Hi there! I'm Harry
Hi, my name is Harry Hall and I'm the guy behind the projectriskcoach.com website and the author of The Purpose Driven Project Manager. I’ve managed PMOs, programs, and projects for more than 20 years. And I’ve learned a thing or two about risk management, things that can boost your project performance and your career.
Some have asked me how I became a risk management professional. I wish I could say that I had some grand vision and a clear strategy early in my career. That’s not how it happened. Rather, I stumbled into risk management.
At one point in my career, I was managing an enterprise PMO and we were implementing new core systems. It was the largest, most expensive, and most risky endeavor this company had ever undertaken. Frankly, we were having problems. And I knew that we had to do a better job of managing our risks.
I dug deeper into Chapter 11 – Project Risk Management of the PMBOK® Guide. As we improved our risk management processes, things started to improve. It wasn’t perfect, but it was much better.
After we implemented the new core systems, my company decided to shut down the PMO. At the same time, they were implementing a new Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program. When opportunity knocked, I was prepared to answer and landed the job.
I decided to strengthen my risk management knowledge and skills further with the PMI-RMP® credential. However, there were many obstacles in my path.
First, I was terribly busy and already felt like I was not spending enough time with my family. And second, I did not know where to start. What books should I study? How could I ensure that my study time was effective?
Yes, I passed! However, I spent too much time on certain topics and not enough time on others. If I had to do it again, I would have a different approach. One that would have resulted in greater confidence with less effort and time.
A few years ago, I left the corporate world to train project managers.
Past President, PMI Palmetto Chapter
Harry Hall was a speaker at our annual PMI Palmetto Symposium. His speaking style is personable, with relevant stories and actionable take-aways. Harry's topic of risk is well-presented and relevant to both the project manager and most business professionals.
Past President, PMI Columbus, GA Chapter
Harry has led many workshops for the Columbus, GA PMI Chapter as he is one of the most requested facilitators. He is wonderful to work with in customizing workshops for our chapter members and always delivers a quality program. Harry has a wealth of knowledge and experience from which we all benefit in his workshops.
President, Middle Georgia Internal Auditors Chapter
Harry spoke at our recent virtual quarterly meeting of the Institute of Internal Auditors - Middle Georgia Chapter. Although the session was virtual, it was quite interactive, and our chapter members seemed to enjoy the topic (Jumpstart an ERM Program) and the presentation. We have received very positive feedback from several members on the presentation. We look forward to inviting Harry to speak at another chapter event in the future.
Associate Internal Auditor at Mercer University
Thank you for your great presentation today on Enterprise Risk Management. I took notes throughout your presentation. I really appreciate your approach to teaching and you have so much practical experience that comes across in your presentation.