Paul Dinsmore




Paul Campbell Dinsmore, PMI Fellow: 1941-2020

One of the world’s leading lights in project management gone at 79

30 September 2020 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Well known and popular international project management author, expert and PMI Fellow Paul Dinsmore has passed away at his home in Brazil where he has lived for many years. Paul was also an honorary global advisor for this journal.

According to a notice posted on LinkedIn on 22 September: “It is with the deepest regret and sadness that DC-DinsmoreCompass announces the passing of its Chairman, Paul Dinsmore, on the morning of September 21st, 2020. Paul Dinsmore has become a reference in Project Management in Brazil; he founded the PMI® Chapters both in Rio and São Paulo and created the “TEAL” (Outdoor Experiential Training), a project that he really appreciated. Paul is worldwide recognised and left us his mark of pioneering spirit, passion, excellence and inspiration. DC-DinsmoreCompass is truly sorry for the loss and would like to express to the family the deepest and most sincere condolences. DC members and employees feel privileged and honored to have Paul as founder, president and mentor. Here he left, for each of us, a legacy of kindness, inspiration and companionship.”

Below is the notice posted at the top of company’s website.

According to Sunil Prashara, President and CEO of the Project Management Institute (PMI), “I am saddened to share the passing of Paul C. Dinsmore, PMI Fellow, mentor, volunteer and founder of two PMI chapters in Brazil. Paul was a member of PMI’s community since 1977 and was a noted contributor to the advancement of project management theory and practice. He passed away on 21 September 2020. Paul spent much of his professional career giving back to the project management community by sharing knowledge through articles, books, presentations, and seminars. He saw parallels in life and project management and said, ‘Life can be seen as a project, because it is finite, unique, and can be compounded by phases.’ I have sent my condolences to his loved ones and know that his contributions to the profession and PMI will continue to impact project professionals for years to come. We will honor Paul on the In Memoriam webpage on PMI.org and will send flowers on behalf of PMI. Paul made a powerful impact on the project management profession and community, and he will surely be missed.

According to PMI’s Fellow Award tribute page:  Mr. Dinsmore joined PMI in 1977. A notable contributor to both project management theory and practice, his direct contributions to PMI include a variety of articles in PM Network® and in PMI Seminars & Symposia papers. He is author or co-author of 20 books, some of which have been published in Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. In 2007 Mr. Dinsmore received PMI’s David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award as a co-editor of the AMA Handbook of Project Management. In 1986, he received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award, and in 1994 he was named a PMI Fellow. Mr. Dinsmore was founder of two PMI Chapters in Brazil in the late 1990s (in São Paolo in 1998 and Rio de Janeiro in 1999). He also served on the board of the PMI Educational Foundation, as well as the Standards Committee. He acts as chairman of the board of DinsmoreCompass, a consulting and training company based in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.


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