PMforTODAY Contributing Authors
The Contributing Authors Program is a Cornerstone initiative for the PMforTODAY Community. Our Community will grow as our Contributing Authors grow. The Contributing Authors below, have all provided articles to be published on this site for the benefit of the greater Project Management Community of Practice
Hussain Bandukwala is the Chief PMO Coach and Adviser at Parwaaz Consulting (www.parwaazcc.com), which provides coaching, support and resources to facilitate the success of Project Management Office (PMO) leaders at high-growth small- and mid-sized organizations. He has led and facilitated the PMO setup at several companies and advised numerous PMO leaders through their PMO establishment.
Hussain has authored several PMO-focused publications, speaks regularly at Project Management Institute (PMI) events and holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from The College of Wooster in Ohio.
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Laura Barnard has spent more than 24 years helping business leaders in a broad range of organizations, from nonprofits to global financial institutions, get the results they crave. She combines her deep experience in the PMO and Change Management space with her passion for helping people get things done to transform how organizations realize business strategy. She shares her experience and stories in her blog titled, “I wish I had me when I was you... ™”
Laura runs several training and coaching programs that help organizations and individuals deliver high-impact outcomes on their projects and drive organizational change. Laura is best known as “the PMO lady” for her extensive experience in building and running PMOs that Get. It. Done. while developing a high-performing team of IMPACT Drivers that become an invaluable asset to any organization.
Laura believes that project managers are uniquely positioned to help organizations have a greater impact. She is the Founder and President of Project Management for Change, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise the profile of the project management profession by showing the value of project management across the globe as the most effective enabling resource for delivering sustainable change in the nonprofit sector. Their signature event, the Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS)®, brings together thousands of project managers with hundreds of nonprofit leaders to change the world, one project at a time.
Laura served on nonprofit boards for more than 12 years including multiple Project Management Institute (PMI) chapters, Virginia International University and Goodwill Industries. She continues to support the evolution of Project Management globally in her role as advisory board member for several global firms, as well as continuing to bring high-IMPACT content to project management focused conferences and training programs. Laura has a Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech, a Project Management Institute (PMI), PMP certification, and a Prosci Change Management Practitioner certification.
You can learn more about Laura at IMPACTbyLaura.com.
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Randy received his undergraduate degree in Business, Corporate Communication, and Applied Information Technology from the University of Baltimore, and his MS in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Johns Hopkins University. He also has five professional certifications: PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, SAFe, ITIL along with a certificate in Finance and Accounting from the University of Utah.
He’s worked as a business analyst, senior business analyst, IT project manager, IT program manager, and now as a senior IT project portfolio manager for a variety of organizations that include mom-and-pop companies as well as such household names as T. Rowe Price and The Washington Redskins.
Randy has a particular interest in the nexus of Agile and the Theory of Constraints, and consults on a limited basis with select clients through Epiphany Associates, LLC. Randy is the founder of the Projects and Systems Podcast
Projects and Systems Podcast - hosted by Randy Cox - CLICK HERE
Bill Dow, PMP is a recognized expert in Project Management by the Project Management Institute (PMI) for specifically developing and managing Project Management Offices (PMOs.) His extensive experience with Project Management and PMOs have enabled him to co-author several comprehensive books available through Amazon.com.
Bill has taught at the college level for more than 15 years in Washington State, British Columbia and Ontario, Canada, and has worked at Microsoft for more than 10 years. He has spoken at multiple Project Management Institute (PMI) conferences, breakfasts and events nationally.
"PMO Lifecycle: Building, Running, and Shutting Down," June 2017 (Amazon Link)
“Project Management Communications Tools,” May 2015 http://tinyurl.com/z5yt8mz Co-authored with Bruce Taylor
“The Tactical Guide for Building a PMO,” August 2012, http://tinyurl.com/z8y8bym
“Project Management Communications Bible,” June 2008 http://tinyurl.com/j2sn5bd Co-authored with Bruce Taylor
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Luis is a PMO Manager and a Project Management Professional with several years of experience in several industries such as Manufacturing, IT, Business Process Outsourcing and Education. He has worked in projects in many countries too: USA, Mexico, Canada, Italy and Switzerland among others. One of the things that Luis enjoys about Project Management is seeing how theory can be put in practice and how practice can become theory.
Helping others succeed in this profession is also something that he enjoys about Project Management.
Luis is passionate about PMO, Portfolio Management, Six Sigma and ITIL. He holds 3 internationally recognized certifications: PMP, ITILv3 and a Yellow Belt in Six Sigma.
He is always available to speak and learn about new trends in the industry. His goal is to become a worldwide recognized author in Project Management.
Nikola has been in the IT sector for almost 10 years. He started his career in HP Global Delivery Center back in 2007 and since then has been involved in many different roles: technical consultant, operational manager, transition manager and ITSM implementation consultant. During these years he has worked both domestically and in Western Europe.
Designing and improving processes is his passion. Working with the stakeholders to define all roles and responsibilities is where he finds most of the challenges. Proposing solutions and solving those challenges is his biggest reward.
He has started teaching ITIL® since the beginning of 2015 after successfully becoming an ITIL® Expert. Courses that he has successfully delivered are: ITIL® Foundation, ITIL® OSA, ITIL® RCV, ITIL® PPO, ITIL® SOA and ITIL® MALC.
As a consultant Nikola has gained also a lot of practical experience in Project Management. He used this experience to successfully acquire PRINCE2® Practitioner certification.
Articles by Nikola Gaydarov – CLICK HERE
Jeff is passionate about coaching others to become project management stars. His expertise spans across finance, healthcare, telecommunications and government industries. He is a graduate-level instructor in project management courses and leads educational seminars and writes articles concerning both delivery and management aspects of the profession.
Articles by Jeff Gurley – CLICK HERE
With 12 years of diverse project management experience, Chad brings a unique perspective to PMforToday.com. Whether it was at the start of his career as an ice cream store manager or more recently as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and ITIL leader in the telecommunications arena, Chad has always zeroed in on the kinds of changes that make a business function more effectively. Chad's formal background in process improvement complements his seasoned project repertoire. He's never found a team or process that couldn't improve in some area, and Chad is a firm believer that a healthy company culture is fundamental to any process improvement initiative.
PM for Today has helped me build my personal brand by enabling me to reach a larger audience that otherwise would not have known about my articles and by providing a centralized place for me to share my experiences and interests. My LinkedIn profile views have double since becoming a contributing author on PMforToday.com and I love being part of something larger than myself.
Articles by Chad Higgins - CLICK HERE
Sridhar has been associated with the IT industry for the past 20+ years with a prime focus in:
• Project and Portfolio Program Management: Expert at delivering large-scale projects within the allotted budget and period while mitigating risks in collaboration with teams of project, sustainment and service leaders, coordinators, and technicians
• Strategic Planning and Implementation: Adept at creating and implementing strategies to increase project agility, optimize operational efficiency, and substantially reduce cost
• Business Consulting: Equipped with the ability to provide professional consulting to various clients based on their needs• Customer Relationship Management: Effective at establishing and maintaining strong relationships with business and IT stakeholders, covering the entire commercial, risk, and opportunity development aspects of the services provided
• Interpersonal Coordination and Team Building: Efficient at serving as an escalation point for the customer, while working with service managers from outsourcing service lines based on SLAs and client expectations; as well as serving as vice president of memberships at ABPMP, Toronto Chapter and board member of IPMA Canada
• PMO: Instrumental in establishing PMO for Financial and Insurance clients to adapt PMO Process and procedures to the customer. As part of the PMO built a center of excellence to manage various PM & Portfolio standard and manage both onshore and offshore clients.
Articles by Sridhar Kethandapatti - CLICK HERE
Larry Lucero is a Technical Communications Specialist who works with engineers and other subject matter experts to explain highly specialized technical information to a diverse audience. In addition to his extensive writing and editing experience, Larry is a highly skilled Project Manager with over 20 years experience managing and delivering the toughest projects on time, with quality, and on budget.
After spending nearly several decades working in high-tech multi-million dollar corporations, Larry knows how to assimilate complex information quickly, and is very comfortable working with people from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds. He is also detail oriented, curious, persistent in solving problems, self-motivated, and able to understand complex material and explain any subject clearly.
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Arun is a dynamic transformational and business change leader with experience in running high profile technology projects in his organization. He has demonstrated skills in successfully delivering projects in unique ways by fostering innovation, continuous improvement and entrepreneurial mindset among the project team members.
He is also a Prince2 practitioner and a certified scrum master.
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Stan D. Prueitt
Stan D. Prueitt, a performance consultant in Process Improvement, Organizational Design, Human Design, and Project Management; holds motivational seminars, life coach workshops, Lean Six Sigma certifications, and performance seminars across the country. Stan draws upon his colorful past experiences and associations to blend simplicity, common sense, eternal principles, humor, energy, and wisdom into a strait forward approach to self and team improvement. His mentors and Martial Arts Masters have forged Stan into a wealth of experience and knowledge of which he freely shares. Students of his seminars leave with recharged spiritual batteries, focused purpose, energy for new opportunity, new understanding, and a tool set to become an effective change-agent in their own lives or organizations.
While currently leading enterprise integration and organization and process performance initiatives for the LDS Church Educational Department, Stan still finds time to consult to private and municipal organizations on the side. Previously he was not only a Director of Project Management at the Los Alamos National Laboratory but also one of the leaders in the Lean Six Sigma program. Stan led a team to restructure the organization to focus on process centricity, performance, enterprise project management, and to move the overall maturity of the organization from level 1 to level 5 of the enterprise maturity model.
As a true efficiency expert Stan wears many hats, he is a published author of 4 books, co-founder of two publicly traded renewable energy research firms, president of Thunder Ridge Wildlife Refuge, holder of one US patent and inventor of two classified weapons program inventions, adventure TV show host, Lean Six Sigma master black belt, Lean Six Sigma and Performance Management instructor, master instructor and holder of six black belts in the Martial Arts, owner of USLLC Tactical Marital Arts training center, professional off-road race driver, entrepreneur of two successful franchise chains, radio show host, project manager for research projects, motivational speaker, certified law enforcement officer, husband and loving father of five.
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Dr. Sriram Rajagopalan has more than 20 years of professional experience with exposure to multiple industries. He currently works as the Vice President of Training and Organizational Excellence at Aptus Health. Previously, he worked in the same capacity establishing the Proposition Delivery and Program Management Office. He also established a Project Office in West Notifications Group. He has delivered numerous projects for clients such as eFunds, Northwest Airlines, CVS Pharmacy, Prime Therapeutics, US Airways, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and several pharmaceutical firms, such as GSK, Novartis, AstraZeneca, Astellas, Depomed, and Boehringer-Ingelheim.
Sriram received the international prestigious Eric Jenett award on the Best of the Best Project Management Excellence award in Oct 2017 and was also a finalist for the Kerzner award for process excellence in 2012. He frequently blogs at agilesriram.blogspot.com, has published peer-reviewed scholarly international journals, articles at Scrum Alliance and PM Network on topics related to project management, agile transformation, and about the TONES© and PARAG© framework to middle management transformation through self-initiated postdoctoral work. He is also an active speaker speaking about these topics in professional conferences.
Sriram also holds several professional certifications (PgMP, PMP, PMI-CP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, CSM, CSPO, CSD, CSP, IT Project+, ACC, SCM, SCPO, SCD, SAMC, SCT, CSOXP and Six Sigma Green Belt). With extensive experience in strategic project and program delivery, he promotes the scholar practitioner approach teaching as Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University and University of Riverside. He is also an active volunteer at PMI Mass Bay having served in the capacities of Director of Speaker’s Bureau, Vice President of Marketing and Communication, and as a past-board member. He also volunteers at Agile Alliance conferences and is a mentor at NAAAP.
Sriram also engages actively in training project management and agile concepts including certification preparation through his own business, Agile Training Champions (www.agiletrainingchampions.com) and also in spreading project management as a discipline to younger children in schools and colleges through his initiative on Projecting Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT) initiative (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyS_iXEH4OY)/
He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Madras, India, Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University, Michigan, MBA degree in Management from Concordia University, Wisconsin, and a doctorate degree in Organization and Management from Capella University, Minnesota.
Over 20 years project management experience with a passion for helping organizations grow their PMO, their project managers, and their teams. My passion has taken me to the pursuit of a Doctor of Education, as I enjoy seeing the proverbial light bulb come on. I am a believer in continuous growth and improvement, and believe that an organizations culture and environment is what drives the growth of PMOs and all areas, and not the other way around.
Leonardo Reyes Torres
"Especialista en gestión de proyectos, servicios y procesos con +20 años de experiencia laboral principalmente como PMOfficer (Program/Project Manager), SMO (Service Manager) y Gestión de Procesos de Negocio para varias empresas en sector público y privado tales como centros de datos, automoción, transporte, banca, seguro, aviación entre otros.
Primer Certificado en España como PMO-CC (Project Management Office - Certified Consultant) de la PMO Global Alliance
También Certificado como: PMP, SCRUM PSM-I, ITIL Foundation, Cloud Computing Foundation, Cybersecurity Fundamentals, 6Sigma Yellow Belt
Miembro Activo: PMO Global Alliance, PMI & (Project Management Institute-Chapter BCN) "
"Project, service and process management specialist with +20 years of work experience mainly as PMOfficer (Program/Project Manager), SMO (Service Manager) & Business Process Management for several business companies in both private & public sectors such as datacenters, automotive, transportation, banking, insurance, aviation among others.
First PMO-CC (Project Management Office - Certified Consultant) in SPAIN of PMO Global Alliance
Also Certified as: PMP, SCRUM PSM-I, ITIL Foundation, Cloud Computing Foundation, Cybersecurity Fundamentals, 6Sigma Yellow Belt
Justin Scoville's unique adventures in project management have spanned international volunteer opportunities in Mexico and Israel, complex government grant programs, and more recently education technology implementations in the private sector. Proudly bearing the battle scars of initiatives both small and large, Justin enjoys exploring the frontiers of project management, particularly its intersection with process improvement methodologies, strategic planning, and product management.
Joining PMforTODAY.com as a contributing author has turbocharged my personal brand. Publishing articles on the site has easily doubled or tripled the amount of page views I would garner on my own, and those numbers are trending upward as the site continues to grow. As a PMforTODAY.com author, I've been able to tap into networking opportunities both internally at my company and externally with other professionals that I never would have had otherwise. For anyone looking to gain recognition for project management expertise and join an amazing community of PMs, joining PMforTODAY.com is a no brainer!
I am a world-class, versatile and dynamic leader who is an extremely successful Senior Program Manager with superior skills and have led every aspect of high technology programs, with over 40 years experience in many technical diversified fields.
When you think of someone who has all the leadership skills in one package I am the model for this and for getting the best of and motivating people. I have created product, program plans, market strategy, marketing roadmap and given major presentations to senior business executives, government officials, customers for developing new markets.
I am one of the fathers of GPS for vehicle navigation. I drove handheld consumer products to market on time and generated over $150 million first year and $350M second year with Magellan RoadMate GPS Vehicle Navigation Product and because of my dedication and diligence, the product made Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things List for 2004.
I am is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) for over twelve years. I am a highly accomplished book author, published articles and an authority on public speaking.
Adam Tidwell is the Senior Manager over the IT Project Management Office (PMO) for Western Governors University, an online competency based university based in Salt Lake City. He managers a team of Project Managers and Scrum Masters to plan and execute all IT projects for the university. He also manages the annual roadmap for the executive leadership team.
Adam has worked at Kyazma Business Consulting managing enterprise-wide Salesforce implementation projects. He also spent 11 years at eBay managing various cross departmental process improvement projects and establishing the first PMO for the North American Customer Support organization.
Adam currently teaches Project Management for the MBA program at the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and has served in various volunteer positions with the Northern Utah PMI Chapter, including two terms as President.
Adam has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is currently preparing to take the Portfolio Management Professional certification exam (PfMP).
I am a business-oriented IT Executive, Consultant, Program Manager and Business Architect, having served as CIO twice, Director three times, and Consultant (Big 4 and my own company). I love to work with business and IT professionals to understand and help enable their strategies, value streams, capabilities, processes, and needs. Then I help create and implement Strategic IT Plans, Global Program/Project/Product Roadmaps and Governance Processes, Business/Data/Application Architectures, Performance Metrics, Programs and Projects, and other transformational initiatives.
My wife, two grown "kids", and new granddaughter are my joys in life. I love the mountains: fishing, horseback riding, hiking, skiing, and camping.
Articles by Randy Weldon – CLICK HERE