusted advisor and speaker with over twenty years of experience in project management. He graduated in computer science and business administration and is now a specialist in Agile, project portfolio management, training and risk management. He’s worked with over 150 companies helping them achieve their strategic goals by managing projects effectively. Kiron Bondale is an active Agile coach and project management consultant.
Cornelius Fichtner has been building his successful career as a project manager since 1990. He’s led projects for many different companies and provided training for active and prospective project managers. He’s the President of OSP International, a PMI Registered Education Provider, which is one of the leading online training companies for PMP exam preparation. Being an expert in the exam, he’s coached over 27 thousand project managers on their way to becoming PMP certified. Passionate about Agile.
Described as a valuable business strategist, Michael Kaplan is a program/project/PMO technology leader with invaluable experience in the field. He’s worked with employees, stakeholders and vendors to successfully deliver large-scale projects. His achievements as a project manager and business strategist place him on the top of the list of the most influential PM specialists.
With 15 years of experience in the technology industry, Hala Saleh is a successful business strategist and project manager. Having performed various roles across the field, she’s gained insight into every area of the business and is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring project management figures. Currently engaged in solving challenging customer problems at Expedia.
Falk Schmidt is a digital innovation expert, project coach, data protection officer and auditor with more than 20 years of experience. Specializing in business process optimization and the design and implementation of user-centric systems, he’s gained expertise that has made him a leader in business innovation.
Mike Clayton is an author and speaker working with organisations to help people work more effectively. Having experience working for major national and multi-national organizations, he has become a specialist in project and change management, risk, communication and influence, and leadership. He’s authored thirteen books about project management and provides workshops and seminars sharing his expertise in different topics related to project management.
Terri Bauman graduated in project management and has then developed a successful career in the online media industry. She’s an experienced social media manager, skilled in digital strategy, SEO, marketing management and business planning.
Bart Vermijlen is an Agile coach and the author of “The Agile Agency”, in which he shares his insight into project management in creative agencies Specialises in Agile and Scrum as well as design thinking and user experience. Bart teaches Agile at various educational institutions and is a co-founder of a digital design studio Box of Birds.
A specialist in the PMP examination, Daniel Echeverria helps other professionals obtain the PMP and CAPM certifications. He’s a goal-oriented professional, currently providing his expertise in developing plans and strategies for transport services. He is also a director and teacher in the ESIC Business and Marketing School and a director of the Project Management Course Online.
Steve McConnel is a specialist in software executive leadership and software project management, helping companies increase software development capability. Founder of Construx Software, which offers training in software development practices, from Scrum and Agile development to traditional project management.
Johanna Rothman is an expert in managing high technology product development and owner of Rothman Consulting Group, where he helps people manage projects and product development, which includes Agile transformation. She is also a prolific author – wrote 14 books about topics related to project management.
Bill Mabry is a recognized expert in project management and a real inspiration for other managers. As an active project manager, he leads complex innovation and transformation programs. Bill’s areas of specialization include transformation strategy, change management and efficient program execution through business benefits driven program management leadership.
Laura Fraser is a results-driven business leader with wide experience in project management and strategic initiatives. During her 12-years-long career, she’s worked in various industries and has been focused on providing knowledge and expertise to facilitate innovation and change management. Currently working as a business initiatives consultant managing Canada and Latin America risk initiatives and project portfolio.
With 30 years of experience as an IT manager and project manager, among others, Jim Highsmith is a living legend in the field. An expert in Agile, he co-authored the Agile Manifesto – the founding document for Agile software development. He has consulted with IT and software companies all over the world helping them adapt to the increasingly complex changing environment. Jim is also a speaker at conferences and an author of numerous articles in major publications.
Ron Rosenhead is a project management consultant helping companies deliver projects more effectively. As an expert in project management training, he’s been providing support and coaching to other specialists in the field. He’s also spoken at conferences inspiring others to pursue their careers in project management. A co-author of “Strategies for Project Sponsorship”, which addresses the challenge of optimizing the role of the project sponsor.
Samad Aidane is a project management consultant and coach, passionate about the latest neuroscience research, which he uses to help organizations build inclusive leadership cultures. He is a university instructor, teaching courses related to his area of interest, and a director of research and development in a consultancy called Neurofrontier.
Bas de Baar is a visual facilitator, running a blog about project management called The Project Shrink, which is dedicated to the work of project managers and how they deal with various difficulties that they come across in their job.
Anne Gabrillagues is an Agile coach in different fields within IT projects to support teams throughout their development towards the adoption of Agility. She supports teams in sustainable adoption of Agile practices and the improvement of their work processes.
Jon Terry is an IT executive passionate about traditional and Lean/Agile project management. His areas of expertise include global strategic planning, organizational improvement and Lean software development, among others. Jon gained thorough education in international business and project management and has wide experience at executive positions in various companies. He’s has been a leader in Agile transformations for some of the largest healthcare organizations in the USA.
Bert Heymans is a project manager and business analyst experienced in leading web production projects, digital marketing and social media projects, with a strong background in software development. Passionate about bringing technology close to users so that they feel it really facilitates their work and is user-friendly. A team player who believes in coaching and empowerment.
Martin Webster is a head of application management with more than 20 years’ experience in service management and project delivery. His mission is to find simple solutions to complex business problems. His approach is highly practical and focused, based on years of experience in the field. Martin also writes about business change, project management and leadership teams at Leadership Thoughts.
Derek Huether’s experience in the business is wide and diverse. He’s been an advisor at senior leadership, a change agent, a consultant and a system and design thinker, which has given him valuable insight into the field. Derek is also a certified in Agile, Lean and Scrum. He writes and speaks about project management on his blog, at conferences and in various podcasts.
Donnie MacNicol is an expert programme and organisational consultant passionate about personal development, change and strategy. His goal is to focus on supporting the development of leadership on different levels to enable teams to fulfil their maximum potential. With highly professional and practical approach, Donnie is also an experienced speaker, author and coach. Author of The Delivery Manifesto™ & co-author of Project Leadership 3rd Edition.
Deanne Earle graduated in general business and management and has since pursued a successful career in project, programme and portfolio management. Experienced in working with and for major software and professional service providers, she’s gained expert knowledge on change implementation, strategy, planning and delivery, among others. She’s now an executive level consultant and expert practitioner.
Trentim is a certified project manager based in Brazil. Founder of a consulting company working with clients in Brazil and abroad. Experienced start-up mentor, author and professor. Mario has worked in a variety of industries providing assistance in strategic planning, portfolio and project management.
Helen Rittersporn is a passionate project manager and blogger. A George Washington University graduate, she has extensive technical experience with systems analysis and data analysis/mapping and is skilled in leading cross-divisional and multi-geographical teams to deliver on schedule. A public speaker and blogger, taking pride in writing her blog daily for over three years
Lew Sauder is a senior leader experienced in IT software implementations, business-process design and the alignment of IT with corporate strategy. Apart from his diverse consulting experience in a wide range of industries, he’s also a published author of three books on the topics related to project management as well as multiple publications and his weekly consulting blog, where he provides advice on consulting and career management.
Dawn Reid graduated in applied project management and has since worked as a project manager for major companies. She’s an expert in applying project management theories to deliver results. She’s proven successful in coaching geographically disbursed teams and motivating them to fulfil their highest potential. Able to work across a variety of frameworks.
Oliver F. Lehmann is a project management professional with educational background in business management and project management. Having gained considerable experience as a project management practitioner, he decided to take up a career of a project management trainer. Apart from that, he’s also a speaker and writer with many expert publications.
Amanda Moon is a professional working in the book publishing sector. She’s the owner of Moon & Company, a company that engages in editorial consulting. Amanda offers a wide range of services for writers, publishers and many more, which include project management and coaching, among others.
Bill Dow is a PMO manager and project management expert currently working for Microsoft. His goal is to improve project delivery excellence, create and run PMOs and mature processes. With a strong aptitude for business strategy and strategic thinking he’s been successful at planning on the strategic level and delivering on the tactical level. Bill is also a professor at Bellevue College, teaching courses in the project management certification program and the author of a project management blog, where he shares his tips and best practices.
Dave Gordon is an experienced portfolio, program and project manager managing human capital management transformation projects for global firms. Certified in project management, Scrum and human resources, he’s worked in various disciplines across the IT sector. Drawing from his 30 years’ experience, he’s been contributing to the field of project management writing The Practicing IT Project Manager blog, which is a valuable resource for project managers.
Jennifer Bridges creates self-paced downloadable courses for project managers on the go to earn PMI PDUs towards PMP certification. She’s also a CEO of a consulting and training firm with extensive experience with complex project/process optimisation and leadership development of project and program managers within the IT industry. She’s been sharing her experience with other project managers as a keynote speaker and author of Optimize Your Thinking™.
Although mostly engaged with human resources, Sharlyn is also skilled in project management and new program design. Having more than twenty years of experience in the profession, she’s been successful in bringing business solutions to reality. She’s a writer, speaker, management/leadership consultant and the author of HR Bartender blog.
With a degree in software engineering, Jurgen Appelo is a founder of Agility Scales, a company that offers an ap and a platform of Agile practices to businesses. He’s engaged in management to help creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century. Apart from being a successful entrepreneur, Jurgen is also a blogger, trainer and the author of the book “Management 3.0” on the role of the manager in Agile organizations as well as some other books related to the topic.
Ben Aston is the founder of The Digital Project Manager blog, which has become one of the largest and most credible platforms for digital project management information. With more than 15 years of experience in strategic thinking and tactical implementation working for top digital agencies, he’s gained expertise in design and strategy that can enable businesses to deliver innovative products and services to satisfy customers.
Holding an MBA in systems management from the University of Southern California, Glen Alleman is currently working in programmatic and technical risk management. He’s an expert in performance-based project management, strategy-based solution delivery and program portfolio management, among others. A passionate writer and conference speaker.
Carlos Pampliega is a member of the board of directors of Project Management Institute Spain. His mission is to promote project management among businesses and organisation and develop a community of project managers, facilitating networking and professional opportunities around PMI. Professionally, he has extensive experience as a project manager with projects of different fields, ranging from real estate development, public works management to innovation projects.
Gerald J. Leonard specialises in introducing productivity in the workplace. He’s a CEO of Principles of Execution, a consulting practice with more than twenty years of experience working with federal and state governments and multi-national corporations. In the course of his career, he’s worked as an IT project management consultant and gained multiple certifications.
Tania Melnyczuk has experience in guiding organisational leaders and entrepreneurs towards changes required for effective project management. She has led training in many countries in Africa, working with businesses of various sizes as well as governments and multi-national organizations. She’s also trained staff and students at Wits and the University of Stellenbosch Business School. A director at ProjectManagement.co.za, a company that provides training, mentoring and coaching in project management to organisations and individuals.
Dan Chuparkoff is a product manager and innovative software development leader who helps build great software teams. He has been a successful group manager delivering various successful software products. His unique insights from more than two decades in the business have helped organizations optimize their teamwork and create value for their customers.
Although not working as a project manager, Seth Godin’s work can be of great value for personal and professional development of project managers. As Seth himself puts it, he always “thought of his career as a series of projects, not jobs”, and so his approach has helped many people level up their professional career. He’s published nineteen bestselling books and created the altMBA, a leadership and management workshop.
Drew Davison owns and is a principal consultant at Davison Consulting. He is the developer of Project Pre-Check, which is a framework for launching projects and guiding their successful delivery, and the author of a book “Project Pre-Check FastPath - The Project Manager’s Guide to Stakeholder Management” as well as a number of articles for magazines and newsletters. Currently writing a monthly blog for Project Times.
Robert Galen is widely considered as a “Coach of Coaches” in the Agile community, thanks to his extensive experience with Agile. As Certified Enterprise Coach, he’s been actively coaching Agile teams as an internal change agent, as well as an external consultant. Experience not only in Agile coaching, but also in areas such as project management and portfolio management.
Richard Larson is a co-founder of Watermark Learning, a company providing business analysis and project management training and certification preparation. Their approach is practical and focuses on tailoring the courses to the needs of particular professions, such as business analyst or project manager. Richard has worked in the industry for over 30 years and has always enjoyed the part of his job which includes sharing skills and knowledge with others. A co-writer of books on project management.
Elizabeth Larson has over 30 years of experience in project management, business analysis and influencing skills, during which she’s gained invaluable expertise on the topic. She then decided to share the knowledge, co-authoring books and contributing chapters to compilations, as well as contributing articles to BA Times, Project Times and Modern Analyst. She is also an active speaker and a lead author on the PMBOK® Guide – Fourth and Fifth Editions and the BABOK® Guide 2.0. Co-founder of Watermark Learning.
George Pitagorsky is a project management professional contributing to Project Times. Author of "The Zen Approach to Project Management: Working from Your Center to Manage Expectations and Performance", "Managing Conflict in Projects: Applying Mindfulness and Analysis", "Managing Expectations: A Mindful Approach top Achieving Success" and many courses, articles and papers.
Alfonso Enrique Núñez Nieto is a project director with PMP certification and a master in project management. He’s worked in project management across different sectors and has gained knowledge that he’s now sharing with students as a university instructor.
Dana Brownlee is a corporate trainer and a business strategy consultant. Founder of Professionalism Matters, a corporate training company. She’s been an engaging speaker at events across the globe and her first book “The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up: Project Management Techniques from the Trenches” is now awaiting publication.
Michael Wood has been an active project manager and corporate executive in various industries. He’s also conducted numerous workshops and seminars on different topics related to project management. Michael believes that successful business project efforts have to be preceded by outcome driven strategies implemented at all levels of the organization.
Jesse Fewell is a writer, coach and trainer in innovation and Agile methods. A specialist in management practices, he founded the PMI Agile Community of Practice, co-created the PMI-ACP® Agile certification, and co-authored the Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide®. He’s also been a contributing editor to PM Network, the official membership magazine of the PMI.
As a president at Leading Answers, Mike Griffiths helps others by solving issues within project management and leadership, using traditional and Agile methods. Himself an Agile consultant, he assists organizations effectively combine different aspects to deliver valuable solutions. Mike published two books for people studying to take the PMI-ACP examination. A regular contributor to project management and Agile publications.
With a degree in business studies and applied project management, Eileen has pursued a successful career in project management and so decided to use her experience in the field to provide training for PMO professionals as part of PMO Learning. Passionate about the practical application of project management within organizations, she’s an active member of API and PMI, as well as a conference speaker.
Jeff Sutherland is the inventor of Scrum, an Agile framework for managing knowledge work. He’s been CTO of eleven different software companies and established his own company, Scrum, Inc., which is now recognized as the premiere source of Scrum training in the world.
Ken Schwaber co-developed the Scrum framework to help organizations manage complex development projects. He also founded the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. The author of four books about Scrum. His contribution to the development of management software should not be underestimated.
Dux Raymond Sy is a certified project management professional with over 20 years of business and technology experience. He’s experienced in sales, marketing and technology innovation who has driven business transformation initiatives for different sectors across the globe. The author of “SharePoint for Project Management”.
A specialist in the technology project management, Gayle McDowell can be an invaluable source of information on how to enter the business. She has a strong background in software development and prior experience as a software engineer at Google, Microsoft and Apple. A founder of CareerCup, she is the author of Cracking the Coding Interview, Cracking the PM Interview, and Cracking the Tech Career interview books.
Brett Harned is a digital project manager with over 15 years of experience in building and managing digital projects of all shapes and sizes. He prides himself in being able to find the right communication tactic to manage in difficult situations and being an inspiration for teams to do their best work. Brett is also an active writer about digital project management, with numerous publications, as well as a speaker and teacher at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Founder of the Digital PM Summit.
Dustin Maherg is an experienced project manager holding a GMBA from IE Business School. He’s managed teams of 150 to 550 employees to produce winning results. He takes pride in being a leader with high level of emotional intelligence and ability to adapt to any environment, which results in great team relationships. Currently a vice president at Partner Industrial.
Kurt Schmidt is a president of Foundry, a digital product design agency which helps to develop companies and transform them into digital leaders. A host of The Schmidt List Podcast, he focuses on illustrating that traditional management techniques no longer apply in modern world companies. He’s also an author of articles and nationally recognized publications on project management.
Cliff Gulley has worked as a product manager for over ten years, gaining knowledge and experience which he’s now sharing at his blog, The Clever PM. On the blog, he provides tips, tricks and hacks that help others become better and more clever product managers. A creative and effective problem solver, he feels best in an environment of growth and controlled chaos.
Julia Wester is a manager, consultant, coach and trainer, helping companies organize their work effectively. She’s a co-founder and principal consultant at Lagom Solutions. A certified Kanban Coaching Professional, she writes a blog about Kanban, Lean, Agile and management – Everyday Kanban.
David Gordon is a certified project manager, experienced in leading enterprise-scale projects in a variety of sectors, such as medical technology, IT, energy, real estate and financial products. He earned a degree in business commerce from the University of Calgary and is now a CEO of CNA Diagnostics.
Harry Hall is the author of The Project Risk Coach consultancy, where, as a principal trainer and consultant, he supports project managers from around the world to lead projects in an effective and successful way. He has over 15 years of experience in managing projects and implementing PMOs.
Mark Jansen is a head of communications for Google Northern Europe. Since project management is one of his areas of expertise, he doesn’t stop inspiring other managers to develop and advance. Describes himself as result-oriented and an expert in building collaborative relationships, used to working in complex regulatory environments.
Adrian Turner is a project manager with experience in manufacturing businesses, who helps drive continuing business process improvements and problem-solving processes. He takes pride in championing and promoting a project management approach in delivering change to people’s approach to working with business and considers project management an underlying factor in providing the best environment for success.
An independent programme and portfolio office professional, Ken Burrell works as a freelance consultant helping organizations improve the way they change. His experience allows him to understand the challenges that project managers face, which makes it possible for him to assist them in their challenges.
Nicole Reilly is an independent PMO, business analyst and project management consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the field. As her areas of specialisations, she enumerates improving change delivery capabilities across projects, programmes and portfolios, and leveraging PPM solutions to drive better business outcomes.
Margaret Meloni is project manager with over 18 years of experience, a coach and a teacher. She’s an instructor in the Project Management Certificate Program at UCLA with a genuine passion for teaching. Her mission is to help budding project managers become the best managers they could be and so she remains a source of great inspiration for her students. She is also the community leader at pmStudent, a platform with valuable study advice.
Mustafa Aziz Khalifa is an experienced project manager holding an MBA in project management. He’s responsible for using best practice PMO methodology to create project plans that are suitable for clients and deliver desired outcomes. He’s an expert in strategic planning and project management, a successful leader and team builder.
A certified project management professional and industrial psychologist, Bernardo Tirado has a record of successfully developing business strategies, building global PMOs and transforming organizations through process improvement. He teaches strategic project management at Baruch College and has authored book publications related to the topics of project management, leadership and human behaviour in the workplace.
Guillaume Laforge is a recognized developer and a frequent speaker on subjects of developing and programming applications with extensive experience in managing projects. He has gained his expertise as a project manager of the Groovy programming language for the Java Virtual Machine and, in consequence, co-authored a book on Groovy.
Having gained extensive experience as a project manager, Ed Laccohee became the director of Controlled Projects, a company that has helped management improve business practices through project assistance and framework improvement. Ed wants to make sure managers use their team’s potential to the fullest.
Keith Privette has a skill set that reaches from the business processes to the conceptual technical design for many different types of businesses and technologies. The different positions he’s worked at taught him to be adaptable and creative in finding solutions to problems. A master of innovative technologies.
Saman Kouretchian is a specialist in marketing and a real estate broker, with a wide experience in project management in the technology industry. He’s been featured in many publications, such as the NY Times, the NY Post and many others. His varied expertise and impressive experience places him among the most influential people in project management.
With over twenty years of experience as a project manager, Louis Seabra Coelho has been responsible for project from different industries, focusing particularly on the business benefits provided by the projects’ outputs. His goal as a project manager is to see the people side of the industry and how it can benefit different elements of the management process.
With thorough education in project management and a wide range of certifications, Neil Walker has led a successful career in top companies. Currently a senior project manager and Agile coach at Royal Mail, he’s developed new ways of working across functional business areas, successfully introducing Agile adoption. A coach, trainer and a passionate leader and mentor.
Michael B. Flint is a recognized project management authority, with varied professional experience. He has a record of successfully delivering key strategic projects and programs across different industries. Drawing from his long career, he has become an inspiring speaker and an important project management figure.
Project Managers are ambitious and hard-working people that constantly look for new areas for development. Our list of top influencers is certainly not exhaustive, so we’re waiting for your contribution. Now you know who is our inspiration so let us know what are your top influencers! Did you find them on our list?
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