Doug DeCarlo
The Different Drummer
Enabling Great People To Do Great Things

By Integrating

Self-Mastery, Team Leadership
Extreme Project Management®

brand project management

  • Motivational Keynotes
  • Action Learning Events
  • Executive Briefings
  • Advice & Counseling
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Team & Individual Coaching
  • Organizational Assessments & Performance Improvement


Doug’s Book

Check out the reviews this landmark book is getting on


Motivational Keynote Speeches

  • Extreme Project Management® brand project management
    How to Succeed in the Face of Volatility

  • Live with Purpose and Passion!
    How to Find & Keep Your Beat in Today's Project-Crazy Organizations...The 3 insights and 10 lessons

    Click on image for a demo of Doug in action.

  • Get Your Life Back Now:
    How to Transcend the Madness of Today's World

Action Learning events

Intact teams apply Extreme Project Management® brand project management in real-time to their new or existing project. Produces immediate and sustainable results.

Experiential Workshops are also available in traditional classroom training format.

  • Extreme Project Management® brand project management
    How to Stay in Control and Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility ... New rules for today’s most demanding projects
  • Project Management for the Rest of Us
    The Rapid Results Achievement Process for when project management is not your real profession

  • Team-Based Project Management
    A Lewis Institute Program

Executive Briefings
  • Succeeding on Ultra Demanding Projects
    How to Stay in Control in the Face of Volatility:
    The Best and Worst Practices by Senior Management

  • The Keys for being an Effective Project Sponsor


What They're Saying:

"You have set us free!"
Patricia (Lani) Glancy, Sr. Project Manager, AutoZone

“ Thanks for such a fabulous and inspiring presentation.”
Mukul Kumar, P.Eng., PMP, HydroOne Network Services

" Doug and his drums have a powerful and unique message about life and work that sets him apart."
Paule Clermont, Associate Director of Project Management, Pfizer Canada

" Doug delivers an inspiring message to managers that is uniquely practical and motivational at the same time."
Mike O'Malley, Global Program Dir., Schick Wilkinson Sword

" Doug's presentation style made the information he presented easy to apply to our daily work practices."
Tony DeRosa, V.P., Chase Manhattan Bank

“ Insightful. Funny. Thought-provoking.”
Marina Spence, Managing Partner, Omada Management Group

" Year after year, Doug demonstrates his unique ability to attract, inspire, educate and captivate an audience."
J. LeRoy Ward, Senior Vice President, ESI International

" Doug has a keen understanding of the key ingredient that drives all projects - people...and more importantly, he has mastered the art of convincing you that you can be great at it."
James B. Haggarty, Director, Client Services, Block Drug

" Doug's dynamic keynote and drums created a real buzz
around our entire conference."

David Barrett, President, Solutions Network

“ Doug’s concepts on Extreme Project Management® were the most valuable insight into project management I have experienced.”
Gary Boyle, Project Manager, Department of Defense

" Doug has a rare and refreshing approach that is uniquely suited for today's crazy world of continuous-change, high-velocity projects."
Omer Bakkalbasi, Director, Advanced Solutions Center-Cambridge, i2 Technologies

" His style and presentation make his knowledge so memorable that all who attend will be able to apply his dynamic approach on their projects the next day."
SpirtWest Management, Inc., Lorraine Rieger, President

" Doug's presentation provides a lively, entertaining, and informative -- yet wildly different -- perspective about managing project challenges."
Frank P. Saladis PMP, Global Project Management Advocacy Group, Professional Services, Cisco Systems Inc.

“ No more than one hour after the end of the workshop, I was putting Doug’s lessons into practice. Outstanding!”
Ray Santos, Project Manager, Bloomberg L.P.

" Over the years Doug's keynote presentations and educational seminars consistently draw the biggest crowds and highest overall ratings at our events."
Eric Welsh, Conference Manager Imark Communications

Clients have included:
Abbott, AON Consulting, AT&T, AXA (The Equitable), BASF Plant Sciences, Bureau of the Census, Cablevision, Chase Bank, Coca-Cola, City of Seattle, Con Edison, Diversified Business Communications, The Drug Information Association, Duke Energy, Emerald Solutions, Emory Healthcare, Fannie Mae, Fujisawa, George Washington University, General Mills, Hewlett Packard, IBM Conference Group, I2 Technologies, Imark Communications, Ingersoll-Dresser, Lifesavers, The Lewis Institute, Lexis-Nexis, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, MTV, Nabisco Biscuit Co., Ninsteil, North Carolina State University, Oracle, Philips Research, Pfizer, Planters, Project Management Institute, Prodevia Learning, (formerly, Prudential, TIAA-CREF, Schick-Wilkinson Sword, STS Systems, University of California/San Diego, University of Kentucky Medical Center, VasTech, Warner-Lambert, Western Management Development Ctr.

About Doug DeCarlo:

Immediate and Sustainable Results for Today's Extreme Projects

Doug works with clients who undertake projects in very demanding environments: those settings that feature high speed, high change, high unpredictability and high stress. Such extreme projects defy the rigor, rules, bureaucratic practices and linear approach of traditional project management.

Doug serves as consultant, facilitator, trainer, coach and keynote speaker and is a well-known columnist. His work has earned him international recognition as an expert in goal achievement. His grassroots approach for accelerating individual, project and organizational performance produces immediate and sustainable results for clients. He combines proven practices in plain-english project management, team leadership and self-mastery.

Doug is also a Senior Consultant on Agile Project Management for the Cutter Consortium where he was named consultant of the month.

For the last fifteen years -- from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Beijing, China -- Doug has lived in the trenches with over 250 project teams having budgets that ranged from $25,000 to over $25 million. Mission-critical initiatives were in the arenas of: information technology, financial services, e commerce, research and development, process reengineering, continuous improvement, sales generation, new product introductions and organizational change.

Doug's approach to goal achievement and self-mastery is featured as Chapter 7 in the groundbreaking book entitled The World Class Project Manager: A professional development guide.

Doug is the author of the landmark book, Extreme Project Management®: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility.

He is noted for his innovative, motivational and humorous keynote speeches in which he plays live percussion instruments to illustrate the dynamics of working in cross-functional teams.

Doug is a former advisory board member for ProjectWorld, an advisory board member and columnist for and has served on the Project Management Advisory Group of George Washington University. He is an active member of the Project Management Institute and The Drug Information Association.

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