George Cookman is a Senior Consultant with Lean East certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Lean Black Belt. He believes effective project managers must provide a working environment whereby team members go home at the end of the day with a sense of self-worth and accomplishment. George has led complex projects or trained project management principles for over 20 years in technology, education and consulting organizations and previously held roles in sales, programming and systems development. He is especially experienced at leading complex new software implementations.
George first learned about Lean and tools for continuous improvement over 40 years ago and loves Lean because it gives people without a voice a chance to speak up and improve their job. George has a BA in Economics from Boston University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Testimonials about George:
- “I took your project management boot camp in January and have been using charters and milestones since then. The status update template you made available…has been invaluable. It’s helped me pull back for a big picture view of the project, and it’s provided clear communication which has already prevented problems. My supervisor would like to take the boot camp seminar as well and we’ve discussed changing the way we manage our program over the next couple of years.”
- “George worked with us for three years assisting with system requirements development and then provided the program management skills to plan, test and integrate delivered software. I leaned on him heavily to manage the process, report the progress and to flag issues that require my direct involvement. George is an extremely dedicated and professional individual with strong program management skills and the highest integrity.”
- “George brought a wealth of project management knowledge, experience, and discipline to our project. Strong project management was a critical success factor given the importance and magnitude of the program scope, which consisted of several interrelated projects.”
- “George designed a Project Leadership Methodology, had it approved by Sr Staff, and rolled it out to the entire management team. He also designed the training curriculum for a Project Leadership course and became the trainer for the course. The tools and practices that he introduced continue to be used and refined…”