Let's Talk Project Management Podcast Interview with Elizabeth Harrin

March 10, 2021

What an eloquent guest we have on the show this week… it’s no wonder she’s an esteemed writer, speaker and coach. Elizabeth Harrin talks us through business change and all-things project management, from the days of Gantt charts right the way through to today’s world of AI and agile fluidity. Whether you’re a project-management novice or a seasoned pro, you’ll definitely learn something from the ever-insightful Elizabeth. What is business change going to look like in a new era?

Show Notes

  • How project management has moved away from ticking boxes on a Gantt chart
  • The definition of the term ‘project manager’
  • The biggest challenges to the industry going forwards
  • The difficulty of finding the right project management tools
  • How to introduce flexibility into project management thinking
  • The value of introducing project management at board level
  • How to find the right resources to run a successful project
  • The importance of people in project management work
  • Why you need a mentor
  • Elizabeth’s advice to people starting out in project management
  • How best to pass on organisational knowledge
  • How Elizabeth got into writing
  • How the industry has moved to embrace more female voices


"If you have a project manager and everything goes well, people will say at the end ‘why did we need you? It all went really well.’ And if you get to the end of the project and you didn't have a project manager they go, ‘Wow - that was a real mess. If only we'd had a project manager."
"I'd like to see project managers represented on the board through a chief project officer or a chief strategy delivery officer. We need to elevate business change to something that is relevant and board-worthy in its own right, instead of saying projects fall under IT or projects fall into the finance team."
"It really comes down to project management being more around professional judgment and smarter decision making and less around textbook answers."
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