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I have been managing IT and non-IT projects in Computing, Financial Services, Telecommunications, and Aerospace for over a decade. I have also been a team member on projects in both technical (as a database developer) and non-technical capacities, and I have been a project sponsor. I have worked on projects with a Waterfall approach, Scrum Agile, and various mash-ups including some elements of Critical Chain project management.
A major theme throughout my career is process improvement projects. My passion for processes has led me to lead many automation and organizational process initiatives. I initiated a sizeable chunk of these, as a sponsor or just a “concerned citizen” wanting to make things work better. That passion also makes me constantly evaluate my own project management processes and improve them on a continuous basis.
I was a professional trainer for several years before managing projects, and I love to teach. While working for Gateway computers I earned several internal technical training certifications and awards as a trainer before making the career switch to management and project management. My academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Project Management and I am PMP certified.
I love to write and speak about project management. My blog at http://pmstudent.com/ has the goal of helping new and aspiring project managers learn about project management and reach their career goals. You can find my publications and interviews on dozens of sites and print publications. I am an avid volunteer for several project management organizations including the PMI New Media Council, past Vice Chair of Special Projects for the Students of Project Management Specific Interest Group (PMI). I speak from time to time at both large conferences and local events on various project management topics.
I live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the United States with my wife and our three sons. Oh, and I am a science & technology geek too!