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Our Company

For over fifteen years, Westwind Consulting has been offering the highest quality project management services to industry and government, including project management, project audits, and project management training. Because project management is increasingly important to organizations, we have now focused our experience and knowledge on training project managers. We have conducted courses in Canada, the United States, Malaysia, and the Philippines and we are expanding globally.

Our clients have included academia, engineering companies, consulting companies, public utilities, telecommunications companies, and government departments as diverse as health, highways, and technology.

Our courses include basic, advanced, and specialized project management, and training on Microsoft Project®. They are directed toward technology, engineering, information systems, government, and telecommunications organizations. Our focus is on managing technology projects, but we have taught successful courses to participants in marketing, communications, construction, manufacturing, and law.

The training is customized to the requirements of each customer through our exclusive Pre-Training Assessment© process, so that we can deliver training that meets the customer’s needs both in terms of content and scheduling.

All participants in our courses receive a user manual, copies of the overheads, and a set of useful forms and checklists. Where the customer approves, we also provide a CD with all course materials and an electronic copy of our principal’s book, Information Systems Project Management, Second Edition (AMACOM, 2005).

We are capable of delivering our courses in any location in the world, although all courses are delivered in English.

Some of our clients offer our courses as public training, open to their customers, while others offer them in-house to their own staff. We are pleased to handle both types of requirement. Also, we are pleased to enter into partnership agreements with consulting and training companies allowing them to offer our courses under their own name.

 

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The Instructor

The instructor for these courses is Jolyon Hallows, principal of Westwind Consulting.

  • He has over thirty years experience in the IT industry, fifteen years as a project manager, and an additional fifteen years as a programmer, analyst, instructor, and consultant. He is the author of Information Systems Project Management (AMACOM, 1997), The Project Management Office Toolkit (AMACOM, 2001), and Information Systems Project Management, Second Edition (AMACOM, 2005)
  •  He has taught public project management courses for the American Management Association and in-house courses for numerous organizations, including AT&T, the New York City Housing Authority, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Government Technology. He is a faculty member for the Diploma in Applied Project Management offered by Simon Fraser University. He has also taught project management in the computer certification program of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, which included extensive training in Microsoft Project®.
  • He is the author of Westwind’s Project Management Guide (PMG), a complete set of templates, checklists, forms, and processes for managing IT projects.
  • As a project manager, he has managed over a hundred projects with budgets of up to $35M and teams of up to 35 people. His projects have encompassed applications development, engineering and aerospace, infrastructure, and consulting on IT policies and planning. His clients include private and government organizations. His government clients have included several Canadian federal and provincial government ministries, state government agencies, and government departments in Thailand and Ecuador.
  • Mr. Hallows is a member of the Project Management Institute and has served on the Board of Directors of the local chapter. He holds the degrees of B. Ed. (Mathematics and Physics) and B. A. (Psychology).

 

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Our Books

The principal of Westwind Consulting, Jolyon Hallows, has written two books:

Book coversInformation Systems Project Management (AMACOM, 1997) and Information Systems Project Management, Second Edition (AMACOM, 1995) set the standard for project management books. Click on the links for more information

PMO Toolkit coverThe Project Management Office Toolkit (AMACOM, 1994) describes how to set up and operate a Project Management Office (PMO). Click on the link for more information.

 

 

Our articles

We have written several articles on project management ranging from the importance of benefits in managing projects to how to build high-performing teams. And one whimsical tribute to rap. Click here to have a look.

 

 

Free project process charts

Project process charts

We have four project process charts for

  1. Initiating a project
  2. Planning a project
  3. Executing a project
  4. Closing out a project

You can ask for your free copy of these charts from our contact page. There, you can also request other useful information.