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May 2008

Free breakfast seminar in Doha to explore balancing the different skills needed in keeping multi-billion dollar projects on track

Balancing the role of leader and manager in keeping the multi-billion dollar projects taking place in Qatar on track is to be examined next month at a free breakfast seminar.

With rising costs, squeezed budgets and tight deadlines, project managers are tasked with cutting down on unexpected surprises which could put projects at risk. But is a good manager also a good leader? ESI International, a market leader in the provision of project management and business analysis training, will be addressing the question at a thought-provoking free breakfast seminar on 3 June 2008 at the Diplomatic Club, Doha, examining the different roles of managers and leaders.

The presentation on "Project Management and Project Leadership – Getting the Balance Right" also aims to demystify some of the terminology used in project management.

Leading the seminar will be Mike Lavery, a senior instructor with ESI International who has long Middle East experience. "A good manager is not necessarily a good leader, and a good leader is not necessarily a good manager," he said. "There is a difference. This seminar will examine the roles of both managers and leaders and the importance of getting the balance right."

He added: "The triple constraints of a project - cost, time and scope - must be managed and the people involved must be led. Change management and risk management are two highly sophisticated skills and are well defined but what about the human factors involved?"

"Strategic principles of using particular technologies, methodologies and processes are skills common to both line and project management. Project management has become a science unto itself and has achieved a reputation of being a discipline shrouded in mysterious terminology known only to project management professionals.

"Project management is different from line management. Both are equally important and the project manager is by no means an exotic creature. The project manager, however, does need additional skills to strategically lead and inspire team members through each phase of a project."

"We will look at the attributes of managers and leaders from all walks of life and see if we can learn something from their very different styles."

For more information, please visit www.esi-intl.ae.

Notes to editors

Breakfast seminars are part of a series of educational courses run by ESI International that have been created for project managers and people involved in project work who seek a foundation in project management methodology and best practices. ESI covers a whole range of project management issues, such as planning and scope, risk management, scheduling, leadership and more.

Mike Lavery, a senior instructor with ESI International, has been a manager and leader in a variety of roles: as an engineer, a merchant marine officer, a college lecturer, a business development manager and training and development manager for project teams in emerging and mature economies. He has a long association with the Middle East.

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