Helping engineers and managers develop and deploy routines to consistently produce high-quality deliverables so they can reduce headaches and increase profits.

The quality of your work is a key for your professional success!

The company has just won a new and exciting project. The company has just won a new and exciting project.  With a fresh budget and an enthusiastic team, he organized a kickoff meeting, talking through the expectations and goals for this high-dollar project. 

Months into the project and it is still evolving as comments are addressed.   George’s team of highly qualified staff pursue the next deadline.  With each deadline comes a rush to finish on time and not overrun the budget. George knows that rushing the project may lead to mistakes that will affect the project’s success. Exhausted, he still lays awake at night worried about the deadline.

As George’s supervisor begins a check of the team’s work, he immediately identifies a careless, yet significant, error.  An unnoticed error early in the project must be fixed. Devastated and concerned with what else might be found, George returns to the team with the news and they start working on a fix.

Where did they go wrong? The team is made up of well-qualified and experienced staff members.  George has stayed on top of the project’s progress and they are on track with the budget.  Yet an unnoticed error is causing their demise.  

Unfortunately, this scenario plays out time and time again at companies around the world.  Meeting the deadline at all costs, no matter how unrealistic, is the emphasis.  Failing to meet deadlines jeopardizes a company’s reputation and project success.  Producing work with errors does the same thing.  Being a successful project manager requires you to overcome the challenge of leading the work but also working with conflicting personalities, meeting project expectations, staying on budget, and often doing this all simultaneously on several projects! 

Quality management starts before the project starts with a well-organized and well-written proposal.  It continues from that point through completion.  Developing and deploying routines focused on improving the quality of the work produced throughout a project accomplishes two key things.  It builds a positive reputation for you, your team, and the company.  This opens the door for great professional success but more importantly, it leads to the individual’s satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.

The company has just won a new and exciting project. The company has just won a new and exciting project.  With a fresh budget and an enthusiastic team, he organized a kickoff meeting, talking through the expectations and goals for this high-dollar project. 

Months into the project and it is still evolving as comments are addressed.   George’s team of highly qualified staff pursue the next deadline.  With each deadline comes a rush to finish on time and not overrun the budget. George knows that rushing the project may lead to mistakes that will affect the project’s success. Exhausted, he still lays awake at night worried about the deadline.

As George’s supervisor begins a check of the team’s work, he immediately identifies a careless, yet significant, error.  An unnoticed error early in the project must be fixed. Devastated and concerned with what else might be found, George returns to the team with the news and they start working on a fix.

Where did they go wrong? The team is made up of well-qualified and experienced staff members.  George has stayed on top of the project’s progress and they are on track with the budget.  Yet an unnoticed error is causing their demise.  

Unfortunately, this scenario plays out time and time again at companies around the world.  Meeting the deadline at all costs, no matter how unrealistic, is the emphasis.  Failing to meet deadlines jeopardizes a company’s reputation and project success.  Producing work with errors does the same thing.  Being a successful project manager requires you to overcome the challenge of leading the work but also working with conflicting personalities, meeting project expectations, staying on budget, and often doing this all simultaneously on several projects! 

Quality management starts before the project starts with a well-organized and well-written proposal.  It continues from that point through completion.  Developing and deploying routines focused on improving the quality of the work produced throughout a project accomplishes two key things.  It builds a positive reputation for you, your team, and the company.  This opens the door for great professional success but more importantly, it leads to the individual’s satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.

Brian Wagner has spent more than 15 years managing engineering projects of all shapes and sizes.  Through this experience, he has developed several tactics for achieving professional success and personal satisfaction through an understanding that not all errors are created equally.  He will share his G.R.E.A.T. framework for consistent reviews of the work engineers prepare and also reveal how each of us is a Star.  Brian believes in providing each participant with tips and tools they can use immediately to improve their team’s work quality, morale, and productivity.

I want to help you succeed.  Let me be your guide so you can learn from my mistakes and stand out because of the quality of your work.

Brian Wagner, P.E. | Keynote Speaker & Consultant located in Central Maryland | https://brianwagner.co/

Brian Wagner, P.E.

When I was promoted to Project Engineer and then Project Manager the emphasis was on meeting deadlines and sending out more proposals.  Rarely was training based on improving the quality of the work, yet the quality of my work is what made me stand out among my peers.

Signature Speaking & Workshop Topics

Leading with Quality

Achieving Project Management Success through Quality Expectations and Enforcement

Project Managers are the pointy end of the sword when dealing with clients.  They are charged with a lot of responsibility and learning to work with an assortment of personalities and learning styles can be overwhelming, This can be especially true for new and aspiring leaders.  The pressures increase with the expectation to produce perfect deliverables.

Brian has spent more than 15 years managing engineering projects of all shapes and sizes.  Through this experience, he has developed several tactics for professional success and personal satisfaction.  He will share his G.R.E.A.T. framework for consistent reviews of work produced by your team.  He will also reveal how each of us is a Star, providing each participant with tips and tools they can use immediately to improve their team’s work quality, morale, and productivity.

This program includes access to an online vault full of bonus resources.  Take the Leader’s Quality Assessment, and use the 15-minute Plans and worksheets on quality management and leadership.

Focused on helping Project Managers improve how they implement and execute quality expectations on all of their projects.

Organizational Excellence

Supporting your team with an effective Quality Management Program

Your professional reputation as a business is directly linked to the quality of your firm’s work. People are at the heart of engineering designs and have a lot to offer beyond simply technical knowledge.  Learn to develop and deploy the G.R.E.A.T framework, Brian’s 5-part system to support your existing quality management program.

The topic is concentrated on technical improvements to the design processes, providing participants with a perspective on a framework they can immediately implement at their firm.  Whether you are looking to reinvent your current standards or merely shatter dysfunctional and unproductive routines, Brian will help you cultivate opportunities to leverage the unique experiences, knowledge, and perspectives of each person in your organization that can reduce headaches and increase profits.

This program includes access to an online vault full of bonus resources.  Take the Leader’s Quality Assessment, use the 15-minute Plans and Worksheets on quality management and leadership, and get access to outlines for tabletop exercises and team-building games.

Great for inspiring company leadership to take the quality of their firm’s work to the next level.  

TRAINING & COACHING

On-demand Training Academy

Lessons designed to help you develop and deploy your own custom routines for quality enforcement and standardization based on the G.R.E.A.T. framework for quality success.

Virtual Live Webinar

Get acquainted with the 5-part G.R.E.A.T. framework for quality work or facilitate a project debrief. Learn practical applications for ways you can improve the quality of your work while earning continuing education credit.*

1:1 Coaching

Do you feel like you need one-on-one help with your situation. Work with Brian to develop and deploy strategies that help you excel at leadership while reducing your stress and headaches.

Speaking Experience at:

An Quick Introduction to Brian Wagner

My passion is helping others and I want to help you by sharing my knowledge and experience with you.

As a licensed Professional Engineer, I have specialized in civil site design with extensive experience in land development design and construction.  My experience includes a progression from drafter to project engineer and manager through the responsibilities of a business owner.  

I have worked both for small business and large corporate engineering firms as well as a couple of stints in the public sector.  My diverse experience in these different scenarios prepared me for my career and my current role as a professional engineer.  

Live Events

We will always prefer to be in front of and to work with a live audience.  It is fun and engaging to interact with participants and see their reactions.

In the era of COVID-19, it is my policy to meet the expectations of you and your event including masking and proof of vaccination.  

Brian Wagner speaking on stage
Brian Wagner's virtual studio

Virtual Events

Throughout the pandemic, virtual events became quite common.  While we have seen a significant reduction in virtual events with the return to normalcy, we still see it as a valuable tool to entertain, engage, and inspire participants.

The Engineering Quality Control Podcast

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  1. Are your staff producing deliverables that consistently meet your expectations?
  2. Do you consistently earn repeat business from your clients?

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    “I appreciated the various acronyms in your presentation as they made your points easy to remember. Your story about firefighters was also very touching.”

    -Jared C., Director of Engineering-

    “Brian exemplifies the kind of leader you would want to work for or have speak to your organization. He is centered on helping others, carries himself with confident humility, is an expert in his field, and is committed to continual growth and development.”

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    “The Star Concept has been a game-changer in recognizing my own and other’s motivations.  It’s a simple system that makes the complex and often loaded topic of motivation fun and easy to approach.”

    -Jennie B., Business Performance Expert-

    “I was inspired after hearing Brian’s presentation.  He explained that great changes always start with an innovative idea, even if that idea may seem out of reach.  With his tools and ideas he provided, I feel like the sky is the limit.”

    -Erin W., Watershed & Sustainability Coordinator-

    “I wanted to say that I especially appreciated the anecdote about the failing dam and the innovations that you and your collaborators implemented. It seems like there are often very simple solutions, we just need to take a step back sometimes to see them!”

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