The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management considers 40 brief lessons that these great men have bestowed upon us. It is the author’s opinion that the job of president of the United States requires a lot of the same strengths and characteristics needed by both project managers and executive sponsors. Most projects need both a strong, skilled executive sponsor and a project manager (or if an organization follows an agile methodology such as Scrum, then a Scrum master and product owner); and both positions can learn from our dead presidents.
Joseph Puthenpurackal (aka PC) has over 25 years of IT experience in the Banking and Financial Services domain across functions like Application Development, IT Infrastructure, Information Security, IT Services Management and Program / Project Management. He is currently based in Bangalore, India and leads the Technology Operations function at Wells Fargo EGS, where he is responsible for program governance and process excellence across all Technology verticals and helps Wells Fargo run IT as a business. Current real-life experiences in program delivery effectiveness, catalysed by insights from the Good Sponsor workshops form the genesis of these articles.