Richard Wood has been the publisher of CAI's Accelerating IT Success newsletter since its inception in 2011. He attended Cal Poly Pomona as a Marketing Major and has been working with Computer Aid since 2001. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.
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Indrani Roy is currently working as a Content Specialist for CAI Info India. She has knowledge in writing blogs, product descriptions, brand information, and coming up with new marketing concepts. Indrani has also transcribed, subtitled, edited, and proofread various Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries, etc., and performed audio fidelity checks. She started her career by articulating a knowledge base for an IT client, and, eventually, went on to create user manuals and generate content for a software dashboard. Writing being one of her passions, reading books is naturally her favorite pastime. When not lost in the world of letters, she is a foodie, movie buff, and a theater critic.
Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.
Priyanka Chakraborty is a content specialist, currently a part of CAI Info India. She holds diverse experience in content writing spanning domains like Information Technology, Digital Marketing, Social Media, Content Marketing, Nutrition, Health & Fitness, Photography, Website Design, Career Advancement, etc. In the past, she has worked with the leading job portal of India, Naukri.com, and then moved on to a UK-based online education company, Shaw Academy, before joining CAI India. A writer by day and a reader by night, she loves to explore her creative instincts further in art and painting.
Soumya Patil is working with CAI Info India as a ‘Content Specialist’. She has a degree in Civil Engineering from Vishweshwaraiah Technological University. She chose writing as a profession and has experience in Product Indexing, Product Data Enrichment, Copy Editing the product brochures, catalogues, manuals, and user guidelines. She is a travel enthusiast and passionate about reading books.
Bridget Groce joined CAI in 2013, and is the Support Lead / Technical Writer for USA Food Safety. She has about 20 years’ experience in technical writing, and has enjoyed writing for many different industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Technical Communication.
Bruce Harpham, PMP, is the editor of ProjectManagementHacks.com, a resource for growing IT project managers. Bruce's experience includes leading projects in the financial services industry and in higher education. Bruce received his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, Master of Arts (History) from the University of Western Ontario and Master of Information Studies degree from the University of Toronto. Outside of his professional pursuits, Bruce's interests include history, world travel, wine and science fiction. Bruce lives in Toronto, Canada. You can view Project Management Hacks at the button below.
Carl Pritchard, PMP, PMI-RMP, is a consultant, project manager, trainer, author, coach, dog owner, husband, father, black thumb gardener, wood chopper, keynote speaker and cook. He has written seven texts in project management, including Risk Management: Concepts & Guidance, and The Risk Management Memory Jogger. He welcomes your insights at email@example.com
Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including premises-based ERP solutions, like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise, and SaaS solutions, like Workday. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources (GPHR and SPHR) and in benefits administration (CEBS). In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management. You can view his blog at The Practicing IT Project Manager by clicking the button below.
Gary Cokins (Cornell University BS IE/OR, 1971; Northwestern University Kellogg MBA 1974) is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author in advanced cost management and enterprise performance and risk management (EPM/ERM) systems. He is the founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC, an advisory firm located in Cary, North Carolina. He began his career in industry with a Fortune 100 company in CFO and operations roles. He then worked 15 years in consulting with Deloitte, KPMG, and EDS (now part of HP). From 1997 until 2013 Gary was a Principal Consultant with SAS, a leading provider of enterprise performance management and business analytics and intelligence software. His two most recent books are Performance Management: Integrating Strategy Execution, Methodologies, Risk, and Analytics and Predictive Business Analytics. Mr. Cokins can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gus Lawson has helped federal government organizations develop their leadership and workforce, align their organizations, and implement change initiatives. He founded Lawson Advisors to help IT leaders build high-performing teams.
Harry Hall is a coach, speaker, teacher, and blogger in Macon, Georgia. He’s led projects and implemented PMOs for General Electric, IKON Office Solutions, and the Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. Harry received his B.S. and Masters from the University of Georgia. He has certifications as a project management professional (PMP), risk management professional (PMI-RMP), and has an associate in risk management (ARM-E). When Harry is not conducting project management workshops and helping project managers prepare for their PMP and PMI-RMP exams, he enjoys gardening, golf, guitar, and teaching others how to speak Southern. You can get Harry’s project management tips, tools, and techniques at The Project Risk Coach by clicking the little "house" button directly below.
John Chambers is the Principal at JCC Executive Partners, a consulting firm delivering IT business management analysis, guidance and leadership for CxOs and IT management teams. He is also creator and designer the Fast Track Enablement™ series of business management workshops. His experience also spans decades of senior management positions in Engineering and Customer Service at Summa Four, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Lockheed Martin. John holds a BS Computer Science from Boston College; a Master of Science Information Technology from Rivier College; and continued Doctoral Studies in International Business at Southern New Hampshire University.
Michel Dion is a CPA and PMP, living in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and 2 kids. He also has a certification in Internal Audit (CIA), Risk Management (CRMA) and Fraud (CFE). Michel has managed in his career many projects, including special initiatives and emergency projects. He is developing a website called Project-Aria, and is very active in the project management community on the web. The key areas of focus of Project-Aria are project management, leadership, productivity, mind and health, and career and training. He has loved technology since the moment he played on the TRS80 a while ago. Despite that, his two sons insist that they know more about technology than him.
Sometimes, he will comment on other subjects, as he likes fitness, travel, chess, photography, and music. He also has a goal of mastering four languages: English, French, Spanish and Swedish. Pay Michel a visit at Project-Aria by clicking the button below.
Nick Pisano has extensive experience in the software, project, business, and acquisition management fields, with over 30 years in both government and private industry. He is a retired “mustang” U.S. Navy Commander having served as a government contracting officer, contract negotiator, business manager, CIO, and program manager, aside from significant operational assignments aboard ship and overseas. He is internationally recognized as the developer and co-developer of several project management techniques and methodologies, including the integration of technical performance measurement and risk with earned value, and in the establishment of the concept of the integrated digital environment (IDE) to normalize proprietary data through the use of common data protocols.
Since his Navy career, Pisano has held senior positions in various high tech project management companies. For the last several years, he has been President and CEO of SNA Software LLC, a project management software firm. Pisano holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland (Honors), an M.S. from Pepperdine University, an M.A. from the Combat Studies Institute of the Army Command and General Staff College (Honors), and is a graduate of the senior executive program of the Colgate-Darden School of Business of the University of Virginia. You can visit his blog, Life, Project Management, and Everything, by clicking the button below.
Ryan Ogilvie is a Service Management consultant in Calgary, Alberta with Blackfriar Consulting inc. While working with stakeholders to achieve their business outcomes is his main focus you can also catch his commentary on his blog – Service Management Journey. You can connect with him via the various links below.
Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With over 40 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, SAFe, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas. Al is a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer as well as a co-founder of the Lean Systems Society. Al has developed training and coaching methods for Lean-Agile that have helped Net Objectives' clients achieve long-term, sustainable productivity gains. He is a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide. He is the primary author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design, Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility and Essential Skills for the Agile Developer. Al has worked in literally dozens of industries over his career. He is a co-founder and board member for the Lean Systems Society. He has a Masters in Computer Science from M.I.T. as well as a Masters in Mathematics from Emory University.
Angela Wick, CBAP, PMP, PBA, ICP-ACC is Founder & CEO of BA-Squared, LLC a training and consulting company that helps transform organizations by modernizing requirements practices. BA-Squared works to modernize requirements in traditional and agile environments through innovative training, consulting and coaching. BA-Squared inspires collaboration, creativity and innovation. www.BA-Squared.com
Annabelle Smyth is a freelance writer who covers everything from HR to technology and leadership skills. She has most recently worked with the Center for Management Organization & Effectiveness (https://cmoe.com/). She enjoys learning more about how to make leaders & businesses successful and believes that spreading good ideas can make a difference in the world!
Apple Pineda has served a number of clients as a content marketing specialist for 3 years. She’s a wanderlust in the making, often seeking adventures to live life to the fullest. She’s a writer for avail.at, a company that specializes in digitizing rewards programs for your employees or customers.
Bill Dow, PMP, ITIL is a published author with more than 23 years in Information Technology, specializing in software development and project management. For 10 years Bill has built and operated large Project Management Offices (PMOs) in two Fortune 500 companies. Bill has written and published two books “Project Management Communications Bible” and "The Tactical Guide for Building a PMO". Bill has a strong passion for Project Management, Project Management Offices (PMOs), and Software Development Lifecycle Methodologies. Currently Bill works at the Microsoft Corporation where he leads and drives Project Management across the IT organization and is a part time instructor on project management program at Bellevue College, Bellevue WA.
Brian is Strategic Director of Penn State’s Center for Enterprise Architecture and is Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs in the Smeal College of Business. Dr. Cameron is also the Founding President of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO). His primary research and consulting interests include enterprise architecture value measurement, hybrid enterprise architecture framework development, enterprise integration, information management and storage, and the use of simulations and gaming in education. The main focus areas for his teaching efforts are on graduate and senior-level capstone enterprise architecture, enterprise integration, and information technology consulting & information architecture courses. Dr. Cameron has designed and taught executive education sessions for senior IT executives. Session topics include Strategic Alignment of IT & Business Strategies, Enterprise Architecture Value Measurement, Adaptive Enterprise Architecture, IT Governance, IT Portfolio Management, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and Business Process Management (BPM).
Mr. Byron Love is the Sr. Director, IT Programs and the program manager for the Enhanced Solutions for the IT Enterprise (E-SITE) contract vehicle at Intrepid Solutions and Services, Inc. He has over 31 years of experience in information technology, working in positions ranging from systems administrator, to applications and database developer, to project and program manager. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Communications and Information Systems Officer after 21 years of service on Active Duty and in the Reserves, rising through the enlisted and officer ranks to become a Major. Mr. Love has led projects and programs at over a dozen government organizations. Mr. Love led a four-year program to convert every Air Force dental clinic worldwide from film-based to digital dental processing, a historic program that impacts every Air Force member and their dependents. Mr. Love recently performed as Sr. Program Manager for the Department of State Vanguard 2.1 contract, a 270 person, $26 million a year contract for managing the DoS global IT Service Center and for providing desktop support for their 29,000 desktops in the Continental US. Mr. Love holds an MBA from Averett University, a BA in Computer Science from Thomas Edison State College, and two associate degrees as well. He holds Program Management Professional (PgMP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), CompTIA Project+, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation, and Toastmasters Competent Communicator certifications. Mr. Love is the author of IT Project Management: A Geek’s Guide to Leadership, published by CRC Press in August 2016.
Carlos Serra, MSc, PMP, APMP, Prince2 Practitioner has been managing projects, programs, and portfolios for over 17 years in multiple countries and industries. He is the author of Benefits Realization Management: Strategic Value from Portfolios, Programs and Projects. He has also designed and delivered project management lectures and presentations for MBA programs, conferences, and training courses; written articles; won academic and professional awards; and worked as a journal reviewer.
Dr. Christof Ebert is managing director at Vector Consulting Services. He supports clients around the world to improve product strategy and product development and to manage transformations, such as optimizing global IT organizations. Prior to that, he held global management positions for ten years with a global IT market leader. A trusted advisor for companies around the world and a member of several of industry boards, he lectures at the University of Stuttgart and at the Sorbonne in Paris. He authored several books including his most recent one entitled Global Software and IT published by Wiley. He received the IEEE distinguished visitor award. Contact him at email@example.com
Daniel Oneufer is an accomplished Information Technology professional with over 30 years of diverse experience including software development, production support, infrastructure analysis, system architecture, process analysis, project management, and policy development.
He is an experienced public safety and criminal justice consultant specializing in coordinating and affecting the exchange and sharing of data using standards-based approaches. Certified in the SEARCH Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM) tool and a member of the Federal InfraGard program
Dennis Bolles, PMP, President – DLB Associates, LLC, has over forty-five years of experience in multiple industries providing business and project management professional services. He assists organizations, as a Project Business Management Organization (PBMO) Subject Matter Expert (SME) consultant, to achieve their business strategic objectives with the analysis of their business process improvement needs and development of business and project management capabilities.
He has been a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) since 1985, received his PMP® certification in 1986 (#81), and is a founding member of the PMI Western Michigan Chapter, serving on its Board of Directors and in several positions since its 1993 inception.
Mr. Bolles performs speaking engagements, assists Project/Program/Portfolio Organizations (PMOs) start-up teams begin the planning and implementation processes; and conducts on-site organizational project management capability assessments. He provides virtual and periodic on-site support for development of business and project management methodologies, policies, procedures, processes. systems, tools, and templates for organizational governance and corporate strategy. He assists in the implementation of a project business management methodology that integrates strategic planning, business objective development, portfolio management, program management, and project management processes to achieve strategic objectives and maximize operational efficiency enterprise-wide through the development and management of Project Management Organizations.
Mr. Bolles served as the PMI Standards Project Manager who led the project core team to a successful completion and on-time delivery of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide Third Edition in 2004. He has served on and has contributed to multiple PMI Standards bodies over the past 20 years.
Hans Holmer is a Senior Cyber Strategist with over 25 years Government, Human Intelligence, & Private Industry experience. Mr. Holmer is the recipient of a host of awards for his work and contributions, including: CIA Intelligence Star, CIA Career Commendation Medal, 3 CIA Meritorius Unit Awards, 11 CIA Exceptional Performance Awards, Director of National Intelligence Meritorius Unit Award, National Intelligence Certificate, National Intelligence Award, and U.S. Army Commendation Medal.
Hans Holmer brings multi-cultural, multi-lingual IT (particularly cyber security) and human intelligence expertise to the mix of leadership skills that defines aQQolade. A successful strategist and planner, performing complex analyses and briefing at the highest levels and accomplished public speaker, Hans is a leader and developer of multi-disciplinary teams.
Jamal Moustafaev, MBA, PMP, president and founder of Thinktank Consulting, is an internationally acclaimed expert and speaker in the areas of project/portfolio management, scope definition, process improvement and corporate training. Jamal Moustafaev has done work for private-sector companies and government organizations in Canada, US, Asia, Europe and Middle East. Read Jamal’s Blog @ www.thinktankconsulting.ca
Joe Cooper is a project, program, and portfolio management consultant at Allegient, LLC in Indianapolis, IN USA. His passion is helping organizations to optimize the speed and reliability of their project delivery and turning this improvement into a strategic competitive advantage.
Joe has spoken at PMI Global Congress and at other PMI international events such as PMI Japan Forum and PMI Indonesia Symposium. He has also presented a Critical Chain workshop at the TOCICO international conference.
Joe earned his PMP in 2003 and is also certified by the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO) in critical chain project management.
Joe attended graduate school at Oklahoma State University studying Physics and conducting experimental research in medical applications of lasers (tissue coagulation). Joe earned BS degrees in Physics, Mathematics, and Professional Pilot Technology at Indiana State University.
Jutta Eckstein is an independent coach, consultant and trainer from Braunschweig, Germany. Her know-how in agile processes is based on over ten years experience in developing applications. She has helped many teams and organizations all over the world to make the transition to an agile approach. She has a unique experience in applying agile processes within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects. This is also the topic of her books 'Agile Software Development in the Large' and 'Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams'. She is a member of AgileAlliance and a member of the program committee of many different European and American conferences in the area of agile development, object-orientation and patterns.
Karen Smith, MBA, PMP is an accomplished marketing professional with demonstrated success in Fortune 250 companies and entrepreneurial organizations in technology, hospitality, travel, services, consulting, education and government. Karen has an acute ability to understand the marketplace and strike the right balance of initiatives that drive results using strategy, personas, product marketing/management, branding and project management. Karen holds an MBA from Baylor University, BBA from University of Texas at Arlington and PMP® certification. She is founder of Mind the Ps Marketing.
Kathy Martucci, PMP, has over 20 years of business analysis and project management experience in both the private and public sectors. Her clients include major healthcare firms, government entities and retirement systems. Ms. Martucci has been responsible for requirements gathering, tracking and tracing for small to large, highly complex systems. Her accomplishments include premiering thermal technology to print on-demand tickets for the NYS Thruway and directing five PeopleSoft implementations over the last twelve years.
Kristina is the managing principal of HRComputes, a management consulting firm that provides strategic guidance, program, and project management to corporate clients in order to maximize their human capital investment through technology and change management. Kristina leads the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Strategy practice for the firm and provides strategic guidance to senior management on the value proposition of sustainable initiatives.
Larry Tracy, author of The Shortcut to Persuasive Presentations, has been cited in several publications as one of the top presentation skills trainers/coaches in the country. He has spoken at numerous PMIWDC events. A retired Army colonel, he formerly headed the Pentagon’s top briefing team, responsible for daily intelligence briefings to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS). He was later detailed by the White House to the State Department to debate controversial foreign policy issues to hundreds of demanding, often hostile audiences, leading President Ronald Reagan to describe him as “an extraordinarily effective speaker.” He can be reached at Ltracy3936@aol.com.
Laura is the Founder of PMO Strategies, a management consulting firm specializing in creating effective and sustainable change for organizations with an appetite for success. She brings 20 years of change management experience implementing change for a broad range of organizations, from non-profits to large financial institutions.
For the last 10 years, she has served the PMI Montgomery County, Maryland Chapter, as a board member in the roles of VP, Certification and Education and VP, Finance. In 2014, she joined the board of the PMI Washington, DC chapter, serving as AVP, Educational Outreach.
Laura also sits on the board of Goodwill Industries of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc. in Baltimore, MD. Laura has a Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech, a Project Management Institute (PMI), PMP certification (10 years) and a Prosci Change Management Practitioner certification.
Mark Mullaly’s entire career has been dedicated to a relentless mission of helping his customers to effectively execute strategy and manage change. His purpose is to help organizations, teams and individuals to realize their highest potential by seeing a range of possible futures, not one predetermined outcome. Mark Mullaly is a well-respected facilitator, speaker, consultant and researcher – one of the foremost experts in organizational project management in North America. Recently Mark was co-lead investigator of the research project ‘Understanding The Value Of Project Management’ – sponsored in part by PMI, this was the largest research to date in the field of project management and has provided valuable insight into how project management delivers value to organizations.
Mark is a senior management consultant with over 25 years of experience in an wide range of industries, including information technology, communications, utilities, oil & gas, engineering, construction, finance, insurance, the arts and research & development. Mark works with private and public sector organizations, teams and individuals around the world to develop effective strategic plans, make effective strategic decisions and solve complex and uncertain problems.
Mark Mullaly is a regular columnist on projectmanagement.com, the leading project management portal. He is also a lead instructor and program developer of the PM certificate programs offered by Executive Education at the University of Alberta School of Business. He is past-president of the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Project Management Institute. Mark holds a Ph.D. from Bond University in Australia, where he explored the intersection of strategy, decision making and personal influences on how strategic investment decisions actually get made. His most recent book, Exercising Agency, was published in 2015.
Mike Hannan brings nearly 25 years’ experience as a Consulting Executive, IT Project Portfolio and Program Manager, Process Engineer, and Software Architect. His background in Project Portfolio Management started at NASA in the early 1990s supporting large, complex initiatives such as the International Space Station and High-Performance Computing & Communications (HPCC) programs. He has managed and consulted on $500M+ project portfolios, and trained CIOs and other senior executives in Federal Civilian, Military, and Commercial environments.
Mike is an active speaker at industry events, including local PMI chapter and community meetings, webinars, PM symposia, and in the Agile community. He is a leading innovator of disciplined ways to integrate Agile, Lean, Critical Chain, and other techniques to drive dramatic breakthroughs in the performance of IT Project Portfolios. He is also the lead author of the recent book, The CIO’s Guide to Breakthrough Project Portfolio Performance.
Mr. Hannan has been a PMP since 2005, and is a board member of the PMI Washington DC chapter, serving as the VP for Education Partnerships. He is also a Theory of Constraints Jonah, and has Masters degrees in Information Technology and International Affairs. On the personal side, Mike is a devoted father of 3 teenage boys, a national champion track & field athlete, and an amateur oenophile.
Naomi Caietti, PMP is managing editor of NaomiCaietti.com and has recently launched her own consulting company to provide global virtual services for clients that need a speaker, author or coach. Online Naomi contributes her knowledge as a virtual speaker, a guest blogger and an expert on the ProjectManagement.com community. She is also noted as one of the top influential project management professionals on twitter (pmot), a top contributor to #pmchat on twitter and contributing author to many project management articles, books, podcasts and more.
Nate Vickery is a business consultant and an online author mostly focused on latest technology solutions for startup and SMB management and marketing. Nate is also the executive editor at Bizzmarkblog.com.
Neil Potter has been working in software design, engineering and process management since 1985. In 1988 Neil was an SEPG manager in a TI software development group, spanning USA, India and England. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Essex in England and Six Sigma Greenbelt certification from the University of Michigan.
Nick has over 40 years of Global Project Engineering, Management, Consulting and Training experience in the Energy industry. As a Project Manager and Project Management Consultant/Advisor at Chevron until 2013, he supported projects worth well over $ 100 billion. Since retiring from Chevron, he continues to provide Consultation and Training to Project Professionals worldwide. His experience includes projects in Oil & Gas Development, Oil Sands, Liquefied Natural Gas, Refining, Petrochemicals and Mining.
Nick has a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical & Petroleum-Refining Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a registered Professional Chemical Engineer in the State of California.
As a contributing author on Profitability Analysis for the Engineer’s Cost Handbook, Nick has published and presented many papers at technical organizations. He is a recipient of industry award from Pathfinder for outstanding contribution to the advancement of Project Management Technology and Chevron Chairman’s award for implementing Value Engineering throughout the corporation.
Nick Pietrocarlo, PgMP, PMP, MBA is the Director Of Mentoring for the South Florida PMI Chapter. He is an avid networker and very active in his community. He is also proud to be called ‘Donut Nick’ at work as his Dad was all those years ago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norah has been timidly exploring the world of marketing for years, finally taking the plunge and becoming a small business owner herself. She is now devoted more than ever to the exploration of the latest trends, and has become quite addicted – she spends way too much time reading up on the latest social media crazes.
Pat O’Toole is the Principal Consultant at Process Assessment, Consulting & Training (PACT). He is one of the most active CMMI Institute certified SCAMPI high maturity lead appraisers, and has led appraisals spanning all maturity levels. Pat is a CMMI Institute Consultant. With over 30 years of software development, project management, and consulting experience, Pat works with all levels of management, EPGs, and Process Action Teams in establishing, evaluating, and sustaining their performance improvement initiatives. He is a popular instructor who supplements standard training material with a vast array of case studies and humorous examples.
Dr Prashanth Harish Southekal is the founder Director of Catyeus (www.catyeus.com) an IT strategy company based in Calgary, Canada. He brings over 20 years of Enterprise Architecture, Information Management, and IT Portfolio Project management (PPM) experience from companies such as Accenture, SAP AG and General Electric. He has published 2 books on Information Management and is a frequent speaker/writer at leading conferences, universities, magazines, and industry forums. Dr. Prashanth holds PhD in IT Portfolio Project Management, MS in Information Technology, BS in Mechanical Engineering, and numerous industry certifications. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Robin F. Goldsmith, JD is author of the Artech House book, "Discovering REAL Business Requirements for Software Project Success", and the REAL ROI™ and Proactive Testing™ methodologies. Robin is a subject expert for BABOK and SearchSoftwareQuality.com. A frequent featured speaker at leading conferences and President since 1982 of Needham, MA consultancy Go Pro Management, Inc., he is recognized internationally as a thought-leading authority working directly with and training business and systems professionals in requirements, quality assurance and testing, ROI, software acquisition and outsourcing, metrics, and project and process management and improvement.
Rouselle is a quirky mid-lifer who has a passionate love affair with books, both the paper and digital kinds. When not lounging in one corner reading, she can be found watching happy, sappy, gory, scary or funny stuff on TV or the internet.
Ruffin Veal III, founder and Principal of Ruffin Veal and Associates, Inc., is an information technology and management professional whose career spans over three decades of ever increasing experience and responsibility. He has been employed both full-time and as a consultant in multiple industries including manufacturing, banking, retail and government. He is a published author whose industry related articles can be seen in the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Virtual Library as well as in national and international publications. This has allowed him to become a well-respected resource of information and knowledge to his fellow management professionals. He is a highly regarded speaker/presenter/educator and continues to be active in the project management community as a volunteer and mentor. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and an M.S. degree in Project Management.
Satish P. Subramanian, a Principal at M Squared Consulting/ SolomonEdwards, is a seasoned strategy, operations, and organization change management leader with deep expertise in business transformation and strategic execution. He has spent 25+ years as a leadership consultant in management and technology for many premier health care, financial services, technology, and manufacturing companies. He has held executive level positions at Ernst & Young, Infosys, Point B, Cambridge Technology Partners, and Godrej. Satish is the author of the best-selling CRC Press book Transforming Business with Program Management. He is a Speaker and Executive Trainer. He is PgMP, PMP, and Prosci certified.
Soren Lyngso, MA (Econ) from Copenhagen University, PMP, General Manager, Author, Facilitator, and Coach has more than 30 years of experience from general, project, and program management and from implementation of complex business and IT solutions in different industries and countries.
Experience has been gathered from Danish and international projects spanning maintenance of oil production platforms, factory implementation in the pharmaceutical industry, container line system implementation, distribution of toys, cash card system implementation, defense facility management, and in private banking and asset management solution implementation.
Currently his main occupation is teaching and coaching project and program managers on all levels in Europe and the Middle East – the favorite subject being “Rapid Assessment and Recovery of Projects in Trouble”. He has published his quality model for strategically aligned solution implementation on his website, www.lyngso.lu.
Tomás is CEO & Founder of Origina, a leading provider of independent IBM software maintenance, and founding director of Free ICT Europe, the new voice for businesses who want to ensure choice and flexibility for their ICT assets.
Tony Salvaggio is CEO of Computer Aid, Inc., an international IT services and solutions firm. He is the founder of the IT Metrics & Productivity Institute, an organization devoted to continuous online learning for IT professionals, and also CAI Learning Academy, a philanthropic-based elementary school for at-risk inner city children.
Vanessa James is a business technology consultant and blogger. She enjoys reading about new technologies, especially while listening to The Rat Pack. She currently writes for Oracle monitoring solutions provider confio.com.
Vicki Wrona, PMP, is the founder and President of Forward Momentum, LLC, a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider (REP) and a woman-owned small business consulting and training company. She has over 20 years of leadership and project management experience, more than 15 years public speaking, and more than 15 years training and development experience. She has trained over seven thousand people, has mentored individuals and organizations and has authored white papers, blogs and eBooks. She was selected to serve on PMI’s committee to write and review the PMBOK® Guide 4th edition, and co-developed the program that won PMI’s Professional Development Product of the Year award and Perspectives Program of the Year award. Her passion is equipping individuals and organizations with practical knowledge and tools so that results – and bottom-line impact – are consistently achieved. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vladimir de Ramos has been in the IT industry for more than 22 years with focus on IT Management, Infrastructure Design and IT Security. Outside the field, he is a professional business and life coach, a teacher and a change manager.
He is a certified information security professional, a certified ethical hacker and forensics investigator and a certified information systems auditor.
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Charles T. Schaefer has over twenty-five years experience in the management, development, implementation, and operations of business operations and information technology in the financial services industry. Mr. Schaefer leads management consulting services, providing business planning services, process redesign, aligning information technology to business objectives as well as identifying opportunities to use information technology as a competitive resource. Mr. Schaefer employs business information planning methodology, and selected consulting services to improve organizational effectiveness, business and technical processes, and the effectiveness of information management resources. Mr. Schaefer was responsible for the software and system consulting business, providing solutions to major insurance companies. Mr. Schaefer helped develop WinRisk underwriting product from a business process perspective that is used by many major life insurance companies.
Joe Schofield is a sought international speaker, an active agile transition coach, and is widely published in an array of media. He is President Emeritus of the International Function Point Users Group. Joe retired from Sandia National Laboratories as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff after a 31-year career. During twelve of those years he served as the SEPG Chair for an organization of about 400 personnel that was awarded a SW-CMM® Level 3 in 2005. He continued as the migration lead to CMMI® Level 4 until his departure. Joe has facilitated over 100 teams in the areas of software specification, team building and organizational planning as a lean six sigma black belt while also employing business process reengineering. He is a Certified Agile Expert and Scrum Master, an active CMMI Institute-certified Instructor for the Introduction to the CMMI®, a Certified Software Quality Analyst, a Certified Function Point Specialist, and a Certified Software Measurement Specialist. Joe is a frequent presenter in software measurement forums, including the Software Best Practices Webinar Series. Joe has taught over 100 college courses since 1990, almost all of these at the graduate level. He was a licensed girl’s mid-school basketball coach for 21 seasons--the last five undefeated, over a span of 50 games. He has over 80 published books, papers, conference presentations and keynotes—including contributions to the books The IFPUG Guide to IT and Software Measurement (2012), IT Measurement, Certified Function Point Specialist Exam Guide, and The Economics of Software Quality. Joe completed his Master’s degree in MIS at the University of Arizona in 1980. By “others” he is known as a husband, father, and grandfather.