>>Project management has a broader sense than just finance,
economy and trade, and this is what many organizations are
beginning to realize—even those that are business-oriented.
In “A Brand New Day” in the March issue, Gary R.
Heerkens, MBA, CBM, PMP, concluded his article about
project management with: “It all comes down to one word:
business.” In my opinion, this
is a harsh reduction of the
project management con-
cept. This kind of think-
ing may have contributed
to the economic rundown
that we see today, with
everything centered on
how much money we
need and the financial
I understand the current financial situation
may trigger this direction of thought in our
minds. However, project management
has a broader sense than just finance, economy and
trade, and this is what many organizations are beginning
to realize—even those that are business-oriented. That’s
why a company with an experienced CFO, account
managers with MBAs and other financial experts in its
ranks is still looking for talented project managers
focused on the quality of the end result, their working
environment and sustainability.
If I recall correctly, among the first types of organizations to adopt project management were space
exploration agencies, such as NASA (National
Aeronautics and Space Administration), which had
its projects driven by scientific research, national
demands, et cetera without any real business or
financial investment. In addition, some project managers have different perspectives that lead them to
pursue and succeed in this field. For many of them,
it all comes down to high-quality deliverables, better
value, and even personal and social improvement.
—Ahmad Al-Ani, MD, PMP
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
IN SEARCH OF SOLUTIONS
I recently lost my job in the financial industry and I am
looking for solutions. I just joined PMI and am preparing
for Project Management Professional (PMP)SM certification.
Things really started to change once I read the PMI
publications—very exciting articles. And I have to admit
this is the first time I read 90 percent of a magazine’s
When I lost my job, I was quite pessimistic about the
situation. But I really found myself in the December PM
Network article by Roberto Toledo, PMP: “Opportunity
Knocks: Global economic troubles may mean it’s time to
I see now that the tough times of the past are a
valuable experience: Leading the internal affairs of a
company in distress can teach you a lot.
I just finalized my presentation as an independent
consultant and have modified my LinkedIn profile.
My next step will be to contact the PMI Netherlands
>>I see now that the tough times of the
past are a valuable experience: Leading
the internal affairs of a company in
distress can teach you a lot.
Chapter to start my integration into the PMI community, which I seem to share many thoughts with. Also,
it’s time to contact people from my network and set up
Thank you for the article.
—Marcela Gia Betiu
CORRECTION: In February’s In the Field, the maker of Trifecta was misidentified. The company should have been listed as
Trifecta Global Infrastructure Solutions in Auckland, New Zealand.