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International Project
Management Day 2023

Linking Jazz, Lean, and Project Management

Debbie Hughes

Sr. Project Manager
Elite Technologies
Debbie Hughes

About the Presentation

What’s the link between Jazz, Lean, and Project Management? This session will give a summary of how Lean can reduce multi-tasking, errors, and expensive re-work; Jazz and its improvisational spirit, hidden communication and focus on customer success; and PMI’s power skills build trust and respect with your fellow musicians/project team members. How the notes in music can be likened to individual project tasks; and how as a project manager – we have to keep the beat going – ensuring the efficiency, adaptability and collaboration whilst ensuring every team member shines.

Key Takeaways

  • Analyze how the great Jazz musicians use non-verbal communication to create flow and how you can apply this in your projects. 
  • How improvisation is a key skill in running projects.  
  • That sticking to a plan isn’t always possible and how to navigate your way to success.  
  • How you can effectively apply the powerful techniques of Jazz and Lean in your projects.  

About Debbie Hughes

Debbie Hughes, PMP is a Senior Project Manager at Elite – the leading global provider of innovative business management solutions that enable law firms and professional services organizations to streamline operations, maximize efficiency, and increase visibility into all aspects of their businesses. Debbie has a proven track record of running projects locally and globally. She has successfully worked with the legal, automotive manufacturing, banking, and pharmaceutical industries applying Agile, Lean principles and PMI’s methodologies. Debbie is committed to customer service, continuous improvement, and delivering value for businesses. It’s through Debbie’s love of playing musical instruments that the synergy of linking music with Lean and Project Management has evolved.