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Nigel Creaser, PMP, PMQ is a Project and Programme Manager with over 20 years of experience leading change for public and private sector organisations across a vast array sectors and technologies. He is also a former PMI UK Chapter board member.

He hosts The Sunday Lunch Project Podcast where he conducts in depth interviews with leading project professionals from around the world. He focusses on digging into their varied backgrounds and working out what makes project managers tick.

To complement this, he adds a sprinkle of tangential Interview topics from building a better culture to using strengths to shape your team to using Lego to facilitate your workshops.

He has also authored and published a number books on Project Management and Amazon Alexa. On top of this, he has launched his first, and possibly the only, original Project Manager music. When he is not working, writing, interviewing, coding or being a dad and husband, he likes to relax on the Judo mat or run along the canal near his home in North Shropshire.

Embedded below are all episodes of the Sunday Lunch Project Manager Podcast that have been broadcast since 2019. We invite you to listen to them and increase your knowledge of the project management profession.

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This episode we have part two of my interview with Chris Field, The PMI UK Chapter Chair. Maybe we will find out more about the cliff hanger that he left us will in the last episode.


Chris is an experienced project, programme and PMO professional with a wealth of experience and passion for results. He has been an active volunteer with the Chapter for almost twenty years. He is currently in his second term as President; having previously held the role from 2009-2012.

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This episode is part one of my interview with Chris Field, The current PMI Chapter President. Chris is an experienced project, programme and PMO professional with a wealth of experience and passion for results. He has been an active volunteer with the Chapter for almost twenty years. He is currently in his second term as President; having previously held the role from 2009-2012.

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This episode we have part two of my interview with Professor Eddie Obeng, The Human Energy Drink.
Eddie is described by the Financial Times as a 'leading revolutionary' and 'agent provocateur', Eddie is a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henley Business School, founder and Learning Director of Pentacle The Virtual Business School, and a leading business theorist, innovator and educator.
“The Rock Star of Business Education" Duke Corporate
Education He is the author of ten books including two Financial Times bestsellers and the ever popular All Change!
Known as a pioneer in digital transformation, design thinking and organisational agility, he provides a no-nonsense overview about how traditional rules of doing business no longer apply while offering extensive guidance to reach new heights in fast-changing business environments. He is a regular speaker at TED, Thinking Digital, Poptech, Google Zeitgeist, USI, Communitech and Gartner Conferences.

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This episode we have part one of my interview with Professor Eddie Obeng, The Human Energy Drink.

Eddie is described by the Financial Times as a 'leading revolutionary' and 'agent provocateur', Eddie is a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henley Business School, founder and Learning Director of Pentacle The Virtual Business School, and a leading business theorist, innovator and educator. 

“The Rock Star of Business Education" Duke Corporate 

Education He is the author of ten books including two Financial Times bestsellers and the ever popular All Change!

Known as a pioneer in digital transformation, design thinking and organisational agility, he provides a no-nonsense overview about how traditional rules of doing business no longer apply while offering extensive guidance to reach new heights in fast-changing business environments. He is a regular speaker at TED, Thinking Digital, Poptech, Google Zeitgeist, USI, Communitech and Gartner Conferences.

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Part 2 : Another Playful Saturday Brunch with Simon  Dutton, The Lego Man

Simon is a talks to us about LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.which is a facilitated meeting, communication and problem solving method that leads participants through a series of questions which go deeper and deeper.

Each participant builds their own three-dimensional LEGO model using specially selected LEGO bricks in response to the facilitator’s questions.

These 3D models become the basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing, problem solving and decision making.

Simon is a Certified Facilitator LEGO® Serious Play® and Project Manager.

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A Playful Saturday Brunch with Simon  Dutton, The Lego Man

Simon is a talks to us about LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.which is a facilitated meeting, communication and problem solving method that leads participants through a series of questions which go deeper and deeper.

Each participant builds their own three-dimensional LEGO model using specially selected LEGO bricks in response to the facilitator’s questions.

These 3D models become the basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing, problem solving and decision making.

Simon is a Certified Facilitator LEGO® Serious Play® and Project Manager.

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In this episode of the Saturday Brunch we have the second part of the chat with Jonathan Norman.

Following a 30 year career in business publishing, Jonathan Norman now works as knowledge manager for the Major Projects Association.

The techniques and tools he uses to curate and collate content for the knowledge repository; design and facilitate virtual activities and knowledge sharing events; and to model and socialise collaborative and co-creative behaviour are a 21st Century expression of what he used to do in printed books.

He emphasizes the importance of personal knowledge networks and social learning as part of the capabilities associated with managing in uncertain and changing times.

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In this episode of the Saturday Brunch we have the second part of the chat with Jonathan Norman.

Following a 30 year career in business publishing, Jonathan Norman now works as knowledge manager for the Major Projects Association.

The techniques and tools he uses to curate and collate content for the knowledge repository; design and facilitate virtual activities and knowledge sharing events; and to model and socialise collaborative and co-creative behaviour are a 21st Century expression of what he used to do in printed books.

He emphasizes the importance of personal knowledge networks and social learning as part of the capabilities associated with managing in uncertain and changing times.

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This month the award-winning academic PM Dr Karen Thompson returns to talk about her project management career.

Karen is an experienced practitioner turned innovative academic.  She is passionate about transforming Project Management practice and education through research that explores the creative, ethical and human dimensions of projects.  

At Bournemouth University she leads the MSc Organisational Project Management and undergraduate units in project management.  In 2017 Karen won the Herbert Walton Award from APM for the relevance to practice of her research on social media in project management, and in 2019 received the Teaching Excellence Award from PMI UK.  

Her current research interests include the application of Responsible Project Management in contexts such as refugee camps and the development of local action to achieve ‘Net Zero’ targets for greenhouse gas emissions.

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This month's Saturday Brunch features an interview I did with the Project Management web site PM Tips (pmtips.net) a very different experience being on the other side of the interview microphone.
PM Tips is a real-life guide for people who are interested in developing a career or are already working in the field of project management. It covers a wide range of project management topics in a very simple, yet effective language.
With articles written by experienced project professionals and various subject expert contributors, it is a must-read for all beginners and veterans in the field of project management.

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In this month's interview I meet Gordon Mackellar, Gordon is a professionally qualified (PMP, MAPM, MCIPD) project leader and Project Director at Prime Design Projects. He has implemented business and capital projects around the globe, leading and inspiring dispersed project teams from different cultural backgrounds.

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In this interview, I talk to  Ricardo Vargas about the PMI's Brightline intiiative.

Ricardo

Over the past 20 years, Ricardo has been responsible for more than 80 major transformation projects in several countries within the oil and gas, energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, information technology and finance industries, covering an investment portfolio of over 20 billion USD.

He is also an entrepreneur in the digital economy, with a focus on project management tools using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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This month I meet Emily Luijbregts PMP, EM the PM.

Emily is Project Manager and Scrum Master who has excelled working virtually and with a variety of different cultures. Whilst working in Europe she has been working on developing training for working with different cultures and empowering your project team.

Since 2017, she has ’been actively speaking and sharing knowledge with the Project Management Community with the aim of helping other Project Management Professionals be the best professionals they can be.

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Today's Saturday Brunch interview I am being a Responsible Project manager with Dr Karen Thompson  Karen is an experienced practitioner turned innovative academic.  She is passionate about transforming Project Management practice and education through research that explores the creative, ethical and human dimensions of projects.  

 At Bournemouth University she leads the MSc Organisational Project Management and undergraduate units in project management.  In 2017 Karen won the Herbert Walton Award from APM for the relevance to practice of her research on social media in project management, and in 2019 received the Teaching Excellence Award from PMI UK.    

Her current research interests include the application of Responsible Project Management in contexts such as refugee camps and the development of local action to achieve ‘Net Zero’ targets for greenhouse gas emissions.  

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In this episode I meet Sidar OK.  Sidar is an executive coach and renowned independent management consultant in IT strategy, and founder of IQoach. He helped dozens of professionals to multiply their value in the job market, and capture that value personally by becoming a freelancer, getting promoted, getting raises, etc.

His clients are no less than fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Fujitsu, etc.

His new coaching program is specifically geared for employees wishing to increase their income by becoming an independent consultant www.employeetoindependent.com

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Today's Saturday Brunch interview I am talking Bollocks with Susie Palmer- Trew and Peter Taylor as I get the inside track on their new book Project Management: It's All Bollocks! where two people who vaguely know each other and barely like each other will pick over the sadly inadequate body of knowledge that is project management today, and generally challenge just about everything.

 The authors offer up a selection of seven cracking ideas, that when applied to a project environment will ultimately result in you being a good manager of projects in this modern world of business complexity." 

Susie is the has recently been described as a change-shaker which she quite likes it.she is also a mega keen first-time author. Genuinely really good at leading, landing and managing change, but without bravado and consultancy bullshit.  Last year she was awarded the inaugural PMI UK Young Project Professional 2019. 

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Praveen Malik is a startup enthusiast and sales conversion guru. But his first love remain in Project Management. Praveen is a well-renowned speaker, trainer, author, and project management coach. He helps PMP aspirants through his project management blog (https://www.pmbypm.com/). Nowadays, he devotes a major chunk of his time & energy in growth hacking startups and small businesses (http://resourcerede.com/).

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Today  Saturday Brunch interview features Paul J. Bedford, The Cyber Security Guy. He spend his days protecting global corporation's customer data, finances & assets from cyber attacks and Paul gives us project managers some pointers on what we should be thinking about in the security arena.

Paul is a Lead Cyber Security Business Analyst with more than 20 years frontline experience delivering critical technical systems in different industry sectors including government, retail banking, commercial banking, publishing, oil, utility and insurance companies.  An individual with exceptional leadership and keen business partner skills.  Manages and influences with accountability, detail and accuracy.  Results driven, focused on processes, profitability, efficiencies, service and customer satisfaction.  Able to make tough decisions under high pressure.  Friendly, approachable person who can communicate complex ideas in a simplistic, easy to understand manner to all levels.  Originally from a Development and Training background, managed teams of developers and many projects through the full project life cycle which led naturally into Cyber Security Business Analysis.

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Ron Rosenhead has been involved in project management in some way shape or form for at least 15 years. This includes training, consulting, coaching as well as speaking at conferences. 

He enjoys working with individual, groups or organisations working on your agenda!!

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Dr Mike Clayton is a Business Author, Conference Speaker, Facilitator, and Trusted Advisor

but these describe what he does, not who he is.

Are you looking for a curious soul, committed to intellectual rigour, transparent communication, and the highest professional standards?

With Mike as your speaker, you are in safe hands, assured of honesty, entertainment and insight.
You can always rely upon his work to be rigorously researched, carefully crafted and extensively rehearsed.

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In this Saturday brunch episode I give a quick reprise of my recent LinkedIn article on the new PMI Logo.

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Joe Pusz has been a Project Management advocate for over 20 years.  As a leader in the Project Management space, clients and peers have nicknamed him  "PMO Joe".  

Joe frequently speaks at Industry events leading the charge to help organizations understand the value of effective Project Management.  Joe is the President of THE PMO SQUAD, a Project Management consultancy that is 100% Project Management 100% of the time.  

THE PMO SQUAD helps clients implement PMO's and Project Management best practices, as well as provide Training, PM Software Selection & Support, Project Resources, Fractional Project Management Solutions for smaller organizations who don't need a full-time solution.  

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This episode is the first Sunday Brunch episode with the great Colin D Ellis talking about his new book Culture Fix. The playbook for building a great culture Culture is the key to success for every organisation, but what do great cultures do and what makes them successful? In Culture Fix, author Colin D Ellis shows you how to change the way you do things and create a winning culture that will keep your organisation relevant today and into the future. 

No matter your business, industry or country, your culture's success depends on the emotional intelligence and engagement of people within it. Whether you're a CEO, a manager, or a team leader, this comprehensive playbook provides everything you need to build self-motivating teams capable of delivering great value and great employee experiences for your organisation. 

Many organisations lack the knowledge for creating cultures that are uniquely suited for their people. Culture Fix offers real-world solutions to problems of culture change in organisations and teams of all types and sizes. build an aspirational vision for your organisation or team create a set of values that mean something enhances the communication between your people adopt the mindsets and behaviours for a successful culture create the right environment for innovation and creativity. Practical, insightful, honest and funny,

 Culture Fix: How to create a great place to work will show you how to create a workplace where great people can accomplish great things. Find out more at https://www.culturefix.xyz/

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Patti Mclaughlin is the 862nd person to obtain the Program Management Professional (PgMP) certification out of 2770 people in the world as of February 2019.  She have a passion for the PM profession and truly loves what she does.

Born in Canada and after years living on the East Coast, Patricia McLaughlin (Patti), relocated to Evergreen, CO in 2009.  Described as a global, compliance, implementation project and program manager, she enjoys mentoring and sharing industry best practices. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Towson University and earned certifications in project and program management.  

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In this episode I have a chat with Dr David Hillson, The Risk Doctor.

Dr David Hillson, The Risk Doctor, is an international thought-leader in risk management, with a global reputation as an excellent speaker and award-winning author. Countless individuals, teams and organisations have benefited from his blend of innovative insights with practical application, presented in an accessible style that combines clarity with humour. He also shares his insights regularly through books, papers and articles, as well as the regular series of Risk Doctor Briefings. David’s speaking and writing is guided by the Risk Doctor motto: “Understand profoundly so you can explain simply.

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In this episode I have a chat with Colin D Ellis, The Getting Sh*t Done Guy.

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In this episode I have a chat with Ben Aston, The Digital Project Manager.

Ben brings over 15 years of experience in both strategic thinking and tactical implementation from a career at top digital agencies including FCV, Dare, Wunderman, DLKW Lowe and DDB. He's been fortunate enough to work across verticals including transit, utilities, FMCG, consumer electronics, eCommerce, automotive, financial services, public sector, and retail brands.

Ben's a Certified Scrum Master, PRINCE2 Practitioner and founder of the digital project management blog, The Digital Project Manager.Founded in 2011, The Digital Project Manager has become one of the largest and most credible platforms for digital project management information and thought leadership. With feature articles, how-to guides, tools, reviews, jobs and funnies, The Digital Project Manager draws on the rapidly expanding, global audience of digital project managers. 

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This is a mid month short cast with musings I have gathered over the past few days.

Seth Godin's podcast can be found at akimbo.me here is a link to the episode I mention  https://www.akimbo.me/blog/s-4-e-9-pizza-sushi-joy-and-mediocrity .

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In this episode I have a chat with Lindsay Scott, The PMO Mob Collector.

Lindsay Scott co-founded Arras People in 2002 following a career at Esso and Hewlett Packard. Following her graduation from Manchester University, Lindsay went onto work within the recruitment arm of Esso before leaving to join Hewlett Packard. At Hewlett Packard, she worked within the professional services consulting division, first as a Project Co-ordinator and then the Project Office Manager for the division.

It was during her time at Hewlett Packard, recruiting for a project office of 20+ members that Lindsay came face to face with the issues of recruiting good project management professionals.

 When the opportunity came along to set up her own business she knew there was definitely a place in the UK recruitment market for a recruitment agency that really understood its subject matter. 

Lindsay manages the marketing and sales function at Arras People today; in addition, she still occasionally recruits for PMO roles (because she can’t resist!) and provides careers clinics for PMO professionals. Lindsay also carries out speaking engagements on project management careers topics and can be contacted through Arras People for more information. 

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In this episode I have a chat with Peter Taylor, The Lazy Project Manager (www.thelazyprojectmanager.com).