Here’s a list of the brightest minds and influential thinkers who are shaping the project management industry today.
If you want to stay top of the latest in project management and related topics like change management, business strategy, and leadership, make sure you’re following these movers and shakers: the top project management influencers of 2019.
130 Top Project Management Influencers Of 2019
1. Bob Sutton
Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford, where he co-founded the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the Institute of Design. He has published over 200 articles in academic and popular outlets, along with seven books. He won the Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching, and awards for the best paper of the year in the Academy of Management Journal and in the Academy of Management Review. He is regarded as one of the top influencers in business.
Susanne Madsen has been building a successful career for the past 17 years leading large change programmes of up to $30 million for organisations such as Standard Bank, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase. She is a fully qualified Corporate and Executive coach, an NLP Practitioner and a regular contributor to the Association for Project Management (APM). Susanne is the author of two books, “The Project Management Coaching Workbook” and “The Power of Project Leadership”. In addition to coaching and training, Susanne regularly speaks on the topic of project leadership and stress in project management for organisations and at conferences.
Michael Kaplan is a Program/Project/PMO Technology Leader who engages and influences, employees, stakeholders, and vendors to deliver large-scale programs and projects. He delivered 27 projects over ten months, generating $2.8 million in revenue, and $980,000 in profit while maintaining chargeable utilization of 85%. He also authored SoftPMO PMBOK® Guide-aligned methodology and evolved it into a collaborative solution for delivering projects using SharePoint and Project Server.
Lindsay Scott is the Director of PMO Learning, a training organization within the PMO field. She is also a PMO Mob Collector for PMO Flashmob which is a learning and social meetup group for PMO professionals. As well as this, she is a Conference Organizer for The PMO Conference (UK’s largest conference for PMO’s). On top of this, Lindsay is the project management careers columnist for PMI’s Network magazine and co-editor of the Gower Handbook of People in Project Management.
5. Hala Saleh
Hala Saleh is the Director of Strategy and Business Development at Expedia. With over 15 years in the technology industry, she is a successful Project Manager and Business Strategist. Using her past experiences and love for delivering value and people-driven products, she has the ability to solve challenging problems. She combines her love for technology and start-ups through her coaching, training and workshops; 27 Sprints.
Carlos J. Pampliega is the founder of Castilla Leon Leadership and Salinero Pampliega. He has combined his love for project management and architecture to enhance his communication skills, leadership and team development. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Project Management Institute of Spain.
7. Falk Schmidt
Falk Schmidt is the CEO of FS/CS GmbH, an organization which guides businesses through the strategic and organizational change process in digitization. He is also a lecturer in data protection in Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen. With more than 20 years of experiences in strategic innovation consulting and operational project management, he is an expert in business process optimization and user-centric systems.
Since starting his career in 1990, Cornelius Fichtner has worked as a Project Manager in Switzerland, Germany and the USA. He is the President of OSP International LLC, a PMI Registered Education Provider and the host of PM Podcasts. He also works with project managers who need to maintain their PMI credentials by providing webinars and online learning tools that allow them to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for their recertification.
9. Brad Egeland
Brad Egeland is a Business Solution Designer & IT/PM consultant & author working with development, management, & project management experience leading initiatives in a variety of industries such as Healthcare, Higher Education and Gaming and Hospitality. With over 25 years of experience in the field, he has published over 6,000 project management articles, eBook and white papers. He was also named “#1 Provider of Project Management Content in the World”.
10. Bill Dow
Bill Dow has been working in IT for the past 26 years with 23 years focusing on Project Management. He has built 6 Project Management Offices from the ground up using the best practices and core principals of PMI. He is the co-author of the Project Management Communication Bible. He also wrote another two books called “The Tactical Guide for Building a PMO” and “Project Management Communication Tools.” He is also a part-time Adjunct Professor at Bellevue College where he teaches several project management classes.
11. Kiron Bondale
Kiron Bondale has over 20 years of experience helping more than 150 companies spanning multiple industries to achieve their strategic goals. He has done this as a trainer, a coach, a trusted advisor and a speaker. As a specialist in portfolio management, training, risk management and agile, he is an active coach and project management coach executing the right projects in the right way.
12. Jennifer Bridges
Jennifer Bridges is the director of ProjectManager.com, the Founder of PDUs2Go.com, and CEO of Optimo Inc, an Atlanta-based Project Management consulting and training firm. She is an active member of professional organizations such as the Project Management Institute (PMI), Women In Technology (WIT), and the National Alliance for Autism Research. She authored the book “Optimize Your Thinking” and featured in a variety of publications including PMNetwork and Project Management Leadership Magazines.
13. Suze Haworth
Suze Haworth is a Freelance Senior Digital Project Manager in London. She has over 10 years’ experience working in agencies, moving through the ranks from her early days in account management before seeing the light, and realising her true calling for project management. She now leads teams on all sorts of digital and web builds, ranging from social campaigns and digital media to large and complex websites.
14. Maik Stettner
Maik Stetter has over 10 years of experience managing cross-functional teams as a Project Manager. His diverse background in project management has allowed him to gain valuable insights, delivering projects across a variety of digital platforms including websites, mobile apps, healthcare, video game platforms, and software solutions. With international experience, Maik previously led the full project lifecycle for major global clients such as Volkswagen, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.
15. Robyn Reynolds
16. Patrice Embry
Patrice Embry is a freelance digital project manager and Certified Scrum Master. With 17 years in the field, she has worked for agencies, corporations and everything in between. Her client roster includes Exxon Mobile, Merck, Granite Construction, Edwards Lifesciences, GS1 Global and many more. She has worked on large scale websites, mobile apps, CRM and CMS systems, and event print. As well as this, Patrice is passionate about project management philosophy and is a member of the DPM Expert Team at TheDigitalProjectManager.com.
17. Ben Aston
18. Samad Aidane
Samad Aidane is the Director of Research and Development at NeuroFrontier, a boutique leadership development consultancy bringing together the latest neuroscience research to help organizations build inclusive leadership cultures that fully engage an increasingly diverse array of stakeholders. He is also a University Instructor at Oregon State University College of Business where he developed 2 courses in “Communication and Emotional Intelligence” and “Leading with Cultural Intelligence”.
20. Bruce McGraw
21. Margaret Meloni
Margaret Meloni has more than 18 years’ experience in Corporate America which included roles in Fortune 500 management. She is the President of Meloni Coaching Solutions Inc and an Instructor in Project Management Certificate Program in UCLA Extension and UC Irvine Extension. Margaret’s students and clients often find that what she really brings them is freedom -Freedom to bring their authentic selves to the workplace.
22. Mike Griffiths
Mike Griffiths is an agile consultant, author and trainer in Alberta. He helped create DSDM in 1994 and since then, he adapted agile approaches. He helped design the PMI-ACP credential and authored two best-selling books on how to study and pass the exam. He teaches courses in agile leadership, agile for executives and preparing for the PMI-ACP. He is also the founder of LeadingAnswers.com.
23. Ron Rosenhead
24. Jurgen Appelo
Jurgen Appelo is the Founder/CEO of Agility Scales. He is a serial founder, successful entrepreneur, author, speaker and pioneering management to help creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century. INC.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert and a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker. He is the Founder of a popular blog at NOOP.NL where he offers ideas on the creative economy, agile management, organizational change and personal development. He is the author of the book “Management 3.0”, “How to Change the World” and “Managing Happiness”.
25. Mike Clayton
Mike Clayton is an author, speaker, a facilitator, a trusted advisor with a background of integrating complex change in major national and multi-national organizations. He authored 13 Project Management books and offers keynotes and seminars for conferences, events and in-house workshops. He is the founder of OnlinePMCOurses which offer high-quality video-based Project Management training.
26. Bart Vermijlen
Bart Vermijlen is one of the Co-Founders of Box of Birds, an Antwerp based strategic digital design studio. He authored “The Agile Agency” where he shares his insight into project management in creative agencies. He is an agile coach and is passionate about lean, design thinking and innovation games.
Daniel Echeverria is a Partner-Director of CDPSchool that markets a PMP Project Management course and a PSM-Scrum course. He also manages and teaches in the Specialized Course in Project Management of ESIC Business and Marketing School and in several professional associations of engineers and companies. Through his websites danielecheverria.com and preparadoragile.com, he helps other professionals obtain the PMP (R), CAPM (R) and ACP-PMI certifications.
28. Steve McConnell
29. Johanna Rothman
With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Johanna Rothman is an expert in managing high technology product development. In 1994, she founded the Rothman Consulting Group, a consultancy that helps people manage projects and project development. She is the author of 14 project management related books. She also offers project management workshops for agile approaches, pragmatic project management and geographically distributed agile projects.
30. Bill Mabry
Billy Mabry is an industry-recognized PMO leader and Program Manager. He leads the CSG Digital Transformation PMO at Salesforce where he drives complex innovation and transformation programs across the CSG business. He specializes in areas such as transformation strategy, change management and efficient program execution through business benefits driven program management leadership.
31. Laura Fraser
With over 14 years’ experience in project management, strategic initiatives, operations and business management, Laura Fraser is an authentic business leader. She is focused on providing the knowledge and expertise to effectively facilitate innovation, change management and business transformation. She currently works as a business initiatives consultant managing Canada and Latin America risk initiatives and project portfolio.
32. Jim Highsmith
James Highsmith has more than 25 years’ experience in the IT industry and currently works as an Executive Consultant at ThoughtWorks. As an agile expert, he authored various books in the field of software development methodology. He was one of the 17 original signatories of the Agile Manifesto, the founding document for agile software development.
Anne Gabrillagues is an Agile coach at Ippon Technologies. She supports teams in sustainable adoption of Agile practices and the improvement of their work processes. She is also a tech activist for Code4Change and a member of the FlowCon France.
34. Jon Terry
Jon Terry is an IT Executive with success in conceptualizing, developing and implementing information technology solutions through traditional and Lean/Agile project management. Jon gained through education in international business and project management and has wide experience at executive positions in various companies.
35. Bert Heymans
Bert Heymans is as much as a project manager as he is a digital architect. He is a project manager and a business analyst with a strong background in software development. He is a PRINCE2 certified Project Manager and a certified Scrum Product Owner with 2 Lean Kanban University certifications. He has led a variety of projects such as web production projects, digital marketing and social media projects.
36. Donnie MacNicol
37. Deanne Earle
Deanne Earle is a senior consultant and seasoned practitioner with extensive practical global experience in project, program, and portfolio management. She has worked with and for major software and professional service providers around the globe structuring, planning and delivery, among others.
38. Mario H. Trentim
Helen Rittersporn is a Project Manager who blogs daily for the past 3 at AnchoredScraps.com. She is a certified Project Management Professional and has technical experience with systems analysis and data analysis/mapping. She was involved in the WordCamp Wilmington 2018, 2017, 2016 as a presenter and organizer.
40. Lew Sauder
Lew Sauder is a Senior Leader with experience in IT Software implementations, business-process design and the alignment of IT with corporate strategy. He has diverse consulting experience across major technologies in a wide range of industries such as retail, publishing and manufacturing. He is the author of 3 books; Consulting 101: 101 Tips For Success in Consulting, Project Management 101: 101 Tips for Success in Project Management, and The Reluctant Mentor.
41. Dawn Reid
Dawn Reid is a PMP certified Project Manager with experience in applying project management theories and principles across functional and technical domains to deliver results. She is a servant-leader and student of Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). She’s proven successful in coaching geographically disbursed teams and motivating them to fulfil their highest potential.
Oliver F. Lehmann is a project management professional and certified scrum master. With his extensive experience as a project management practitioner, he is now a project management trainer at OliverLehmann.com. He is also a speaker, writer and reviewer for PMBOK Guide (4th to 6th Edition).
43. Glen Alleman
Glen B. Alleman is the VP of Program Planning and Controls at Niwot Ridge LLC. He has over 30 years of experience as a program manager and performance management consultant in the aerospace, defence, and enterprise information technology fields. He is the author of the project management blog, Herding Cats and the book “Performance-Based Project Management: Increasing the Probability of Project Success”.
Gerald J. Leonard is a Washington D.C.-based consultant on corporate culture. He is the CEO of Principles of Execution, a consulting practice with more than 20 years of experience working with federal and state governments and multi-national corporations. He is also the author of “Culture is the Bass: 7 Principles for Developing a Culture that Works”.
45. Tania Melnyczuk
Tania Melnyczuk is experienced in guiding organisational leaders, entrepreneurs and career-minded individuals towards the initial fundamental changes required for effective Project Management. She is a Director at ProjectManagement.co.za, a company that provides training, mentoring and coaching in project management. She has led training in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, working with one-man businesses, small charities, medium-sized companies as well as governments and multi-national organisations.
46. Dan Chuparkoff
47. Drew Davison
48. Bob Galen
49. Rich Larson
Since 1992, Richard Larson has been co-leading Watermark Learning which offers business analysis and project management training and certification preparation that turns the complexity of industry standards into practical application. Richard has worked in the industry for 30+ years as an operational systems analyst, programmer/analyst, business analyst, and project manager. He has co-written 3 books “The Influencing Formula, CBAP Certification Study Guide, and Practitioners’ Guide to Requirements Management.”
50. Elizabeth Larson
Alfonso Enrique Nunez Nieto is a project director with PMP certification, PRINCE2, green project management GPM-b and lean project management. He is a mechanical engineer who specializes in production and quality management. He’s worked in project management across different sectors and has gained knowledge that he’s now sharing with students as a university instructor.
53. Michael Wood
Michael Wood has made his career in the Business and Technology Consulting (Systems Integration) field, primarily delivering SAP solutions in New Zealand, Australia, USA and Canada. He has done everything from coding, designing and configuring SAP solutions over my [20-year+] career, these days he is a successful Program and Project Manager. He has owned and operated two small businesses: Simply Merino Clothing Co. and the Vancouver franchise, “Velofix”.
54. Jesse Fewell
Jesse Fewell is a writer, coach, and trainer in innovation and agile methods. In addition to speaking for Agile, Scrum, and PMI conferences, he has helped teams across the world deliver products faster with higher quality. A leader in the advancement of management practices, he founded the PMI Agile Community of Practice, co-created the PMI-ACP® agile certification, and co-authored the Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide®. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he is the world’s only certified Project Management Professional® (PMP) to also hold the expert-level agile designations of Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST), and Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor (IGQI).
55. Eileen Roden
56. Jeff Sutherland
Jeff Sutherland is the investor and co-creator is Scrum. He has been VP of Engineering and CTO or CEO of eleven software companies. In the first four companies, he prototyped Scrum and in the fifth company created Scrum as we now see it used in 74% of Agile software companies in over 100 countries. In 2006, Sutherland established his own company, Scrum, Inc. now recognized as the premier source of Scrum Training in the world.
57. Ken Schwaber
Ken Schwaber co-developed the Scrum framework with Jeff Sutherland in the early 1990s to help organizations struggling with complex development projects. One of the signatories to the Agile Manifesto in 2001, he subsequently founded the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. He founded Scrum.org in 2009 in order to execute on his mission of improving the profession of software development. A 30-year veteran of the software development industry (from bottle washer to boss), he has written four books about Scrum: Agile Software Development with Scrum, Agile Project Management with Scrum, The Enterprise and Scrum, and Software in 30 Days. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
58. Dux Raymond Sy
59. Gayle McDowell
61. Kurt Schmidt
62. Cliff Gilley
For over 10 years, Cliff Gulley has spent the vast majority of my career working with companies who were focused on solving complex problems through the application of technology to traditionally human-based objectives. Cliff now shares his knowledge and experience on his blog “The Clever PM” to help others become better and more clever product managers.
63. Julia Wester
Julia Wester is the Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at Lagom Solution and also Co-Founder of 5 Monkeys LLC. She is a certified Kanban Coaching Professional and writes a blog about Kanban, Lean, Agile and Management called Everyday Kanban.
64. Harry Hall
65. Adrian Turner
Adrian Turner has over 15 years’ experience as a Project Manager with many years of experience in manufacturing businesses, currently managing several projects through the product lifecycle. He is a PRINCE 2 Practitioner and holds the APMP qualification – now PMQ. He has been involved in 3 ERP system implementations of SAP R/3, Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) and EFACS E/8, all in manufacturing environments.
66. Nicole Reilly
Mustafa Aziz Khalifa is an experienced project manager holding an MBA in project management. He’s responsible for using best practice PMO methodology to create project plans that are suitable for clients and deliver desired outcomes. He’s an expert in strategic planning and project management, a successful leader and team builder.
68. Bernardo Tirado
With over 20 years’ experience as a project manager, Luis Seabra Coelho has been responsible for projects across industries with a particular focus on the business benefits provided by the projects’ outputs. He is a certified project management professional, scrum master and a trainer and a worldwide speaker.
72. Neil Walker
With over 20 years’ experience, Neil Walker has led, troubleshooted and delivered business change, technology-enabled and Agile transformation initiatives. He is now a senior project manager and Agile coach at Royal Mail where he developed new ways of working across functional business areas, successfully introducing Agile adoption. He is also a coach, trainer and a passionate leader and mentor.
73. Michael B. Flint
74. Jason Fried
75. Sam Silverstein
76. Steve Gutzler
77. Thomas Kennedy
Thomas Kennedy is a PMP certified project manager who has worked in several senior management roles. He is the founder of the blog PMcoach.com where posts project management articles, tips and tricks to help others learn, grow and improve as project managers.
78. Barry Moltz
For over 20 years, Barry Moltz has founded and ran small businesses with both success and failure. As a result, Barry is now a small business expert who has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners unstuck and marching forward. He has published 6 books with “Small Business Hacks: 100 Shortcuts to Your Success” being his latest release. Barry is also a recognized speaker, a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and a radio host.
79. Peter B. Taylor
Peter Taylor is a PMO expert who has built and led five global PMOs across several industries, and he is also the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’. In the last 5 years, he has delivered over 330 lectures around the world in over 25 countries and has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’.
80. Pawel Brodzinski
Pawel Brodzinski is the CEO of Lunar Logic, a web development company. He is also a speaker, trainer and coach where he covers building teams, change leadership, Kanban and portfolio management. He is a co-organizer of TEDx in Poland and runs a blog called Brodzinki.com where he blogs about Lean, Kanban, Agile and understanding and organizing work on different levels.
81. Kevin Ciccotti
Kevin Ciccotti is a certified professional coach, keynote speaker and trainer as well as a design and business management expert. Kevin is the president of Human Factor Formula where he delivers targeted, engaging and inspiring programs. He has spoken at PMI conferences around the world including two PMO Global Congresses. Kevin also shares real, raw content on his blog about leadership, success and productivity.
82. Andy Jordan
Andy Jordan PMP is the founder and president of Roffensian Consulting where he is focused on strategic and business transformation initiatives, PMOs, portfolio selection and management. Andy is a seasoned business professional with experience in many industries on two continents. Andy runs a Portfolio Management Foundations course on Lynda.com and is the author of “Risk Management for Project-Driven Organizations”.
83. Luis Alberto Caceres Villota
84. Mark Price Perry
Mark Price Perry is a pioneer for the concept of the Business Driven PMP and is now recognized as a thought leader in the project management industry. Mark is the author of the Business Driven PMO book series and the creator and host of the PMO Podcast. He is also a sought after public speaker known as a “boat-rocker” for his alternative approach to PMO setup and management.
85. Jason Westland
With over 20 years’ experience managing large projects including a $1b project for British Rail, Jason Westland is a successful entrepreneur and subject matter expert in project management. He is the founder and CEO of ProjectManager.com as well as the founder of Method123 and MPMM.com. Jason is also the author of the best-selling book “The Project Management Lifecycle” and other publications such as “Building High-Performance Teams” and “Step-by-Step Project Planning”.
86. Robin Kwong
87. Mike Cohn
88. Steve Denning
89. Esther Derby
90. Adriana Girdler
Adriana Girdler is the president and chief efficiency officer at Cornerstone Dynamics, a business productivity consulting firm. She is a productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard and author. She is the author of several publications such as, “The Visual Vision Statement Workbook – personal edition” and “Efficiency Matters”. She is a TedX speaker and contributor to Huff Post and Thrive Global. She also writes for the CornerStone Dynamics blog which is ranked as one of the top 200 blogs online.
91. John Goodpasture
92. Moira Alexander
93. Ken Norton
Ken is a senior operating partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures) where he provides product and engineering support to more than 300 portfolio companies including Uber, Nest, Slack, Foundation Medicine, and Flatiron Health. Prior to joining GV, Ken was a group product manager at Google. In his years as a PM at Google, Ken led product initiatives for Docs, Calendar, and Google Mobile Maps. He also runs his own blog at kennorton.com.
94. Scott Sehlhorst
95. Stever Robbins
96. Roman Pichler
Roman Pichler is a product management expert who specialises in lean and agile practices. He has more than 15 years’ experience training product managers and product owners. Roman is the author of “Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age” and “Agile Product Management with Scrum”. He writes a popular blog at romanpichler.com/blog for product people.
97. Luis Goncalves
Jonathan Rasmusson is an experienced programmer who is fascinated with software and the human side of its delivery. He is the author of two books, “The Agile Samurai” and “The Way of the Web Tester”. When not cycling to work in the throes of winter you can find him developing software and coaching teams at Spotify. He also runs his own blog agilewarrior.wordpress.com.
99. Jeff Patton
100. John Hunter
101. Dick Billows
102. Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy
103. Marcus Hammarberg
104. James Shore
105. Gina Abudi
106. Gojko Adzic
Gojko Adzic is a partner at Neuri Consulting LLP, author of Humans vs Computers, Impact Mapping, and Specification by Example. He is also one of the authors of MindMup and Claudia.js. Gojko won the 2016 European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2011 Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Award. Gojko’s book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best online publication in 2010.
107. Michael Bolton
Michael Bolton is a consultant and trainer in testing and quality for companies, teams and individuals. He specializes in Rapid Software Testing, a skill-set and mindset focused on high-value testing that is fast, inexpensive, credible and accountable. He writes extensively on this topic on his blog developsense.com.
108. Ben Linders
109. Gunther Verheyen
110. Kane Mar
111. Leigh Espy
Leigh Espy is a Project Advisor at FedEx Services where she is responsible for delivering global, large scale solutions. She is the author of “Bad Meetings Happen to Good People: How to Run Meetings that are Effective, Focused and Produce Results”. She is a Project Management Professional, Certified Scrum Master and a SAFe Program Consultant. She runs her own blog at Projectbliss.net.
120. Jeremy Jarrell
121. Lisa Crispin
122. Zuzi Sochova
123. Jeff Lash
Jeff Lash is the VP and Group Director for the Go-to-Market Group and Service Director at SiriusDecisions. He previously ran the blog “Ask a Good Product Manager which offered real answers to your real product management questions. He now runs the“How to Be a Good Product Manager” blog provides resources and tips on good product management practices.
124. Corinna Baldauf
125. Henny Portman
126. Barry Hodge
127. Steve Tendon
128. James Grenning
129. Elizabeth Harrin
130. Alexa Huston
Alexa Huston is a project manager at Crema, working with funded startup and enterprise clients to prototype, test, and build their web and mobile applications. When she’s not at their KC office, she can be found at the gym working on getting stronger, in the kitchen dreaming up something delicious, or drumming up plans for upcoming travel.
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