I’m Nick Wilkinson, a project manager based in Vancouver, Canada. Over the past 14 years I’ve been involved in projects with small businesses and universities, and clients like the Canadian Armed Forces, the UN, MoMA, the US Air National Guard, the World Bank, the Canadian space program, and NASA.
I’m not an expert in any particular field, and to be honest, I didn’t even set out to become a project manager – I was tricked into it. Some are born project managers, some have project management thrust upon them.
I learned about project management through experience rather than by formal education. I made mistakes along the way, but I worked hard to learn from where I fell short. Over time I found the lessons I was learning were relevant to pretty much any discipline, whether I was managing cargo deployments to the Arctic or code deployments to a remote server.
Over the last few years I’ve been wanting a place to think through and record my project management experiences. I’ve never had a blog, but I think the process of writing out my thoughts will help me improve in my day-to-day. In addition, I want this site to be a reference for my fourteen-year-ago self who didn’t know where to start. It’s for anyone who’s responsible for making something happen but might feel a little bit out of their depth. And it’s for the PM veterans, because hard-won lessons are sometimes too easily forgot.
Posts on this blog are intended to be useful and to the point. I’ll skip the buzzwords and hype because hands-on insight is better than theory. And I’ll never post photos of handshakes, pie charts, or people running marathons in power suits because I just respect you too damned much.
If you’d like to read more about how I got my start in project management and where I’d like to take this blog, check out my First Post.
I’d love to hear from you, so if you have any questions or thoughts about the blog, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m also on Twitter @reluctantpm.