E74 PMOs Project Management and Tennis with Bill Dow
What do Project Management, PMOs, and Tennis have in common? Take in this episode to hear from Bill Dow as he shares his journey to becoming one of the top PMO Leaders in the world and an avid tennis fan.
Bill chats with PMO Joe about starting his career as an Accidental Project Manager and then finding his passion in project management. Bill is now leading his 10th PMO and he shares many of his lessons learned along the way and how to avoid a failed PMO. We also learn about the books has written during his career including his most current, The PMO Lifecycle, Building, Running and Shutting Down.
Bill is also a trainer and has a long list of project management training courses for Project Managers and PMO Leaders. In addition to training PMs, Bill is also a certified tennis coach. His most current passion is training wheelchair tennis. We also learn he is a huge Roger Federer fan!
Listen to the full episode to hear more of our discussion about project management careers, PMOs and PMO Leadership, industry trends and the fun side of Bill and his love for tennis.
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Bill Dow, PMP is a recognized expert in Project Management by the Project Management Institute (PMI) for specifically developing and managing Project Management Offices (PMOs.) His extensive experience with Project Management and PMOs have enabled him to co-author several comprehensive books available through Amazon.com.
Bill has taught at the college level for more than 15 years in Washington State, British Columbia and Ontario, Canada, and has worked at Microsoft for more than 14 years. Bill is now the PMO Director at the University of Washington Medical. He has spoken at multiple Project Management Institute (PMI) conferences, breakfasts and events nationally. Projectmanagement.com and projecttimes.com host numerous articles by Bill.
As a PMP and subject matter expert, Bill is available to author white papers, articles and blog posts on specific topics relating to the trends within Project Management. He is also poised to deliver training, however basic or complex, that make practices immediately applicable to audiences that may be just beginning or those having lengthy experience in Project Management methods.
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