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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.


Leadership in the Time of Coronavirus
By Alan Zucker
The coronavirus pandemic is the most frightening, disruptive, and widespread crisis of our lifetime. As managers and leaders, none of us have faced challenges of such a magnitude or scale.... Read More»

Agile Project Governance: It Should be Easy
By Alan Zucker
Many organizations struggle with project governance, oversight, and control. The truth is that most projects are not successful. Over the past 25-years, only 30% of all projects are delivered on-time,... Read More»

Disciplined Agile: To Agility and Beyond
By Alan Zucker
Disciplined Agile (DA) has the potential to become a leading agile framework because it creates harmony in this congested thought-space. DA recognizes practices from across the spectrum and offers a... Read More»

Failed Agile Sprints
By Alan Zucker
Agile teams using the Scrum framework commit to delivering value in each development sprint. Sprints are generally 2-weeks long, and the goal is to create working software that can be... Read More»

Engage Your Stakeholders
By Alan Zucker
Managers and project managers are often told that "engaging stakeholders" is critical to success. However, they rarely receive guidance on what it means or how to “engage stakeholders.” It is... Read More»

Know Your Stakeholders
By Alan Zucker
Stakeholder management is one of the most critical project management functions. Stakeholders are our customers, organizational leaders, members of our project teams, and people we may not even know. The... Read More»

Going Agile
By Alan Zucker
Many organizations try to catapult into agility. Striving to instantaneously transform their traditional practices and culture. Unfortunately, this strategy is usually painful and often fails. The Scrum Guide states, “Scrum... Read More»

PMI Goes Agile
By Alan Zucker
The Project Management Institute (PMI) is making a bold pivot toward agile. As a project manager and an agilist, I am excited by these moves. At the same time, it... Read More»

Is Your Agile Project Healthy?
By Alan Zucker
Experienced agile coaches and practitioners develop a sixth-sense. They can quickly assess the health of an agile project or team just as doctors do with their patients. In 2013, Mike... Read More»

Knowledge Management: Share the Wisdom
By Alan Zucker
Knowledge Management (KM) is broadly defined as the process of creating and sharing information across the organization. Its goal is to enable learning. KM became a formal business disciple in... Read More»




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