Improving Project Management and Increasing Its Perceived Value: Interview with Neil Love: Career Highlights and Favorite Techniques

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Abstract
Read about Neil's eclectic career path through project management, his opinions on dealing with the cross-functional challenges projects face, interesting executive coaching and PM improvement roles, and his opinions on why project management is not always valued at the top and what to do about it.


What this is

An interview with Neil Love, Executive Coach, Coaching For Success; Manager of Organizational Effectiveness, Adaptec, Inc. We met Neil when he emailed us to suggest new content for the site, starting a series of conversations about his PM work at the senior level.


Why it's useful

Neil has had a very eclectic career. We were intrigued by his career path through project management, his passion for dealing with the cross-functional challenges projects face, his success at getting himself into influential executive coaching and PM improvement roles, and his opinions on why project management is not always valued at the top!

Neil has an MBA and a B.S. Electrical Engineering, and over 20 years experience as an executive, program manager, department manager, consultant and design engineer at companies including General Electric, Hewlett Packard, and Texas Instruments. He has worked in marketing, engineering, human resources, operations, training, and consulting, on projects including strategy shifts, organization transformations, productivity improvements, cost reductions and operations improvements in product development, forecasting, inventory management, and project management.


How to use it

If you're a fast skimmer and prefer the soundbites, read the interview excerpts for quick highlights of opinions we found interesting, and links to more on those subjects.

If you're a browser/reader and prefer to take it all in, we've provided the full interview transcript for you to read and search at will.

Either way, have look at Neil's career path if nothing else -- yours probably isn't as crazy as you think! We also enjoyed his thoughts on why project management isn't valued at the top, and the most common mistakes he sees from new project managers.


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