Time Hacking for Projects: Lessons from Daniel Pink’s When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

April 16, 2018
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Time Hacking for Projects: Lessons from Daniel Pink’s When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Timing, timelines, and communications are key components for successful project management. Using Daniel Pink’s new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (2018), as a jumping off point, we explore some of the practical applications of the science behind “timing” to some core project management tasks, from the best time to schedule meetings or present information to the psychology of how and when to reset a project that is going off track. As project managers, we need to leverage every advantage possible to achieve project success. Project managers can use an awareness of human chronobiology (e.g., circadian rhythms) and behavioral psychology to facilitate the development of more effective project processes and communication strategies.

Pink is a well-regarded business writer, speaker, and presenter. In 2009 he presented one of the 10 most-watched TED talks on the science of productivity and rewards. His newest book, published in January of this year, explores the science behind timing. His book is an aggregation of research in chronobiology and applied behavioral science as it relates to identifying the best “time” to perform tasks: from the best time to exercise to the best time to get married.


This presentation will count as 1.5 PDUs for credentialed PMP holders.


Janet Whyde

Janet Whyde

Janet currently works for the state of Louisiana overseeing the transition of a new enterprise architecture suite of software from project to maintenance. She has worked on several statewide projects including the development of said EA software infrastructure, the conversion of the DOTD financial system from multiple legacy mainframe systems to SAP financials, and the conversion of the old legacy state HR system from mainframe to SAP in the early 2000’s, among other smaller conversion projects. She got her PMP in 2014.

She has a PhD in American literature from LSU. Before moving from academia to IT, she taught English in various capacities at Texas A&M, North Carolina State University, and LSU. She also served as Communications Director for the Mississippi/Alabama Sea Grant Program. She was managing editor of the Henry James Review, and has published a couple of academic articles on esoteric literary subjects of interest to exactly 4 people in the world.

She has been known, under the influence of vino veritas, to compose a poem and throw together a tasty cheese dip. She once actually got applause at a poetry slam for a poem of profound insight into women’s undergarments with a poem entitled “Victoria’s Secret.” She has never mistaken a rat for a squirrel. And she is an enthusiastic if not particularly skilled soccer player.

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