Project Practitioners > Alan Zucker

Alan Zucker

Alan Zucker

Alan Zucker has over 25 years of hands-on experience managing projects and programs and leading project organizations. Alan’s first major project was automating the United States Treasury security auctions in the wake of the Salomon Brothers scandal.

Alan then spent 14 years in the telecommunications industry during the exciting post-deregulation period. Alan worked his way up from being a project manager to leading a business application team of project managers, business analysts and acceptance testers. He also established the first PMO within the CFO organization, leading cross-organizational strategic initiatives.

For the past eight years, Alan has worked in the financial services industry. For the first five years he was part of the PMO within the CFO organization. In this role Alan managed and supported major strategic programs. Since 2011, Alan has led a project management services organization that employs nearly 100 project mangers and is responsible for managing over 250 projects a year.

Alan has decided that it is time to share his experiences with the greater project management community.

Feel free to connect with Alan on LinkedIn.


Making Sense of Agile
By Alan Zucker
There has been a tectonic shift in how software is developed. Terms like Agile, CI/CD, DevOps, BDD, and TDD are new additions to the IT vocabulary. These new practices and... Read More»

Controlling the Runaway Meeting
By Alan Zucker
It is a common phenomenon. Something happens, usually something bad. Daily meetings are organized. Anyone connected with the event is there—from senior executives to junior staff. There is incredible focus.... Read More»

The Project Manager and the Scrum Master Should be Friends
By Alan Zucker
There is a debate in the Agile community regarding the role of the project manager and the scrum master. These discussions remind me of a song from the musical, Oklahoma.... Read More»

Failing Fast for the Rest of Us
By Alan Zucker
Fail fast entered the business lexicon from the high-tech sector. It has become a powerful buzzword and has ignited a small movement. FailCon offers a series of global conferences for... Read More»

Successful Projects - What We Really Know
By Alan Zucker
The Standish Group has published its annual CHAOS Report on the state of software development since 1994. The Report is often cited as a key metric for the industry's performance... Read More»

Time: Conserving the Precious Resource
By Alan Zucker
Time is the dominant constraint on all projects. There is a constant race against the clock. Many projects have fixed completion dates determined by external forces. Projects that fall behind... Read More»

Rain, Flight Delays, and Risk Management
By Alan Zucker
It was almost midnight. Our 3-hour trip from Budapest through Frankfurt to Milan was now a 10-hour adventure. Our bags were coming off the luggage carousel completely soaked. My eyes... Read More»

Agile Transformation - It's About the People
By Alan Zucker
The Agile Manifesto declared independence from constraining, process-centric software development methodologies. The Manifesto advocated for a product-focused, team-centric approach. As Agile has moved mainstream, it has spawned its own industry... Read More»

Project Status is Subjective - Part 2: Status Metrics
By Alan Zucker
Project management relies on metrics to chart and manage performance. Good metrics are valuable. They measure the right things and provide the project manager, team, and stakeholders with actionable information.... Read More»

Planning is a Process, Not an Outcome
By Alan Zucker
The project schedule is the most recognized project management artifact. Stakeholders embrace the schedule as a sacred covenant with the team. In reality, project plans are just the best approximation... Read More»




©Copyright 2000-2017 Emprend, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
About us   Site Map   View current sponsorship opportunities (PDF)
Contact us for more information or e-mail info@projectconnections.com
Terms of Service and Privacy Policy



Stay Connected
Get our latest content delivered to your inbox, every other week. New case studies, articles, templates, online courses, and more. Check out our Newsletter Archive for past issues. Sign Up Now

Got a Question?
Drop us an email or call us toll free:
888-722-5235
7am-5pm Pacific
Monday - Friday
We'd love to talk to you.

Learn more about ProjectConnections and who writes our content. Want to learn more? Compare our membership levels.