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  • The Manager as Helper


    In his tireless search for excellence in project management, the late Alexander Laufer sought the expertise of those in professions not typically associated with project management, but who still had to manage a diverse group of people for endeavors that were either temporary or in flux. One such expert, Linda Procci, during her forty-year career…

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  • Leading by Listening


    Irv Kieback’s thirty-six years at Procter & Gamble spanned six locations with multiple assignments in engineering, manufacturing management, human resources, and IT. Among other projects, he oversaw the shutdown of a major manufacturing facility and led the development of SAP for Procter & Gamble’s North American manufacturing plants.  He is currently president of Pragmatic Consultants,…

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  • Relinquishing Control to Gain Control


    Lynda Rutledge currently serves as the Program Executive Officer for Air Force Mobility and Training Aircraft Programs but has had a long and successful career acquiring complex systems and designing business strategies for the Department of Defense. The late Alexander Laufer, author of seven books on project management, sat down with Rutledge to learn about…

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  • Michael Leckrone: Band Director as Project Manager


    Michael Leckrone, director of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band—year after year, one of the top marching bands in the country—will retire this spring after 50 years on the job. Throughout his distinguished career, Leckrone relied on an array of project management tools and practices to manage the 300-member band and 50-member support staff. As…

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