Project Pundits Unplugged Pod

Project Pundits Unplugged Pod

A bi-weekly entertaining journey into the world of Project Management. Hosts Braden and Jim discuss all things project management and frankly anything else they find funny navigating the corporate world. Each 30 minute episode is (intended to be) packed with real world advice with a focus on principles more than process. This show has something for everyone from those in a project management career path, to those considering a switch to project management, to folks who manage project managers, to anyone who works in the corporate world and wants a cathartic release.


February 14, 2024 59 mins

In the Season 1 Finale of the Project Pundits Unplugged Pod the guys put on their detective gear and investigate The League of Lamentable Stakeholders. That's right, Braden and Jim discuss how to mitigate the disruptive superpowers of 4 key lamentable stakeholders that all project managers (and really anyone who works in corporate America) face in their daily duties. They discuss The Naysayer, The Whatabouter, The Punching Bag, and...

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In this episode the guys cover a range of topics and put some predictions on the record. Politics, economics, war, Artificial Intelligence (AI), healthcare, nukes, and weight loss are all on the table! We didn’t cover all ‘third rail’ issues though, you’ll find no discussion of religion for instance! After you watch/listen let us know if you’re in agreement with the prognostications or if you think we’re way off.

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January 8, 2024 35 mins

Braden and Jim talk about the stark reality that every project manager comes to understand at some point in their career - that you really have zero direct control over the people and activities that you must orchestrate in order to successfully deliver your projects. Hence the title "Steering Without the Wheel". The guys talk about various techniques Project Managers can use to bend people to their will. There are references to ca...

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December 17, 2023 36 mins

Braden and Jim discuss what it takes to set yourself apart as a Project Manager and as a professional. There are a million things you can do, videos you can watch, and books you can read about self improvement in the professional world, however, the hosts cover some specific experiences and recommendations that can really make a difference. Are there other things that have helped you get ahead? Please share in the comments!

The pos...

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November 27, 2023 33 mins

Braden and Jim discuss all things Project Management - as a career. Learn about the upsides and downsides of choosing a career in project management, what personality traits align well with such roles, and what sort of earning expectations one should have!

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November 13, 2023 41 mins

There was no way around it, the topic of PMOs had to be discussed... In this episode Braden and Jim talk about Project Management Offices, what they are, how they are structured, what makes them successful, and what sometimes makes them become black holes sucking the life, and the money, out of organizations.

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October 30, 2023 35 mins

Follow Jim & Braden's extensive wisdom and guidance and they guarantee you'll be the best project manager ever. Totally. In this episode your hosts continue their discussion around project management and they keys to success. This episode covers the key principles and steps of setting a project up for success - more about the principles, less about the process. Also covered in this episode: cults, mob-adjacent, houses on Martha's V...

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October 16, 2023 35 mins

Pilot episode! In this inaugural episode of the Project Pundits Unplugged Pod Jim and Braden discuss their views on why they think Project Management is broken, the intent of the podcast, and their views on what project management actually is. And they laugh at themselves along the way…

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