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Gene Bounds

Gene Bounds is the president of Bounds Associates. Bounds Associates provides advice, assistance, and training on business management, project/program management, acquisition management, and financial management. Mr. Bounds worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and Robbins-Gioia.

Advice Articles

180 Degrees X 2

Gene Bounds has watched the theory of “project management go through a number of changes.

Advisory Group

 Gene Bounds says, “As executive sponsor it is critical to understand who on the leadership team would be affected or could gain benefit from the  project."

Calm the Currents

Gene Bounds suggests that a program team should get used to...

Carry the Message

Gene Bounds suggests a successful executive sponsor needs to be


Gene Bounds suggests that we don’t celebrate our successes sufficiently.

Change Effect

Gene Bounds spent several years on...

Change Professional

Gene Bounds suggests “You need to acknowledge that a project or program will introduce change to the organization.

Constructive Friction

As Gene Bounds defines it, constructive friction is...

Culture Change

Gene Bounds recalls a large program that involved the Federal...

Emotional Maturity Skills

Gene Bounds suggests there is a correlation between a team’s emotional maturity and...

Excerpt 1: Strategic Planning

Eugene Bounds: The strategic plan is often an artifact...

Excerpt 2: Strategic Planning

Eugene Bounds: we talked about the ideal scenario would be that at every...

Excerpt 4: Strategic Planning

Eugene Bounds: So, each of those stakeholders has a set of data...

Get on the Agenda

 Gene Bounds suggests a technique he uses

Just Say No

Gene Bounds suggests the executive sponsor is a key person in the program. 

Kick-off and Forget

Gene Bounds suggests the executive sponsors often kick-off and forget

Leverage Stakeholder

Gene Bounds think executive sponsors often fail to recognize who on the executive or leadership team has a stake in the project.

More is Less

Gene Bounds suggests that the more diverse the inputs from across the...

No PM?

Gene Bounds considers the question...

Parallel Collaboration

Gene Bounds says, “At any one time in any organization there are lots of projects going on.

Personal Expense

Gene Bounds paints this picture:


As Gene Bounds says, “I was first reached by the then current executive sponsor of a project called “RightIT.

Stakeholder Liaison

Gene Bounds reminds us that part of a good sponsor’s job is...

Success Redefined

Gene Bounds has watched over a number of years a certain evolution in...

Think like Leaders

Gene Bounds suggests you empower your teams to think like leaders.


Gene Bounds suggests, “The problem is that project managers have their own view and language.

Unsatisfied Specification

Gene Bounds recommends that we get better at...

WW13-EditedOut #1: Attraction of Scrum

I saw that gap widening between the definitions of program and project management.

WW13-EditedOut #2: Traditional and Agile Methods

I'm still looking and seeking the opportunities to better integrate the two...

WW13-EditedOut #3: CHAOS Database

When I first learned of the Standish Group, I was at an organization called the Software Engineering Institute...

WW13-EditedOut #4: PMI Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)

The beauty of the PMI body of knowledge (PMBOK) was that it documented inputs, outputs, content, what a person...

WW13-EditedOut #5: Bottoms Up

There are some practitioners who are champions in the organization who are likely to influence the C-suite.