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GTIS Branch - Things You Were Never Taught About Being an IT Project Manager!

Strategic Business Management skills


As Program/Project Managers, formal training in schools, training institutions and bootcamps is geared towards obtaining your industry certification or in methodologies.

Then you go into the real world of working as an IT PM …

This virtual presentation will reflect on 10 hard lessons learned on the job as an IT PM (different sized organizations in different countries and cultures):

1. Begin with the End in Mind

2. Your Attitude will determine your Altitude

3. If you fail to Prepare, then prepare to Fail

4. Battles are won before the fighting begins

5. Stay calm and carry on, but do escalate to your BFF (sponsor)

6. David vs. Goliath? Remember who won

7. Ordinary people who do extraordinary things do it with other people

8. Try not to bite off more than you can chew … but you will

9. Pressure is a privilege

10. Stories connect people and will captivate your Stakeholder audience

Learning Objectives:

These are real world lessons learned and will help Program/Project managers be successful in their roles in business or IT projects as we are all smart when we learn from our own mistakes, but we’re wise when we learn from other people’s mistakes.

Sharing of war stories associated with each lesson will draw comparisons and connections to audience’s own experiences.

A collaborative sharing session can ensue to ensure the virtual meeting will be collaborative.


6:00 PM - 6:10 PM | Welcome and Introductions

6:10 PM - 6:40 PM | Presentation by George Kiang

6:40 PM - 6:50 PM | Moderated Session - Audience Q&A

6:50 PM - 7:00 PM | Closing Remarks


(Subject to HST)

PMI Toronto Members (login prior to registering) - $5.00

Non-Members and Guests - $20.00


1.0 (0.5 Technical, 0.5 Strategic & Business Management)


George Kiang


George Kiang is a professional business and program manager with a 30+ years track record of managing organizations and delivering strategic initiatives with integrity and accountability.

George has also served on the Sr. Management Teams of 4 successful Start Up's in 3 different countries and managed global integration teams for 5 Financial Institutions.

Industry credentials include: Being a PMP since 2007 and CISSP since 2008. Was a Master Certified Novell Instructor (MCNI) who taught certification courses to over 2,000 CNE candidates (1989 – 1994).




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Type of category: PMI Toronto GTIS Branch

Type of activity: Strategic Business Management skills

Date: December 9th, 2021

Hour: 6:00PM to 7:00PM

# of PDUs: 1


Members: $5.00

Non members and Guests: $20.00