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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.


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»

Road Trippin’ Organization Change: The Journey
By Alan Zucker
Organizational change and transformation efforts are often challenging. Most fail to meet their planned objectives with 30% failing outright. In last month’s article, ”Road Trippin’ Organizational Change: The Beginning”, I... Read More»

Road Trippin’ Organizational Change: The Beginning
By Alan Zucker
Most organizational change efforts do not succeed. They fail to achieve the desired results. They are disruptive and sometimes leave the company worse-off. An oft-cited statistic is that 70% of... Read More»

The Daily Stand-Up Meeting: Best Practices
By Alan Zucker
Lean and Agile organizations have harnessed the power of the stand-up meeting as a valuable process tool. The stand-up is an efficient and effective way to communicate. It promotes transparency... Read More»

What Are They Saying About You? “You are not in the room for the conversations that impact your career.” Farley Price I was having dinner with an old friend and colleague. We were talking about the arc of our careers and the events that brought us
By Alan Zucker
“You are not in the room for the conversations that impact your career.” Farley Price I was having dinner with an old friend and colleague. We were talking about the... Read More»




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