Eric Newcomer is the Chief Architect for Citi’s Treasury and Trade Services. Before Citi, Eric was Chief Architect for the Investment Banking IT Division at Credit Suisse. Mr. Newcomer was the CTO at IONA Technologies, which specializes in Object Request Brokers. Mr. Newcomer was also a Consulting Engineer at Digital Equipment/Compaq Computer.
Bill Niemi is a professional IT advisor. For twenty-four years Mr. Niemi was a Technology Vice President of Fidelity Investments. During his time at Fidelity, Bill oversaw the a variety of system technical implementation for distributed systems, computer graphics, network protocols including decisions on operating systems, databases and middleware. Working at NBC News, Bill was a pioneer in computer graphics in reporting presidential campaigns. Bill is a graduate with a Masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute.
Pauline Nist is the general manager of software strategy at Intel Corporation. Her specialties include the management of hardware, firmware, operating system and database software product development, marketing, product management and support for systems, and management of customer and partner alliances. Prior to Intel, Mrs. Nist worked in senior executive technical, and marketing positions at HP, Tandem Computers, Digital Equipment, and Penguin Computing.
Eugen Oetringer is a Senior Analyst/Strategist for the most complex challenges. Confronted with high project failure rates in an IT environment of 100.000 employees, he did open analysis. It delivered new insights hiding behind the symptoms of failure. In turn, it delivered results where multiple attempts with popular solutions approaches had failed, from bridging an internal communication gap with 30.000 employees to daily emotional outbursts (ADHD) down to one in ten years.
Sam Opdenakker is a project manager. After a few years in consulting, he has been active in the banking & insurance industry for the last 10 years. Sam is a bridgebuilder between business and IT and has taken up several roles as analyst, team manager, and process and project manager. His specialisation is to harmonize these two worlds in order to realize maximum value creation out of his projects. He holds a master degree in "Commercial Engineering", several certifications and is currently involved in the two year program of "Executive Master in IT Management" at the Antwerp Management School.
The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management considers 40 brief lessons that these great men have bestowed upon us. It is the author’s opinion that the job of president of the United States requires a lot of the same strengths and characteristics needed by both project managers and executive sponsors. Most projects need both a strong, skilled executive sponsor and a project manager (or if an organization follows an agile methodology such as Scrum, then a Scrum master and product owner); and both positions can learn from our dead presidents.
Joseph Puthenpurackal (aka PC) has over 25 years of IT experience in the Banking and Financial Services domain across functions like Application Development, IT Infrastructure, Information Security, IT Services Management and Program / Project Management. He is currently based in Bangalore, India and leads the Technology Operations function at Wells Fargo EGS, where he is responsible for program governance and process excellence across all Technology verticals and helps Wells Fargo run IT as a business. Current real-life experiences in program delivery effectiveness, catalysed by insights from the Good Sponsor workshops form the genesis of these articles.
Jon M Quigley is the author of several books on project management and software development. Mr. Quigley is also a frequent speaker at industry events. Jon is a principal at Value Transformation LLC. Value Transformation is a product development training and cost improvement organization. He has more then twenty years of product development experience, ranging from embedded hardware and software through verification and project management.
Joseph Raynus provides industry consulting, mentoring and training for quality and process improvement initiatives, management of conflicting business objectives and development of measurement frameworks. Joseph is the author of several books including “Software Process Improvement with CMM. Raynus is an Adjunct Professor of Information Systems at Northeastern University College of Engineering, where he teaches courses in Information Systems.
David Saul is Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist at State Street Services. David also acted as State Street’s Chief Information Security Officer and other duties during his 20-year career at State Street including being on the PMO’s advisor committee. Prior to joining State Street David was a project manager at IBM’s Cambridge Scientific Center. David has a master’s from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.