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International Project
Management Day 2023

Your Project Management Quiver: Project Management Agility

James Trela

Project Manager
iPoint, Inc.
James Trela

About the Presentation

Have you ever heard the saying: “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”? That doesn’t make for much of a carpenter. The more tools you have, and have mastered, the more useful and valuable a carpenter you can be. The same thinking can relate to Project Management. The more tools, methods, and techniques you have to use, like arrows in a quiver, the more projects you can target and complete successfully. But this doesn’t mean that ever PM has the same arrows in their quiver. Like clubs in your golf bag, many people use different tools and techniques to make their shots, and complete the hole successfully. Where I struggle to use a fairway wood, I use my irons quite successfully. My friend, however, cannot his his irons to save his life, so he has a variety of woods to accomplish the same task. Once again, this same metaphor can be applied to project management. Versatility and success in a number of project scenarios comes from mastering a number of tools and techniques, and knowing when and where to apply them.

About James Trela

James Trela has over 25 years of project management experience working with companies in various industries including: automotive, apparel, container manufacturing, electronic data interchange, sales lead management, podcasting, and a few more. Trela has his PMP Certification for PMI, a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Masters of Science in information systems and technology from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Walsh College of Business and Accountancy. Trela received the 2018 Acknoweledgement Ambassador Award from IIL and the Grateful Leader Certified Professional Certification. Trella lives in southeast Michigan with his wife, his 9 children, and 8 grandchildren.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify the key factors that are holding you and your team back from achieving goals and dreams. 
  • Analyze the steps to overcome fear, indecision, or disorientation to plan a path for success. 
  • Assess the benefits of pushing through the obstacles that stand in your team’s way.