Day in the Life Program

This program is being launched in 2012 with the purpose of collecting one-day, 24-hour, journals from project managers around the world and publishing the collection in an e-book.  It was first announced in the March 31, 2012 IPM Day newsbrief from Frank Saladis. The response has proven positive enough, with volunteers signing up already, that we are confident this program will proceed.

Elaine Jackson has been named the Director of the Day in the Life Program. Please comment here if you are interested in participating.


  1. Michael Lam says:

    With project management expertise on ecommerce, social media and entertainment projects in Hong Kong and Taiwan and china region, I would like to contribute to the program.

    Looking forward to your reply
    Michael Lam

  2. I’m excited by the theme of kids in PM. In fact, on Friday I will be at Career Day at a local middle school, pushing project management as a career. Now, keep in mind I am compteting against policemen in full uniform, veteranarians bringing parrots and iguanas, and football players, so the going is tough. But when the going gets tough, the tough have the kids engage in an eco-car design project!

  3. Diana Jonas says:

    This is a great idea! Count me in and I’ll try to rustle up as many public sector PMs here in Ontario Canada as I can to particpate so we can increase the awareness/presence of government project management practitioners! I am a community leader for PMI GovCOP and would like to hear from you if you work for hte public sector and are doing some IPM day events!! We want to know about it too 🙂

    Diana Jonas, PMP – if you work for government then contact me and I’d be happy to give you more mileage in our bianual magazine for your efforts! We need writers too and you might need PDUs!

  4. UPDATE 6/18/12
    We currently have 110 individuals confirmed as interested in writing for this event.
    We need about 50 – 75 more individuals to register.
    This project is generating much interest and drawing projects managers from all walks of life.
    We even had someone offer to do a writing in their native language. That material will also be translated into English.
    It is a true pleasure to work on this project with Frank Saladis and Kay Wais.
    Elaine Jackson, PMP

  5. Thanks everyone for your patience as we set this program to run smoothly.

    We are creating a one step process for everyone to register, enter their data, and even upload their stories.

    The writing requirements will be clearly stated.
    Ground rules for submitted written material will be outlined.
    The evaluation of all submitted work with be evaluated with much transparency.

    Be sure to get a mentor for help with any grammar and spell check issues to ensure your writing will have a better opportunity of being chosen. We will not do major edits on your material.

    You will be asked to sign a release to use your material in the planned book and to use your name in the book. Details to follow soon on this.

    We know you will be pleased with the plans for the final product. The team is very excited to be part of such a plan to include so many.

    If you know of others that want to be part of this endeavor, please have them contact Elaine Jackson as soon as possible to get on the communications list for any updates and reminders.

    Again thanks for your interest and your patience.
    We are looking at final writing samples to be submitted at the end of August 2012. If you are going on vacation — contact me with your material so I have it ahead of your vacation period.

    Elaine Jackson, PMP
    A Day In The Life Program

  6. Jean Binder says:

    Wonderful initiative, I will contact you to see how I can help.

  7. We are working on a section of the webiste to help with this project and to answer FAQs.
    If you need an immediate response to a question send a note to

  8. Count me in also. Thanks for all you do

  9. Day In The Life of a Project Manager – Chapter Primer

    To help you write your story about a day in your life as a project manager, this outline may help organize your thoughts. Our goal is to capture some of the “adventures” and unique experiences project managers work through during a project life cycle. The stories should be interesting, based on an actual experience, and can be humorous or serious. The intent of the book is to provide the reader, whether they are project managers or just curious individuals, with information that will help to show the true nature of the project manager’s role. Stories can be based on examples of strong leadership, building teams, overcoming major obstacles, dealing with difficult clients, managing unreasonable executives, creating an amazing product or any topic that you think would be of interest to your colleagues and people interested in project management.

    Story Title – Make the title itself interesting. Examples:
    • Showdown in the conference room
    • The impossible client
    • When good projects go bad
    • When bad projects get worse
    • Why did I accept this job?
    • You can’t make this stuff up
    • You’re kidding, right?
    • A team to remember
    • You won’t find this in any project management book
    • What you need to know about projects that no one wants to tell you
    • Getting burnt and lessons learnt
    • I was just assigned my first project
    • You want what? When?
    • Mutiny on the project
    • Do you really need that change?

    Here are some thoughts to help develop your story:
    1. make sure you obtain the necessary permissions if you plan to mention a company or individual by name.
    2. Be respectful. These chapters are not about vengeance or venting or to attack a person or organization. Share an experience and what you learned from it.
    3. Think of humorous situations that you found yourself in. What happened? Why was it humorous? What did you learn?
    4. If your experience was serious, explain what led up to the situation. What occurred?. What was the impact? How did you resolve it?
    5. Build the story by providing some background. Describe the characters involved. What incidents occurred that caused the event? Describe any environmental factors such as location, culture etc.
    6. Visualize the entire story. How did it start? What details are important? Who was affected? How were they affected? What did they do in response? How was information distributed? Make notes as you visualize your story. Ask other people who may have been involved to share their memories. Think about what message you would like to communicate to the reader. Is there a a specific lesson learned?
    7. At the end of the chapter you may want to provide some summary information or key points to the story.
    8. This should be an enjoyable experience. You are sharing information with other project managers. Tell your story with some passion. Try to get a “wow” reaction from the reader.
    9. Go to a search engine and research how to write a story. There is lots of information available.
    10. Don’t hold back. Write what you are thinking. You can refine it later.

  10. Ken Grant says:

    I just completed my volunteer application for a writer position. Your primer is helpful. I am beginning my writing project today.


  11. Can this experience be in any form – power point, word file with pictures? And to whom we should send this?


  12. TARUN JAIN says:

    Dear Elaine

    I am interested to register for this event – Day in the Life Program.

    My mail Id is

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