In this week’s episode of Project Management Paradise, I speak with Donnie MacNicol.

Donnie is the founder of Team Animation and Author of “Project Leadership”

Donnie is one of the main contributors to the iMAPraxis Initiative and that is going to be the topic for discussion today.

A short overview of the iMAPraxis

People are different – the way we make decisions, communicate, involve others and the materials we produce (and a host of other factors). Surprisingly these differences are not taken into account in how we describe what project management is and how it should be practised (when I use project management I also include program(me) and portfolio management). We, the collective projects community, have multiple models and tools to give us insights into how different people are motivated, work with others, lead, etc. To date these insights have not been used directly to help improve the design, adoption and practice of the many structures and processes that go into making what we know as project management. That is about to change through the iMAPraxis Initiative. If you are intrigued and would like to know more or help with the research, rather than adding more description here you can choose one of the following options:

  1. Go straight to the iMAPraxis research webpage and provide your feedback through a short four question survey –
  2. Watch the video embedded below, originally produced for the PM Channel ( that describes the initiative – aired for the first time today. I forgot to wear my Christmas hat for that one!
  3. Read the Project Manager Today ( article on the initiative which has just been published and is now available on SlideShare as a pdf.
  4. Read our previous LinkedIn article (link below) that launched the research in October and preceded the video and article


Episode 27: “How to combine People and Process for better projects” with Donnie MacNicol - Project Management Paradise