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Martin Van Buren

 

“I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men” said Martin Van Buren. Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States from 1837 to 1841. Van Buren graduated from Kinderhook Academy and his non-governmental occupation was a lawyer. Before he held the office of president he was a New York state senator, New York attorney-general, U.S. senator, governor of New York, secretary of state under Andrew Jackson, minister to England, and vice president under Andrew Jackson. His significant accomplishment prior to becoming president was the planning and execution to gain increasingly higher levels of government job stepping- stones to become president. In other words, Van Buren had no major presidential accomplishments. Van Buren’s lesson for project managers and executive sponsors is to use stepping-stones to accomplish your goals.

This microblog is from The Dead Presidents Guide to Project Management by Jim Johnson. To read the rest of Martin Van Buren story and the other 39 dead presidents get your copy on LuLu @ http://www.lulu.com/shop/james-johnson/dead-presidents-guide-to-project-management/paperback/product-24023070.html

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The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management considers 40 brief lessons that these great men have bestowed upon us. It is the author’s opinion that the job of president of the United States requires a lot of the same strengths and characteristics needed by both project managers and executive sponsors. Most projects need both a strong, skilled executive sponsor and a project manager (or if an organization follows an agile methodology such as Scrum, then a Scrum master and product owner); and both positions can learn from our dead presidents.
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