Advanced Project Management Series

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This exclusive 14-hour package is a series of 11 courses that will introduce you to concepts tools techniques and processes that will enhance your ability to effectively manage projects for your organization and clients. These courses are geared for active project managers with experience in managing projects at the mid-to-senior level. They are structure to give you information you can use on projects you're working on right now. If you're a new project manager - you'll still benefit from these courses but you may lack context for some of the topics and concepts.

The Advanced Project Management Series is authored and presented by Christian Knutson, P.E., Certified Project Management Professional and Project Practitioner who has been managing infrastructure projects and programs for over two decades. Mr. Knutson demonstrates that there are a lot of aspects that go into being effective in project management - including the technical aspects, which are important. But equally important - some might say even more important - are the non-technical aspects of project management, sustainability, risk assessment, understanding integrated design processes, leadership, strategy and decision making in the face of uncertainty or ambiguity. 

If you're managing projects and have an interest in enhancing your skills, the Advanced Project Management Series provided by RedVector is for you. These courses are specifically designed to go deeper than the project management training you may have received preparing for certification. 

COURSES INCLUDED IN THE ADVANCED PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES PACKAGE

• Advanced Project Management: Advanced Project Risk Management - RV-11291 – 2 hours – Advanced
• Advanced Project Management: Sustainability in Project Management - RV-11292 – 2 hours – Advanced
• Advanced Project Management: Integrated Project Delivery - RV-11293 – 2 hours – Advanced
• Advanced Project Management: Project Management in a Dynamic Environment - RV-11294 – 1 hour – Advanced
• Advanced Project Management: Project Performance Management - RV-11303 – 1 hour – Advanced
• Advanced Project Management: Advanced Project Scheduling - RV-11304 – 1 hour – Advanced
• Advanced Project Management: Executing Complex Programs - RV-11305 – 1 hour – Advanced
• Advanced Project Management: Converting Strategy Into Action - RV-11306 – 1 hour – Advanced
• Advanced Project Management: Managing Project Teams - RV-11313 – 1 hour – Advanced
• Advanced Project Management: Understanding the Project, Program, and Portfolio Architecture - RV-11314 – 1 hour – Advanced
• Advanced Project Management: The Power of Project Leadership - RV-11315 – 1 hour – Advanced


 

  • Advanced Project Management: The Power of Project Leadership

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    The 1-hour course - part of the "Advanced Project Management" series - is geared for active project practitioners with experience in managing projects and mid- to senior-level managers, and will provide information that can be applied to current projects, allowing for introspection.

    This course should look at project management and leadership, then go into the fundamental leadership mistakes made by project managers and how to remedy them. Throughout, actionable tips and recommendations should be provided to enhance the user's skill set in project leadership. The course is geared for active project practitioners with experience in managing projects and mid- to senior-level managers. The course will provide information that can be applied to current projects, allowing for introspection. New project managers, or those aspiring to lead projects, however can benefit from the course by learning about the skill set required by effective project leaders. (Advanced - 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of this course you will be able accomplish the following:

    • Describe management and leadership, as well as classify their differences and recognize the importance of both in relation to projects.
    • Apply the Theory X and Theory Y, as well as the situational leadership models in project management situations.
    • Recognize the three fundamental leadership mistakes of project managers and use recommended tools and techniques to avoid them.
    • Explain the project leadership matrix and recognize how your project leadership effectiveness is measured.
    • List the seven competencies for effective project leadership.
    • Explain the importance of project leadership and change management as methods for delivering successful projects.

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

    Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

    Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.

  • Advanced Project Management: Understanding the Project, Program, and Portfolio Architecture

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    This interactive, 1-hour online course- part of the "Advanced Project Management" series - will define project, program and portfolio management, as well as explore the key differences and interactions.

    Project and construction managers are at the leading edge of delivering benefits to an organization. But how does one’s efforts fit in the bigger picture? And why do you even need to know the bigger picture? This interactive, online course will define project, program and portfolio management, as well as explore the key differences and interactions. This course will also introduce you to the concept of benefits realization management and how the project, program, and portfolio hierarchy can be used to bring strategy to life and ensure more successful projects. This course will help professionals both new to, and experienced in, project management. Whether you’re new to project management, or have been practicing it for some time, understanding the hierarchy of project, program and portfolio management will help you take your skills to the next level. (Intermediate - 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • Define project management, program management, and portfolio management and recognize the differences and relationships between the three areas.
    • Conceptually apply the processes and knowledge areas of project management, program management, and portfolio management to work you currently manage. 
    • Define what benefits realization management and appraise how you can use it to deliver benefits more effectively in your projects.
    • Identify how projects, programs, and portfolios enable organizations to turn strategy into actionable components.

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

    Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

    Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.

  • Advanced Project Management: Advanced Project Risk Management

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    During this 2-hour interactive online course on project risk management - part of the "Advanced Project Management" series - we will go beyond the fundamental truths of project risk and cover how decisions are made, delving into decision theory and decision making in the face of uncertainty; as well as exploring risk management through the four phases of Risk Identification, Risk Analysis, Risk Response, and Risk Mitigation and Control.

    Project risk is based on a simple equation: Event Risk equals the Probability of an Event times the Consequences of the Event. As project managers we know this, either implicitly because we’ve studied and read about risk in projects or we know it from first-hand experience. We’ve also learned along the way that we cannot fully eliminate risk, only mitigate the risk and that there is no such thing as a risk free project or action. During this interactive online course on project risk management we will go beyond the fundamental truths of project risk and cover how decisions are made, delving into decision theory and decision making in the face of uncertainty; as well as exploring risk management through the four phases of Risk Identification, Risk Analysis, Risk Response, and Risk Mitigation and Control. (Advanced - 2 hours).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of this course you will be able to:
    • Describe the utility theory and risk aversion. 
    • Identify the decision-making styles. 
    • Define the 5-step decision model in project management activities. 
    • Differentiate between decision making under uncertainty and under certainty. 
    • List and discuss the 4 phases of risk management. 
    • Recall the 4 possible response strategies for risk mitigation.

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

    Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

    Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.

  • Advanced Project Management: Converting Strategy Into Action

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    This interactive 1-hour online course - part of the "Advanced Project Management" series - is intended to change that mindset by helping you understand that to generate the outcomes any organization intends - or desires - requires direction via an actionable strategic plan.

    All strategic change in an organization, any organization, takes place through projects and programs. To ensure that the strategic change results in the desired outcomes, however, takes planning, thought, and focus. In short, to get effective strategic change you need to have an effective strategic plan. Through an effective strategic plan, you are better postured to ensure that the projects and programs that are implemented create the future envisioned for your organization, be it increased profit or manufacturing of a new product. This interactive, online course is intended to change that mindset by helping you understand that to generate the outcomes any organization intends, or desires, requires direction via an actionable strategic plan. The course is intended for any engineer, project or program manager, engineering manager or executive who wants to understand strategic planning via a simple process that will replace chance and luck with specific goals, objectives, and action initiatives. (Advanced - 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • Differentiate and define the components of an effective strategic plan.
    • List the process for strategic development and apply it in your organization.
    • Explain a simple technique for selecting goals and objectives and apply it to your organization.
    • Classify a goal, an objective and an action initiative and be better able to choose each for your organization’s strategy.
    • Apply the process for determining what’s important now to your organization, then identify core issues and key drivers that must be addressed to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Advanced Project Management: Executing Complex Programs

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    In this interactive 1-hour online course - part of the "Advanced Project Management" series - you’re going to be introduced to the Program Management Competency Model, which was developed to assist organizations and individuals make sense of the complexity of programs by focusing energy on the development of specific skill sets that yield the biggest return on investment.

    In today’s fast-paced, competitive, and dynamic environment, the ability for an organization or individual to successfully execute a program is severely challenged. This is because programs are complex, wrought with uncertainty, and ripe with ambiguity. Efforts to navigate the complexity of programs often result in the program manager simply expending more of their vital time to make sense of it all, but there are only so many hours in the week and regardless how many hours you invest, the program will still be complex. In this interactive online course, you’re going to be introduced to the Program Management Competency Model, which was developed to assist organizations and individuals make sense of the complexity of programs by focusing energy on the development of specific skill sets that yield the biggest return on investment. The six performance and eight personal competencies highlight areas where the development of knowledge, skills, and experience will return the greatest rewards for both organizations and individuals. The biggest reward being the capability and capacity to better execute complex programs. (Advanced - 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • According to the Project Management Institute, define program and program management.
    • List the five program management domains.
    • Differentiate between a project and a program, being able to describe what each is and illustrate how the two work together to deliver benefits.
    • Identify three program management supporting activities.
    • Explain why programs are, by their nature, uncertain, ambiguous, and complex.
    • List the six performance and eight personal competencies of the Program Management Competency Model.

     

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

    Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

    Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.

  • Advanced Project Management: Integrated Project Delivery

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    This interactive online 2-hour course - part of the "Advanced Project Management" series - will teach you about the importance of integrated project delivery's foundation of relational contracts, as well as the main ingredients that include a high-level of communications and collaboration and a no-fault work environment, from project charette through building commissioning.

    Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a construction delivery method that leverages a number of current trends to increase productivity and the speed of project delivery. This interactive online course will teach you about the importance of IPD’s foundation of relational contracts, as well as the main ingredients that include a high-level of communications and collaboration and a no-fault work environment, from project charette through building commissioning. You will also learn about the roles that lean construction processes and building information modeling play in performing, as well as recognize that IPD has many of the traits of construction delivery systems that are compatible with green building certification systems. (Advanced - 2 hours).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • Define Integrated Project Delivery and explain the main components of this method, recognizing its difference from traditional project delivery methods.
    • List the eight steps of the typical integrated project process and describe what each step entails.
    • Recognize the importance of team activities, quality of work and services, the management of risk, and the roles and responsibilities of the key actors in success Integrated Project Delivery efforts.
    • Describe what lean processes and building information modeling are and explain its role in Integrated Project Delivery.

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

    Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

    Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.

  • Advanced Project Management: Project Management in a Dynamic Environment

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    This interactive, 1-hour online course - part of the "Advanced Project Management" series - covers the nine principles that master project managers, and their teams, put into practice managing projects in a dynamic environment.

    This interactive, online course covers the nine principles that master project managers, and their teams, put into practice managing projects in a dynamic environment. This environment is one experienced by most, if not all, project managers. It’s an environment that holds speed and uncertainty as two of its most relevant characteristics. Both of these characteristics can cause severe stress during project planning and execution, and can lead to project failure if the project manager doesn’t develop the skills, knowledge, and leadership ability demanded in the dynamic environment of today’s projects. Mastering these nine principles will help you develop the inward and outward orientation, the formal and informal procedures, and the high-touch and high-tech communications strategy that you will require to be an effective, master project manager on your dynamic projects. (Advanced - 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of this course, you will be able to: 

    • Recognize the benefits that come from constantly shifting back and forth from one extreme to another in order to deliver speed and solve uncertainty in projects.
    • Explain why formal and informal procedures and an inward and outward orientation are mandatory skills for master project managers.
    • Describe the two major steps for successful communications for projects in dynamic environments.
    • Identify the nine principles simultaneous project managers use.

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

    Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

    Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.

  • Advanced Project Management: Advanced Project Scheduling

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    This interactive 1-hour online course - part of the "Advanced Project Management" series - will teach you the importance of scheduling in contract fulfillment, as well as introductory concepts for scheduling contract provisions, the concepts of delays and claims, and methods for delay claim resolution.

    Without a full and complete schedule, the project manager will be unable to communicate the complete effort, in terms of cost and resources, necessary to deliver the project. Knowing scheduling techniques will better prepare you to make decisions about schedule development and give better direction to your project team about schedule performance. This interactive online course will teach you the importance of scheduling in contract fulfillment, as well as introductory concepts for scheduling contract provisions, the concepts of delays and claims, and methods for delay claim resolution. You will also learn about establishing a scheduling model, best practice principles, and the eight steps for developing a good schedule model. (Advanced - 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of this course, you will be able to:
    • Define contract, delay, and claim, in regard to construction scheduling, and describe scheduling provisions included in construction contracts.
    • Describe delay claim resolution methods, and distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of each.
    • Discuss the schedule model principles, according to the Project Management Institute, and evaluate how these can be used on projects you manage.
    • Identify and differentiate between scheduling methods and techniques employed in project management.
    • List eight steps of the schedule model development process, and recognize how the process can be applied to projects you manage.

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

    Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

    Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.

  • Advanced Project Management: Managing Project Teams

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    Founded on a wide range of research and real-life experiences, this interactive 1-hour online course - part of the "Advanced Project Management" series - will help you understand how to develop and sustain effective project teams.

    Successful projects are not delivered through technical expertise alone. It takes the ability to manage and lead teams and people effectively. The most successful project managers know how to build and maintain an environment in which both teams and individuals are motivated to do their best work. Founded on a wide range of research and real-life experiences, this interactive online course will help you understand how to develop and sustain effective project teams. You will learn tools, techniques, and tips you can add to your toolbox of people-management skills, enabling you to improve performance for yourself, your team, and the individuals on your project team. (Advanced - 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • List the four stages of team development, describe the characteristics of each stage, and explain how effective leaders use this strategy to build more effective teams.
    • State five actions a leader must perform when developing an effective team, and identify how you can apply these actions in your own team.
    • Recognize the characteristics of an effective leader, and list the six traits effective leaders have in common. 
    • Describe what servant leadership is and identify how you can apply it to improve individual performance. 
    • Define the situational leadership theory and apply it to project team members on your teams.

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

    Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

    Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.

  • Advanced Project Management: Project Performance Management

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    This interactive 1-hour course - part of the "Advanced Project Management" series - will expand your understanding of metrics and Key Performance Indicators, which are essential tools and techniques project managers must develop to effectively conduct project performance measurement on today’s complex projects.

    To control a project and keep it on budget and schedule, you need to have a quantified sense of where the project is. How is it doing? Is it on time? Is it on budget? Are the deliverable's being delivered? Are the end users satisfied? To achieve this level of project performance assessment requires a deeper understanding of metrics and measures. During this interactive online course, you will go deeper than the Project Management Institute’s "Project Management Book of Knowledge®" takes individuals in Earned Value Management. This course will also expand your understanding of metrics and Key Performance Indicators, which are essential tools and techniques project managers must develop to effectively conduct project performance measurement on today’s complex projects. (Advanced - 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • List the five steps involved in performing Earned Value Management for effective project performance measurement to a project baseline. 
    • Apply the various earned value equations to develop the variances and values that define the performance of projects. 
    • Explain the importance of intangible measures in effective project performance measurement and name some of the more common intangible measures. 
    • State the four types of project-based metrics, according to time frames for making measurements of project performance factors. 
    • List the six characteristics of effective project-oriented Key Performance Indicators.

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

    Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

    Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.