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What is a project, and what is project management? When we say “projects”, Rotarians may think of service projects. But projects exist in almost every area of Rotary. Good project management can push Rotary projects forward and, in turn, increase impact in the world.

In this first episode, Rotarian Yemi Olaniyi talks about how he got involved in Rotary and how projects can be the key to a more significant global impact. Yemi’s advice is, “projectize and simplify.”

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More About This Episode

We started this episode by defining projects and project management. In Rotary, we sometimes focus on "service projects," but projects exist all around us. Rotary International has excellent resources on its website about developing and managing great service projects. But why should Rotarians learn to be better project managers? Managing projects well is about being more impactful, something dear to Rotarians' hearts. It's also about being agile in the sense that Rotary clubs can welcome and leverage positive change.

"projects are temporary efforts to create value through unique products, services, and processes" - PMI

Yemi Olaniyi joined the podcast to discuss how he got involved in Rotary, the Project Management Institute (PMI), and why good project management is essential to Rotary.

Yemi explained how to start the conversation about project management to Rotary clubs by telling clubs to "projectize and simplify." Yemi also explained how learning new ways to manage projects is essential for success.

Thomas asked Yemi his thoughts on agile. They also discussed whether Rotary clubs should use a predictive, agile, or hybrid approach to project management. From this conversation, Yemi spoke about the importance of "tailoring" the way each project is managed.


"Projectize, simplify, come up with your metricts before you start. Have your minimum criteria, or checklist, or definition of ready, before you start. And we are going to be fine. We are going to become a Rotary club that others want to copy. Not just other Rotarians, but other organizations, they'll want to copy what we're doing." - Yemi Olaniyi

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About Our Guest

Yemi Olaniyi, a certified project management professional, is an experienced Banker and Project Manager with 20+ years of mixed career experience in finance, banking, technology and management consulting. He previously led teams and projects in various initiatives, such as digital transformation, application development, CRM, ERP, product development, process improvement, training, and change management. Yemi is passionate about social entrepreneurship, career coaching, volunteering and community services. He currently sits on the board of the Project Management Institute, Nova Scotia Chapter, and he is a member of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbour, where he serves on the strategic planning committee.

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About Our Host

Thomas Paul is a member of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbour in Halifax, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a certified Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM), and a member of the Project Management Institute. Thomas is passionate about giving back to his community through volunteering and projects.

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0.25 - Ways of Working
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