Randall L. Englund is an independent project management executive consultant, author, trainer, speaker, and professional facilitator. He founded his own consulting business, Creating an Environment for Project Success (CEPS), now known as the Englund Project Management Consultancy (Englund PMC).
Randy is a frequent SeminarsWorld instructor and Global Congress presenter for the Project Management Institute. He facilitates programs on The Complete Project Manager, Creating an Environment for Successful Projects, Project Sponsorship, Creating Excellence in Project Management, Optimizing Results from Projects in Organizations, Breakthrough Project Management, Operating Projects Across Organizations, and Project Leadership. He speaks world-wide to management teams and coaches executives about their role to create an environment that optimizes results from project-based work, and he consults with clients to implement a Project Office and project portfolio management.
Randy developed and teaches online courses “Leading and Managing Technical Projects” and “Program/Portfolio Leadership” for Northeastern University. He developed and taught “Management, Leadership, and Team Development in the Project Environment” and “Creating the Program Management Office” for UC Irvine Extension. He taught “Negotiations” and “Project Office” for the University of California Santa Cruz Extension. He was an adjunct professor on the faculty for San Jose State University’s Professional Development Center, teaching courses on project environments, project sponsorship, creating the project office, team dynamics and leadership skills. He was a professional associate for the Stanford Advanced Project Management Certificate Program, delivering courses on-site on “Converting Strategy into Action” and the “Effective Project Management Office” and attended “Mastering the Project Portfolio.” Randy is a member of the American Management Association.
The Project Management Institute awarded Randy with the Distinguished Contributions Award 2013 at the New Orleans Global Congress, citing a great contribution to the profession worldwide, presenting, consulting, coaching and mentoring project managers, and convincing executives about the added value of project management implementation in organizations.
In 2018 at the PMI Award Ceremony, Randy received the Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award, for his significant and lasting contributions to the Institute and profession of project management worldwide.
In the project management professional community, Randy co-authored a book with cultural anthropologist Dr. Robert J. Graham on Creating an Environment for Successful Projects: the Quest to Manage Project Management, targeted for managers of project managers. He then co-authored, with Graham and Paul Dinsmore, Creating the Project Office: a Manager’s Guide to Leading Organizational Change. The Second Edition of Creating an Environment for Successful Projects was released in 2004; the Third Edition is being published in 2019 by Berrett-Kohler.
He co-authored Project Sponsorship: Achieving Management Commitment for Project Success, in 2006 from Jossey-Bass Publishers. Alfonso Bucero of BUCERO PM Consulting in Madrid, Spain is co-author. The 2nd Edition of Project Sponsorship was published by the Project Management Institute in 2015. In 2012, Alfonso and Randy authored The Complete Project Manager: Integrating People, Organizational and Technical Skills and The Complete Project Manager’s Toolkit, published by Management Concepts Press. Berrett-Kohler is publishing a Second Edition in 2019.
Randy occasionally presents webinars, such as “Negotiating for Project Success” for Cadence Management Corporation.
Published articles include “Implementing a Project Office for Organizational Change,” “From Experience: Linking Projects to Strategy,” “Speaking Truth to Power,” “What is Not a Project,” “Leading Change Towards Enterprise Project Management,” and “Authenticity and Integrity.” Randy posts blogs on LinkedIn and ProjectConnections.com.
He’s a frequent speaker and workshop presenter for chapter and professional association conferences such as the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), and IEEE Engineering Management Society. He’s shared his experiences as a practitioner who innovates and implements project management practices with other companies such as Applied Materials, Amgen, Aviat Networks, Intel, Motorola, 3M, Ford, Boeing, UPS, GE, American Express, Chevron, TI, Kaiser Permanente, Genentech, PG&E, Symantec, Standard Insurance, Shive-Hattery, and the Departments of Energy, Transportation, and Homeland Security. He also provided executive and project management briefings for PMI, ProjectWorld, UC Berkeley, Special Librarians Association, and Stanford University. He’s a firm believer in action learning and sharing experiences.
His previous experience was as a senior project manager at Hewlett-Packard Company in the corporate Project Management Initiative, whose purpose as a project office was to lead the continuous improvement of project management across the company. At HP, Randy led workshops and consulted with product developers on cross-organizational projects. He developed workshops on Operating Across Organization and Portfolio Management as well as WebShops on Taming Organizational Chaos and Speaking Truth to Power. He facilitated teams to conduct project startup meetings, implement project management practices, and prioritize project portfolios. He documented best practices and developed resources to help project managers be more successful. He also chaired a number of successful conferences on project and engineering management. He led teams to develop improved project life cycle processes.
During his 22 years at HP, Randy was a program manager in computer system product development and participated in new product development teams, bringing personal computer systems to market and resolving difficult cross-organizational issues. He was a major account marketing engineer and a manufacturing engineer for real time computer systems.
Randy also worked for General Electric Medical Systems as a field service installation supervisor. He initiated a project office that addressed district-wide planning and installation of radiology systems. He also served in the U.S. Army as a maintenance officer.
Randy holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.B.A. in Management from San Francisco State University, an honorary Engineering and Management degree from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a certified by PDMA as a New Product Development Professional (NPDP) and as a Certified Business Manager (CBM) by the Association of Professionals in Business Management.
To create memorable experiences, Randy uses full multimedia capabilities, interactive discussions, and a systems approach to organizational learning.