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Cinda Voegtli

Cinda Voegtli

Cinda Voegtli is Founder and CEO of the service providing practical online resources and support to over 250,000 project managers, functional managers, and team members around the world. She has over 20 years of experience in companies of different sizes and radically different project environments, with titles ranging from developer to vice president. She started her career as a hardware and firmware engineer, moved into technical group leader roles, and then became Director of Hardware Engineering at a start-up. Cinda found herself unwittingly falling into (untitled) project management as she managed large releases there, and after the company was acquired made the official leap and managed release programs in 3 different product divisions. Since then she has worn many hats - including contract project manager, interim department manager, project and development process consultant, functional executive, company founder, and executive project sponsor - experiencing the myriad light and dark corners of the business-driven project universe, and still relishing and enjoying all the rewards and challenges.

Over time Cinda has worked on different types of projects to develop products, services, and systems, for areas including communications, medical, IT, factory automation, computer games, construction, and biotech. From all these years of projects she has developed a big passion for making “management stuff” practical, effective, so that we can all enjoy our jobs day-to-day as we work hard to get it all done. Her particular areas of interest are helping get boring, static project methodologies into dynamic, situation-specific use; achieving business-savvy and amazingly synchronized cross-functional teams; and bringing together the critical skills, attitudes, and experience that result in truly great project managers.

What a culture of "pervasive thanks" looks like and why it matters
By Cinda Voegtli
I recently started doing some work with a new (to me) company. Very large and complex place, lots going on, lots to get up to speed on, to be set... Read More»

What Executive-Level Commitment to Program Management Looks Like
By Cinda Voegtli
When an organization wants to get better at executing the projects and programs required to meet critical business goals, what do they do? Get everyone some project management & team... Read More»

Sanity check! Strong goals alignment or lurking scope leap?
By Cinda Voegtli
The project manager's job is to ensure that each project has clearly defined goals, and that the team is always working towards those goals and ultimately attains them. The goals... Read More»

Great teams don't "hope"!
By Cinda Voegtli
A business article I read recently maintained that CEOs and sales leaders, if they were being honest with themselves, would admit that their sales plan and targets for the following... Read More»

Why "peeved" is a favorite stress-management word
By Cinda Voegtli
When I get upset about something that has happened, a personal life-saver is the word "peeved." Here's a quick story of "peeved" in action. One day I called the Careers... Read More»

Just-enough PM on a small background project may be more than you think
By Cinda Voegtli
Ah, those small, short, simple projects. (Aka in this blog, shorthanded as SSS for convenience.) Easy to manage! No paperwork! Just do it! Well, kind of. Certainly less paper (documentation)... Read More»

The best project manager I ever worked with was great because...
By Cinda Voegtli
I had a little fun last week, asking some friends to complete the following sentence: "The best project manager/project lead I ever worked with was great specifically because they.... [did?... Read More»

Being World Class, Part 3: PM Skills, Maturity, Judgment, and True Know-How
By Cinda Voegtli
This is my final installment of reviewing the book The World Class Project Manager - A Professional Development Guide. If you missed the first two installments, see #1 here and... Read More»

Being a world-class project manager - Part 2 - the hidden traits that matter
By Cinda Voegtli
In my previous post on this subject, I started by giving an overview of the book The World Class Project Manager - a Professional Development Guide. I believe this book... Read More»

How do you become a world-class manager of projects?
By Cinda Voegtli
In The World Class Project Manager – A Professional Development Guide, Robert Wysocki, James Lewis, and Doug DeCarlo provide a very useful background on the role and career of "project... Read More»

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