Strategic Project and Portfolio Management Leader

Highly adaptable project and portfolio management leader with a solid history of aligning business strategy and project execution; and demonstrated experience managing agile and waterfall projects and delivery teams in complex technology environments. Accustomed to the rigors of fast-paced environments requiring strategic project leadership, outstanding analysis and problem-solving skills, and a commitment to on-time, on-budget project execution.

Areas of Expertise

  • Project & Portfolio Management
  • PMO Capability Development
  • Resource Management
  • Product Development
  • Complex Project Scheduling
  • Vendor & Subcontractor Management
  • Performance Measurement & Improvement
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Risk Identification & Mitigation
  • Lean & Agile Methodologies

Technical Proficiencies

Programming:

SharePoint and Project Server application development, SQL Server Reporting Services, MS Business Intelligence Studio, Power BI, MS Visual Studio, Android Studio, Eclipse, Java, Android, mobile application development

Software:

Microsoft Project Server, Microsoft Project Professional, CA Clarity PPM, Compuware Changepoint, VersionOne, Jira, Primavera P6, SharePoint Enterprise, Adobe Suite (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Premier Pro, Illustrator, Muse), MS-Office

Methodologies:

PMI, SDLC, CMMI, Lean, Agile Project Management, Scrum, Extreme Programming, Kanban, Waterfall, ITIL

Key Projects and Consulting Engagements

Project and Portfolio Management Consultant, June 2015 to present
Think Project Solutions, Raleigh, NC

  • Led the expansion of resource management capabilities to give managers actionable data on resource demand and capacity, enabling greater project throughput, realistic project staffing, and more project completions.
  • Envisioned and implemented a lean demand intake and portfolio simulation solution resulting in reduced work-in-progress projects and increased overall portfolio value.
  • Oversaw PMO effort to improve project scheduling and tracking accuracy, resulting in improved resource utilization, project forecasting capabilities, and portfolio insight in a Microsoft Project Server environment.
  • Partnered with clients to achieve their business objectives by advising them on strategic planning, portfolio management, agile project management and project turnarounds, PMO capability development, resource management, MS Project Server implementation, and software development.

Senior Project Manager, 2014-2015
ImageSoft, Southfield, MI

  • Successfully developed and executed an implementation roadmap to increase visibility and data accuracy within the project portfolio to improve project management maturity.
  • Maximized organizational capacity through the implementation of a skills-based resource matrix and resource management program, additionally allowing for uncovering and addressing gaps between skills and demand.
  • Client-facing project manager for an ECM solution consultancy; responsible for building relationships with local government and corporate clients, while managing remote development teams during multiple, concurrent agile and waterfall projects.
  • Delivered a workflow solution to automate the compliance and collection activities associated with a government agency, resulting in significantly increased collection capabilities and a project payback period of less than 1 year.
  • Delivered business process management solution for a government client to streamline public records requests, travel reimbursements, HR management functions, and financial operations.

Portfolio Manager, 2014
MetLife, Cary, NC

  • Managed the selection, prioritization, and governance of the Engineering project portfolio, encompassing 400 projects with $250,000,000 in capital spend and more than $60,000,000 in labor spend.
  • Collaborated cross-functionally with department leads to manage enterprise infrastructure and architecture initiatives, and facilitated annual planning efforts and the portfolio management lifecycle.

Project Portfolio Manager, 2012-2013
BB&T, Raleigh, NC

  • Led initiatives to deliver portfolio and project process maturity improvements with the objective of executing the right projects, at the right time, with the right people.
  • Modeled and piloted a project portfolio management solution representing a budget of over $130,000,000 annually, which included demand intake, scoring, prioritization, analysis, and reporting.
  • Matured the schedule management practice and mentored colleagues on scheduling techniques and best practices, resulting in schedules that were used for what-if analysis, forecasting, and earned value measurement.

Senior IT Project Manager, 2012
Progress Energy, Cary, NC

  • Led mobile development project to integrate external software products with a tablet application to enable technicians to conduct energy efficiency checks in the field.
  • Led a successful upgrade and remediation project for the Carolinas Outage Management System, a business-critical software application. Project re-planning effort resulted in 15 percent cost reduction and 25 percent schedule compression.
  • Delivered an emergency physical access system improvement to be used for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Force-on-Force drill.

Enterprise Project Manager, 2009-2012
NC Department of Revenue, Raleigh, NC

  • Managed a 30-person onsite and remote project team of employees, contractors, and vendors to decommission a software/hardware solution and replace it with a SaaS solution used to process over 25,000 high-dollar tax transactions per month, at a savings of more than $350,000 annually.
  • Served as deputy project manager to execute a multi-year, $79,000,000 tax system replacement project. Early project wins resulted in collections increases totaling more than $10,000,000 annually.

Product Manager and Principal Engineer, 2006-2009
Swirl Mobile, Raleigh, NC

  • Managed the product roadmap of the flagship application and led a team of mobile developers in delivering a leading-edge mobile experience.
  • Coordinated efforts of direct and matrixed technical and non-technical teams in geographically-dispersed offices.

Project Management & Solution Delivery / Senior Programmer Analyst, 2001-2006
Computer Sciences Corporation, Research Triangle Park, NC

  • Led a cross-functional, virtual work team to successfully deploy a 10,000-person divisional portal. Business transformation efforts resulted in double the average company utilization.
  • Spearheaded the effort to produce a workflow application used to control baseline procedure sets and assist teams with managing projects, eliminating the need for over 40 procedure repositories and costly multi-week training sessions for project managers.
  • Managed a team of application developers to deliver project solutions used to facilitate contract execution and meet strategic contract objectives.

Additional Experience

  • Requirements and Product Design Analyst, Mobius Group, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Special Services Specialist, Charles Schwab & Co., Orlando, FL
  • Financial Consultant, Smith Barney, Pittsburgh, PA

Education and Training

Coursework towards Masters of Science in Information Technology, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA

  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), 2016
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP), 2013
  • Project Management Professional (PMP), 2003
  • Microsoft Specialist: Microsoft Project 2013; Microsoft Project Server 2013
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Microsoft Project/Server 2007, 2010
  • ITIL v2011 Service Management, 2013
  • Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP), Web Component Developer (SCWCD), and Mobile Application Developer (SCMAD), 2002-2006
  • Certified Lotus Notes Application Developer (CLP), 2003
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP), 2000 (expired)