Journeyman PM is a blog under the direction of Bert Heymans, a project manager with a heavy emphasis on his background in software development. He started the blog as heymans.org in 2006 and moved over to the journeymanpm.com URL for good in 2010, and posts at least once every two weeks.
“Making my readers better project managers by sharing my experiences and offering guides is the main goal of the blog,” Bert says of his intentions through Journeyman PM. “I started my previous project management blog Heymans.org with my old PMO in mind for my main audience, Journeyman PM builds on top of that experience. I believe very strongly that a big part of striving for professional excellence is teaching what you’ve learned to others. The human mind is wired like that.”
As with many blogs, Journeyman PM taps the experience of its leader, and Bert combines his experience with his domain and sector knowledges to create one of the longest running blogs to be featured on PPM Community.
“I have a knack for good usability design and my hobbies are photography and keeping up with the latest technologies,” he says. “In the field I’ve managed projects in web consultancy agencies, in advertising, in IT and professional services. I strongly believe in coaching, empowerment, facilitation and using the right tools for the job.”
“I started out as a software developer and after some time as a freelance consultant and technical analyst I rolled into project management. I got formal and informal PMI and PRINCE2 training and followed courses in time management, leadership and people management. Throughout the years I’ve constantly been active online one way or the other, so have a look at my http://about.me/heymans page.”
Bert was driven by the emergence of social opportunities in online media to spearhead Journeyman PM. “I want to have an online project management presence,” he says. “It’s great for networking and it creates a place where I archive my own lessons.”
In describing Journeyman PM, Bert offers his readers this explanation: “It’s an aggregation of advice, checklists and stories that I collect throughout the years in my professional career. I mostly blog about communication and soft skills and keep the posts methodology agnostic. If I find a great project management tool I’ll write about it, too.”
Bert says the most popular post tackles web design projects:
He also has three personal favourites:
Be sure to follow the Journeyman PM blog and Bert’s latest news at his Twitter handle @journeymanpm
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