By DeAnna Burghart
DeAnna Burghart is Director of Corporate Services for ProjectConnections.com, where she coordinates the technical development, customer relationship management, and corporate product development efforts for their quarter-million members. She is a professional coach and trainer by training and a project manager by chance. DeAnna's introduction to formal project management came from materials planning in the aerospace industry and database administration within a major utility company. Since then she has acquired over a decade of experience as a web project manager—mostly as the projects fell into her unsuspecting lap—facilitating and overseeing design projects and marketing efforts for several start-ups and established small businesses before joining ProjectConnections. As a result, she has a deep sympathy for and understanding of the so-called accidental project manager—the hair-on-fire PM who got handed a flaming project and told, "Go build something. I'd like a progress report next Friday."
DeAnna has a B.S. in Organizational Communications and has significant experience in coaching and training, online focus groups, marketing analysis, and web-based seminar development. She has co-authored papers and delivered presentations on a variety of subjects from community theory to software training to management techniques, and edited Kimberly Wiefling's Scrappy Project Management, published in September 2007. Her particular project management interests involve communicating effectively in business settings; applying reasonable project management techniques to the myriad small and tiny projects that crop up in day-to-day work; balancing adequate documentation against the entirely sensible drive to avoid death by paper-pushing; and helping project managers find and recognize the tools that work best for their situation, so they can send their team (and themselves) home on time for a change.
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