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Project Management and Innovation: Are they Related?

Project management is often seen as a business practice that stifles creativity with its focus on scope/cost/schedule.  In fact, the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBoK) highlights that a good PM delivers exactly what is in the project's scope and no more, providing added value is not something project managers are encouraged to do.  While innovation is seen as almost the opposite of project management, it is creative, freewheeling and designed to provide far more than what could be put in a project's scope statement.  While project management and innovation appear to be near opposites, this presentation explores how they are related and should combined to produce business value.

US Air Force Col (retired) Eric Pierce is currently the Director, Service Delivery for Integrated Computer Solutions Inc. (ICS) leading a team of Project Manager and directing the execution of multiple Federal contracts. Prior to retirement from the US Air Force, Col Pierce served in multiple roles to include the Director of Communications and Chief Information Officer, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency in San Antonio TX; Combat Commander of the 380th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, at a combat location in Southwest Asia; and Director of Cyberspace Policy and Enterprise Services, Joint Staff Directorate of Communications and Information, in the Pentagon. His major military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara for outstanding service to the nation in US
Army/Marine Corps field artillery.

Col Pierce is both a PMP and a Certified Innovation Manager.

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