Published On: Mon, Nov 27th, 2017

Who are the top thinkers in Project Management Domain?

You know what makes an outstanding Project Manager?

It is the guts to accept the faults and mistakes of their team and still get them to coordinate and work together.

The long run projects For e.g.- Digital India,  Smart Cities etc. attract investments in large scale in different domains especially in India, IT sector would require at least 7 million Project Managers in the upcoming 10 years.

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Isn’t that amazing as to how important the job of a project manager is?

A Project management(PM) report in India said that it is going to be a giant destination for project management employment from 2017 to 2027.

The Anderson Economic Group Report for Project Management Institute( Project Management Employment and Industry) in USA, Australia, Asia stated that by 2017, People’s Republic of China and India will be the top competitor job providers in Project-Management domain.

So what do you think such high-skilled Professionals will do?

Of course, they’re going to play a key role in projects belonging to Information Security, Telecommunication, Finance, Publishing, Marketing, Manufacturing, Construction etc.

So Who are the top thinkers in Project Management Domain?

Project management requires strong technical and people management skills to manage performance and timelines for projects in an organization. It is beyond maintaining Gantt charts or complex excel schedules to make sure things don’t fall through the cracks during implementation. The success of the project is based on attributes like the goal of the project, support from the top management, project plan, buy-in from the client’s, personnel, and communication. If the human side of management is aced in the field of project management, the other attributes tend to fall in place. In this article, we will review top project managers and their style of operation that has made them the most successful human and project managers in today’s time.

  1. Elon Musk – The founder and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, a visionary and an executionist who has a vision of colonizing Mars, launching self-driving cars, making the world a better place by revolutionizing the energy sector!! With such lofty goals to accomplish, his project management tricks are more driven towards challenging employees and inspiring them to take ownership of the projects. He drives by example and makes people believe in his vision. In one of his internal communications emails, Musk wrote: “Anyone at Tesla can and should email/talk to anyone else according to what they think is the fastest way to solve a problem for the benefit of the whole company.”
  2. Jeff Weiner – The CEO of Linkedin, under whose leadership Linkedin’s revenue increased from $78 million to over $3 billion is inspired by Dalai Lama. His management mantra is “Managing Compassionately” which he defines as “putting yourself in another person’s shoes and seeing the world through their lens or perspective.” His project and employee management style focuses on the company’s values and by giving his employees the freedom to explore their values and align them with the corporations thus bringing the best out of them.
  3. Sundar Pichai – The CEO of Google started as a project manager for the internet products. He has many successful projects under his hat including Youtube, Chrome, Gmail. Along with strong technical skills, he has a strong empathetic demeanor and thoughtfulness which are the strong pillars for his success. He is a great listener and focuses on others success more than his own.
  4. Johanna Rothman – Founder of Rothman Consulting Group and the author of both the Managing Product Development and the Hiring Technical People blogs. As a consultant, Johanna has great expertise with implementing Agile methodologies as a consultant and holds a various workshops for helping different teams with their agile goals.
  5. Scott Berkun – He has spent 9 yrs as a Program Manager at Microsoft and is the author of Making Things Happen and many more. You should definitely take out time to see him talk. You can have a look at his lecture on “The Myths of Innovation delivered at Carnegie Mellon”.


The above visionaries with their strong skillsets and exceptional leadership skills have redefined the way project management is often thought. They have successfully aced the art of human side of project management which is the most critical skill set required for the success of any project and hence are the top thinkers in project management today.

Author: Maria Thomas

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