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Who We Are

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Performance Management Thought Leadership

Since its founding in March of 1999, Looking Glass Development has specialized in providing thought leadership in the field of performance management. This field includes the disciplines of agile development, project, program and portfolio management, analytics, and strategic leadership.

Our thought leadership is expressed our extensive training and consulting practices combined a significant number of original white papers, books, and articles.

Our History

  • LGd founded in San Francisco, CA.
  • Developed & deployed Denali System for credit decisioning.
  • LGd moves to Denver, Colorado.
  • 2,000th trained PMP candidate successfully passes test.
  • 5,000Th trained PMP candidate successfully passes test.
  • Flavor of the Month published
  • 10,000Th trained PMP candidate successfully passes test.
  • Agile training added to offering.
  • Practical Project Management published

Why Choose Us

Innovation, Experience, Expertise, Proven Reliability

Looking Glass Development's experienced professionals possess have the specific knowledge and experience to dramatically improve your organizations results and elevate your team. We have successfully delivered thousands of projects for our clients. We can do the same for you. Our knowledge of diverse methodologies and practices affords us the unique ability to recognize the best solution for almost any project situation. Whether you are looking for help with an Agile or traditional project we can help.

Let our skilled professionals support your vision today!

Our Staff

Martin VanDerSchouw

Martin VanDerSchouw, President & Chief Executive Officer

Overview

Martin is a strong and collaborative leader who helps executives realize business success by shrinking the gap of understanding between those who assign the work and those who do it. Build strategies that are grounded in business fundamentals so that Servant Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Agile Development, Balanced Scorecards, Strategic Development and other valuable approaches have a business framework that transforms them from isolated processes into tools consciously wielded by empowered teams and managers. 20+ years history of success in project, program and portfolio management, and executive leadership.

A History of Success

Martin VanDerSchouw, PMP, CSP, CSM, PSM currently serves as President & CEO of Looking Glass Development, LLC. In addition to his position as CEO, Mr. VanDerSchouw is also the author of the books Flavor of the Month, Practical Project Management — A Users Guide to Getting Things Done, Scrum for the Rest of Us, and the upcoming books PMOs That Deliver, and The Common Sense Leader. Martin and his work have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Investors’ Business Daily, Forbes Magazine, Interactive Week, Virtual Finance, PM Network, the LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News. He regularly makes more than 50 presentations per year to groups in the areas of executive leadership, strategy, performance management, and program / project management and is responsible for managing the relationships with LGd’s more than 70 partner outlets.


With 20+ years of experience as an executive and information technology professional, Martin has served as a Colorado State Commissioner governing all State IT projects, the External Relations and Volunteer Involvement Committee Chair and the Chair of Performance Oversight and Secretary Treasurer as a member of the Project Management Institute’s International Board of Directors, was PMI’s International Leader of the Year, was named to the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, is a member of the University of Kansas' multi-billion dollar Endowment Board, and served as a member of the prestigious President’s Business Advisory Council advising two U.S. Presidents.


Previously, Mr. VanDerSchouw served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the country’s 3rd largest interactive agency where he worked with firms such as Amazon.com, HotMail, Sun Microsystems, and ESPN.com. Prior to his CTO posting, Martin was an information technology executive with Wells Fargo & Company in San Francisco, California.

Our Guarantee

The team at Looking Glass Developmentbelieves it is critical that we stand firmly behind the products and services we offer. That is why we offer the LGd Guarantee on all of our training classes. If you take a course from Looking Glass Development and are not fully satisfied, for any reason, contact us immediately for a full refund and keep all the course materials. If you are a PMP® or CAPM® candidate and fail to pass either exam after taking one of our preparation courses and following our instructions. You may retake the exam preparation course at no cost or receive a full refund. No matter what the situation. Looking Glass Development guarantees your 100% satisfaction.

A PMI Registered Education Provider

Looking Glass Development is a Global Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). As a Global REP, LGd focuses on project management training that complies with PMI's internationally accepted standards for professional project management. Additionally, LGd has agreed to abide by all the standards and code of conduct expressed in the PMI REP agreement. Finally, LGd course participants may claim contact hours or Professional Development Units (PDUs).

Testimonials

TARA - Thanks for the great information that you shared over the past 3 days. I really got a LOT out of it. You do not get much greener than me when it comes to project management. I am looking forward to employing your tools on all my projects, not just our web development project.

TRACEY - I took classes from your company via New Horizons. In 3 years your class has helped me move from Analyst to Manager of Project Managers...

DUNCAN - Martin presented at a PMI dinner which I attended recently. As a senior project manager, I have never experienced such an insightful and motivating seminar. Not only was his excellent material very focused, Martin's message was delivered with exceptional impact and passion. Furthermore he was very successful in engaging the audience in active two-way discussions. It was certainly one of the best and most engaging three-hour seminars I've ever attended.

PAMELA - I am preparing another group of colleagues for the PMP Exam in the last half of this year. We have successfully used the Looking Glass Placemat for the last 4 years!!! It is the BEST!

RUSSELL - Prior to starting the class, I was concerned our teacher would not be familiar with the military and the processes that are unique to public sector/DoD and we would have to figure out a way to make his methods work in our environment. Martin is very knowledgeable about public sector and military processes as he has first-hand experience with both. I appreciated how Martin dedicated an entire day to the art of project management rather than the science. Coordinating projects with all players involved is the hardest part and Martin had very valuable information to share that helps deal with exactly that. Also, the processes he shared for getting a project moving fast from the very start are invaluable and will help us consolidate an effort that took months to accomplish into a week or less! Again, great class and I am looking forward to seeing what Martin has to offer for the PMP certification prep class!