About Dave ©

In addition to actively serving clients in various project management roles, I am privileged to lead the great team we have at Project Outlier. I am a strategist, an entrepreneur and a creative. I have an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Economics and an MBA with an emphasis in Information Systems Management. You can find out more about me by visiting my personal blog and I'd love to connect with you on LinkedIn.

“Five to Seven” Process Framework

There are a number of frameworks we use regularly to help effectively manage projects. One such framework is what we call, “Five to Seven”.

The “Five to Seven” framework is essentially the simple idea that most processes can and should be explained in five to seven steps. An overall process should be explained in five to seven steps. A process step can and should be explained in five to seven sub-steps. A problem can be solved in […]

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Why Conflict is Good for Your Project

When I was a younger project manager, I strived for perfection. The ultimate goal was to run the perfect project where everything was completed on-time, within budget, with great quality and to the absolute delight of the customer. When I say everything had to be perfect, I mean everything. Every milestone. Every task. Every detail.

I was fortunate to manage a few projects that went pretty much just like that. Nearly perfect. And when all […]

By |January 16th, 2013|Tips|Comments Off on Why Conflict is Good for Your Project|

Success: Mission, Vision, Goals, Objectives…and Projects!

When it comes to success, there’s lots of talk about mission statements, vision statements, goals and objectives — and for good reason. These tools can be incredibly helpful to define the what and the why of success. A great mission statement helps people understand the underlying reason why the team or organization exists. A good vision statement defines a preferred future that inspires individuals, teams and organizations to see what the future could or should look like. A solid set of goals […]

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What is a Project Manager?

A project is something that you plan and do, usually in a series of steps, to achieve a specific objective or outcome within a specific timeframe. The goal of a project is to achieve some sort of positive result, benefit or success.
A project manager is someone who oversees the completion of a project.
Typically, a project manager helps define the core elements of the project — scope, schedule, and resources — based on the defined goals […]

By |December 27th, 2012|Tips|Comments Off on What is a Project Manager?|

The Five Stages of Every Project

According to the Project Management Institute, there are five stages or sets of steps that every single project must follow:
1. Initiate.
During this stage, interested people define the project at a high-level, identify the goals of the project and set the guidelines and constraints to govern the project going forward. Once defined, a decision is made to move forward with the project or not.

The most important questions to address during this stage include:

What is […]

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