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Michel Dion

Michel Dion is a CPA and PMP, living in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and 2 kids. He also has a certification in Internal Audit (CIA), Risk Management (CRMA) and Fraud (CFE). Michel has managed in his career many projects, including special initiatives and emergency projects. He is developing a website called Project-Aria, and is very active in the project management community on the web. The key areas of focus of Project-Aria are project management, leadership, productivity, mind and health, and career and training. He has loved technology since the moment he played on the TRS80 a while ago. Despite that, his two sons insist that they know more about technology than him.

Sometimes, he will comment on other subjects, as he likes fitness, travel, chess, photography, and music. He also has a goal of mastering four languages: English, French, Spanish and Swedish. Pay Michel a visit at Project-Aria by clicking the button below.

October, 2017

  • 23 October

    Our Favorite Method to Watch Our Projects Fail

    All want to succeed The reality of projects is that some projects do fail. That is unfortunate. Of course, projects can fail for multiple reasons. Each project is unique and has its own context. Whole books can be written on the topic. It is an interesting topic. Failures can be the best mentor in life. Organizations do sincerely want to complete their projects successfully. After all, they are the one approving these projects. They invest …

June, 2017

  • 19 June

    The (Double) Objective of Your Meeting

    Today, I would like to talk about a basic topic: knowing the objective of a meeting. Meetings remain an essential part of projects. Whether they are traditional meetings, teleconferences, or virtual meetings, you will need to talk to various persons. Yet meetings can have a bad reputation. They can be viewed as a big waste of time. And indeed, some of them are. I am sure we all can share bad experiences of useless meetings. …

May, 2017

  • 15 May

    The Project Closure Report: Writing a Happy Ending for Your Project

    The Project Is Done! Finally, the project is completed. For large projects, it can feel like the end of an infinitely long journey. So many tasks done, so many challenges and issues resolved! As a project manager, you are no longer talking in the future tense about the next tasks or milestones to reach. It is now time to celebrate. And after that, you quickly move to your next project, which you hope will be …

January, 2017

  • 23 January

    So They Called It a ‘Project’… but Is It?

    Many large organizations have projects. The level of attention provided to these corporate projects can vary a lot, along with the rate of success. In organizations with significant operations, it is very easy to minimize the importance of proper management and leadership on projects. Projects are notably different from regular operations of the organization. They are not secondary activities that are managed on the side of the desk, whenever someone has time for it. It …

November, 2016

  • 4 November

    Two Rights Make a Wrong in Project Management

    Beyond all the tools and techniques of project management, there is an essential requirement that must be present throughout the life of the project: a common understanding. Leadership skills are essential to keep the focus on this key element. It is easy for one person to think that they understand, but this is only one view of a situation. A common understanding is obtained when both parties have the same understanding of the project. Different …

August, 2016

  • 12 August

    Shallow Leadership: When Projects Succeed in Spite of You

    It is nice to see project leadership is discussed more and more. It is becoming known that tools and techniques are not sufficient to succeed on any project with a minimum level of complexity. Project managers will need to demonstrate good leadership skills to successfully manage their projects. Leadership enables you to achieve better results, reach goals, and inspire people along the way. Strong leadership skills help the project manager in numerous ways: Ability to …

June, 2016

  • 24 June

    The Missing Link in Your Project Process

    We are project managers. We know the importance of establishing a proper process to manage our project. It is a matter of effectiveness: We want to achieve the results. It is also a matter of efficiency: We want to use the most optimal process. Choosing and establishing the best processes for your project is an important step in managing your project. Let’s take the world of software development. The process can include many steps, such …

May, 2016

  • 9 May

    Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Decisions That Bleed Projects Dry

    Decisions in project management From the project initiation to project closure, decisions are an essential part of project management. For simple projects, it will rarely be an issue. The most usual problem would be that project decisions are only made informally. There is a temptation on simple projects to keep processes simple. However, while it is important to keep the processes aligned with the size of the project, it is essential to correctly manage decisions. …

February, 2016

  • 29 February

    Are You Really Collaborating? Too Much Communication Also Kills Projects

    The value of collaboration within a project Project management is very task-oriented: focused defining and managing of all the tasks that must be done to achieve a specific objective. To accomplish these tasks, it is important to consider the people involved and impacted by the project. A good project leader will be able to develop a positive working relationship and maximize communication within the project. Let’s take the development of an enterprise IT application to support …

January, 2016

  • 8 January

    Owning the Solution: Not Every Project Is an IT Project

    What is the most important role in a project? It is the business owner of the deliverable. This is even more important with IT projects. It is too easy to assume that the development of a business application is an IT project. After all, this is a software; it requires IT expertise. But is it really an IT project? Sometimes it will be an IT project, and sometimes not. The key question is to know …