PM Point of View® Podcast Series

Advances in Project Management Part 3: The Organization Leans In

Projects exist within the context and value requirements of their organizations. This episode looks at three angles the organization can (should!) take to get the right projects designed for the strategy set by executives and the organization as a whole.

From design, to portfolio management, to identifying where the projects may fail the strategy as they generate and collide with organizational constraints, these guests Charles Black, Steve Butler and Dr. Alan Barnard speak to us from the international community of PMs.

What we learn? We need more than a focus on how to manage a project, we need to think how our organizations can lean in to get the right projects doing the right things.

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About the Speakers

Dr. Alan Barnard

Goldratt Research Labs

Dr. Alan Barnard is one of the leading experts in Theory of Constraints (TOC) in the World and worked directly with Dr. Eli Goldratt, creator of Theory of Constraints, for almost 20 years helping organizations from both the private and public sector implement Theory of Constraints to achieve more with less in less time.

Today, Alan is the CEO of Goldratt Research Labs (USA) whose primary focus is to develop and test new knowledge and new applications of Theory of Constraints. Alan also serves as the Chairman of African Phosphates (RSA) and the Odyssey Institute (USA). Alan is also the past-President of TOCICO (2003 to 2005) and serves on the judging panels of the Southern African Logistics Achiever Awards and Technology Top 100 Awards.

In 2009, Alan was awarded a PhD in 2009 in the field of Management of Technology & Innovation by the Da Vinci Institute with a thesis titled “How to identify and unlock inherent potential within organizations and individuals”. He is a frequent presenter on Theory of Constraints at international conferences, has published a number of articles on this topic and is also the author of 2 chapters in the 2010, McGraw Hill published, Theory of Constraints Handbook.

Alan is also the chief architect of HARMONY ( – a Desktop, Web and Mobile app used by hundreds of organizations around the world to design and validate their organizational strategy and tactics, to plan and monitor their implementations as well as to resolve strategic and tactical conflicts. In 2013, Harmony was nominated for the prestigious Silicon Valley Business App awards.

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Charlie Black

Xundis Global, LLC
Co-Founder and a Managing Partner

Charlie is the Co-Founder and a Managing Partner at Xundis Global, LLC, which specializes
in navigating complexity through creative & reflective application of design, strategy and
planning to realize favourable futures.

Charlie is retired Marine Corps Officer with over 26 years of diverse leadership, planning
and operational experiences on three continents with conventional, special operations and
coalition forces. His formative design experience emerged while leading a high priority
national security initiative within the Department of Defense from 2008-2011.

Charlie is currently focused on an initiative to inculcate design thinking across the Special
Operations Enterprise. He has collaborated on the development and teaching of novel
design thinking practices, as well as enabling practical design inquiries for several clients.

Additionally, he serves as Senior Advisor to Leadership Under Fire Inc. of Brooklyn, NY.
He also teaches as an Adjunct to both the National Intelligence University and the Joint
Special Operations University.

Steve Butler, MBA, PMP, PfMP

Avner International

Steve Butler, MBA, PMP, PfMP, is founder of Avner International, a portfolio management consulting firm based in Hampshire UK and has over 20 years of experience in portfolio, programme and project management.

He has most recently worked with companies such as HSBC, Holley Holland, Zurich Insurance and Vodafone, and is current working with Old Mutual Wealth in Southampton England.

He is the current Chair of the UK Portfolio Management Forum, is on the core committee responsible for writing the PMI Standard for Portfolio Management 4th Ed (due for release mid 2017), is one of the creators of the PMI Portfolio Management Professional qualification (and now sits on the panel of reviewers for applicants for the PfMP), and regularly addresses conferences on the subject of the Agile Portfolio.