June 27, 2017

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Project management advice, tips, tools and recommended resources for existing and aspiring project managers.

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Meet Linky van der Merwe

Linky van der Merwe

Linky van der Merwe Founder of Virtual Project Consulting & Business Owner

As a Project Management Professional (PMP) I have a passion for project delivery and to motivate and empower teams to produce synergistic results. I strive for excellence in Project and Program Management.

On a personal level my passion is for being a wife and mother of three children, 2 dogs and a cat. It keeps me busy on all levels, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I founded Virtual Project Consulting 8 years ago and started blogging about all things project management. Along the way there were other interests like Small Business, Internet and Mobile Marketing as well as Social Media. I stuck with Project Management where I believe I can make the biggest contribution to help more people, like Business professionals who are new to project management, who benefit from my online training and coaching; like PMO’s looking for a PPM tool and other project professionals looking for training, products or events.

To me it’s a privilege to share my views on project management and standard practices through blogging, consulting and speaking engagements.  Wonderful opportunities have crossed my path like being a contributing author to the book: “Strategic Integration of Social Media into Project Management Practice“, as well as featuring articles in ebooks, Project Management Magazines and Industry leading websites.

I’m an active member of Project Management South Africa (PMSA) and a volunteer for the Project Management Institute (PMI). My vision is to help elevate the project management profession through my blog, through public speaking, consulting and sharing knowledge through publishing success stories from experienced project managers.

VIRTUAL PROJECT CONSULTING VISION AND MISSIONVirtual Project Consulting logo

Your trusted advisor for the most comprehensive recommended resources for project management training, software, products, books and best practices!

Find practical advice on project management processes, templates and tools as well as PMO supported Project & Portfolio Management Software.

INITIATIVES

Success Stories Shared

Virtual Project Consulting coordinates the Success Stories Shared initiative.

  • Success Stories Shared is about using story-telling techniques to capture the experience of high-performing Project Managers to retain the wisdom and knowledge for present and future generation PM’s.
  • Contact Virtual Project Consulting to participate and share your project success stories with the Project Management community.

RESOURCES

Virtual Project Consulting recommends comprehensive resources relating to Project Management Training, Software, Products and Books.

  1. Have your training, software, product or service listed, reviewed and promoted on Virtual Project Consulting.
  2. Guest bloggers are welcome to submit articles about project management, leadership and other related topics.
  3. Sponsored Advertising and Promotional packages for exposure to a large project management audience.

Contact us to partner on:

  • A listing on Virtual Project Consulting PM Resources
  • Sponsored advertising on Home Page
  • Review and Promotion of your product, software, training or eventFast-track Growth Program
  • Guest blogging

PRODUCTS

  1. ITM Platform – comprehensive online Project & Portfolio Management Software.
  2. Fast-track Growth Program for new project managers – accelerated learning to grow critical project management competencies.
  3. Project Management Social – social media training, a strategic roadmap and action plan to integrate social media onto your projects.
  4. Project Management Podcasts – project best practice series, project success stories, other free project management resources

AWARDS / ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  1. Named one of Top 50 Management Consulting Blogs by Feedspot.com in 2017
  2. Named one of the “10 Women in Project Management to Follow” on Twitter in 2017, by getapp.com
  3. Strategic Integration of Social Media into Project Management Practice” – Contributing Author in 2016
  4. CIO Award for Delivery Excellence, 2015– Woolworths, South Africa
  5. Virtual Project Consulting Listed in 2014 under 100 Top Sites for Effective Project Managers
  6. Listed under Proofhub’s Favourite Project Management Bloggers of 2014
  7. Several articles published in The Project Manager Magazine
  8. Gold Project Award for Delivery Excellence in 2011 – Microsoft Consulting Services, South Africa

Make projects work for you:

  • to achieve objectives
  • to make changes in your business
  • to service your clients and maximize profit
  • to develop new products or services

VISION

Being the Service Provider that MAKE PROJECTS WORK FOR YOU!

MISSION

Helping small business owners and service professionals to follow a project based approach to expand your business on the internet.

PRODUCTS

Virtual Project Consulting provides unique project tool kits for self-help projects.

  1. The Solid-As-A-Rock project toolkit provides you with the basic project management process, guidelines and tools, based on project management best practices to enable you to manage your own business projects successfully.
  2. The Social Media Project Starter toolkit helps you plan, create, launch and maintain your social networking online presence in 5 steps.
  3. The Mobisite Starter Kit helps you establish your own mobile website after 5 working days.

SERVICES

Virtual Project Consulting provides consulting services when you require assistance in using the project management and social media tool kits or  when you need a system to communicate with your clients/customers.

  1. Project Management Consultation services to help you establish a project management process and competency in your business based on industry best practices.
  2. Social Media Advice on how to launch your business on social media platforms and which social media tools to use to maintain your presence and to measure results. Visit Linky Merwe’s Consulting for basic internet marketing and social media tools expanding your business online.
  3. Mail Marketing as a Service (MMaaS) is about outsourcing your email marketing to attract your ideal clients/customers, to retain them and making them your brand evangelists.

Please use the Contact Us form if you require the Consulting Services of Virtual Project Consulting. A service proposal will be created based on your specific needs.

Make projects work for you:

Linky van der Merwe

Linky van der Merwe Founder of Virtual Project Consulting & Business Owner

  • to achieve objectives
  • to make changes
  • to service your clients and maximize profit
  • to develop new products or services
  • to make your business more visible on the internet and easier to find online
  • to establish a presence on social media platforms and using tools to integrate them all
  • to have a presence on the mobile internet, by having your own mobile website

FOUNDER, Linky van der Merwe

Experienced Certified Project Management Consultant. As the owner of two businesses, wife and mother of three, Linky’s story is one of a passion for delivery and striving to reach your full potential.

With 11 years Project Management experience and having a track record of more than 30 successful projects, Linky has a flair and passion for delivery through projects. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) which is a certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). She is an active member of the Project Management Institute of South Africa (PMSA).

After completing a BA Psychology degree at the University of Stellenbosch, and a Diploma in Computer Commerce in 1993, she gained valuable Information Technology experience while working in IT positions in the United Kingdom for 2 years. Back in South Africa she worked at a big Life Insurance Company as a Server Engineer (MCSE) and became involved with IT projects. Since 2000 she worked as a professional project manager (PMP) for a global IT Outsource Company, T-Systems, one year in the Tele-Communications industry at Vodacom, a subsidiary of Vodafone and 3 years as a Project Management Consultant for Microsoft Consulting Services, where she still is.

As the founder of Virtual Project Consulting, Linky provides unique project tool kits for self-help project management, mobile marketing and social media solutions. She also blogs about project management, leadership, change management and social media tools and best practices.

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Linky believes that any person with the aptitude for business and a positive attitude, can be equipped with the required skills to help themselves do social media or other marketing projects.

She has a philosophy of lifelong learning in order to reach your full potential that God intended for you.