Episodes
Published 08/25/23
In this episode, Aaron Murphy discusses leadership skills with guest Pat D'Amico, a leadership expert and CEO of About-Face Development. Pat's military background informs his insights on leadership. He talks about how important it is for leaders to deal with their own stress, become more self-aware, and learn how to coach. They also talk about how important mentorship is, what the most common reasons are for people to quit their jobs, and why leaders need to keep learning. The conversation...
Published 08/25/23
In this episode, Brian Jackson, Director of Project Management and Third Party Governance at Centennial Bank, shares his 47-year journey in the banking industry, witnessing the incredible transformation from manual operations to today's digital marvels. He discusses the importance of contractual compliance in the banking sector and how Centennial Bank adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling remote work. They explore the impact of digital transformation on modern banks, including real-time...
Published 07/28/23
In this episode of the Project Management Paradise podcast, Aaron Murphy interviews Dr. Barry Devereux, an expert in artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics. Dr. Devereux discusses his background in cognitive science and his research on natural language processing. He explains that AI has become a hot topic due to the development of chatbots like ChatGPT, which are intuitive and easy to use. Deep learning, a type of machine learning that uses neural network models, has greatly...
Published 06/30/23
Today, we are talking with Jessica Rivard, a senior business analyst at Cora Systems, and previously she worked at Fincantieri Marine Group, where she spent over 15 years working in the defense sector in a range of roles, including senior corporate applications manager and both as a business and systems analyst. We discuss the increasing concern over cybersecurity threats from actors like China and North Korea, the importance of competitiveness and innovation in the defense space, and the...
Published 05/26/23
Today, we are talking with LaRae Quy, an undercover counterintelligence agent for the FBI for 24 years, and now she’s an author. In this episode, we will discuss mental toughness and how it can be developed over time. We will also look at some examples of mental toughness. We will get to know LaRae’s thoughts on resilience and how to gain good values. Is it truly necessary to have a good understanding of oneself? This and more questions will be answered as we go along with the episode! ...
Published 04/28/23
In this episode, we speak with Patti Viri-Cruz, the Director of PT Portfolio, Design, and Construction at Genentech. Patti is a project management professional who has built processes and programs from the ground up, putting the business's needs first. In this episode, we'll talk about diversity and how it's important for running a group or team. How does Patti get the most out of what each team member's strength? Is it through inspiration? We'll also find out what is project management's...
Published 03/24/23
The Project Foundry, founded by Declan Ryan, helps business and technology leaders deliver business-driven technology change and realize value by bridging strategy and execution. He is also the CEO and today, he is our guest for this episode. Today, we are going to talk to him about the ways in which the company makes its clients’ lives better. Was Declan surprised by how companies managed their strategies? Did he notice a recurring set of fears? What impact do certain issues have on...
Published 02/24/23
Josh Lee is the co-founder of Rev Technologies, a company that specializes in SAP implementation and technology strategy for heavy manufacturing and project-centric firms. In this episode, we discuss the major trends affecting the aerospace and defense industries, as well as how these trends impact the line of business. In addition, we will find out whether or not the industry will experience the impending shifts that we have been speculating about. What kinds of issues could come up in the...
Published 01/20/23
Ron Schmelzer and Kathleen Walch are the managing partners of Cognilytica, an AI research and advisory firm. Ron is also a judge for the South by Southwest Innovation Awards and started and runs the Tech Breakfast. Kathleen is a serial entrepreneur, an expert in AI and machine learning, a savvy marketer, and a tech industry connector. The birth of Cognilytica is when they both realized that the world is taking a huge leap in technology as AI is becoming more popular. The drive for them to...
Published 11/30/22
Jeff Hopkins is Honeywell's global program management office leader and is responsible for their end-to-end project solutions processes. He also serves as the program management office leader for Honeywell Integrated. Prior to joining Honeywell, Jeff held R&D roles at Procter & Gamble Company across multiple regions and business segments. He is the industry leader in enterprise-wide digitally enabled work process transformation. In this episode, Jeff Hopkins is going to discuss: “5...
Published 11/11/22
Joe Stalder has over 10 years of experience managing drug development projects in a variety of company sizes and cultures, including Pfizer, Roche, and AstraZeneca. Joe is a regular speaker at biopharma project and portfolio management conferences and he’s the author of an upcoming book on managing drug development projects. In this episode, Joe Stalder is going to discuss: “Keys to Effective Project Prioritization in Biopharma”. Learn the keys to effective “project prioritization in...
Published 10/24/22
Dr. Alexia Nalewaik has over 25 years of experience in audit, estimating, and cost/risk management. She is a Fellow of the RICS, AACE International, the Guild of Project Controls, and ICEC. Alexia is a member of the Governing Council for the RICS, representing the US Market Seat. She is also a Past President of AACE International, and Past Chair of the International Cost Engineering Council. She has published two books, on performance audit and reporting. In this episode, Dr Alexia Nalewaik...
Published 09/23/22
This is Project Management Paradise episode 145. Kris Sprague is the Head of Program and Project Planning at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. He is an executive-level professional with extensive experience building and leading project management organizations and PMOs that assist business leaders in achieving their strategy. In 2021, he was recognized by the PMO Global Alliance (PMOGA) as one of the Top 4 PMO Leaders in the Americas and one of the world’s top sixteen. Kris has over a dozen...
Published 09/02/22
This is Project Management Paradise episode 144. Michael Calkins is Senior VP of Professional Services at Cora Systems. Michael has over 30 years of consulting experience in the public and private sectors. He has previously worked with global brands such as NetSuite, Teracore, IBM, and Dell. In this episode, Michael is going to discuss: “Is Your Manager Causing You To Leave?” Show Notes Connect with Michael on LinkedIn here Bonus Access a complimentary guidebook, Empowering Strategy...
Published 07/29/22
Sachin Raje is Director, Strategy Realization Office, MRL Global Medical and Scientific Affairs at Merck. He is an expert in mentoring on Project Management, complex program management, setting up PMOs, and establishing and managing Strategy Realization Offices. He has deep sector-wide experience, with a solid record of delivering value to a number of companies in the Life Sciences, Financial Services, Insurance, Retail, and Manufacturing industries. In this episode, Sachin Raje discusses:...
Published 06/24/22
Lou Adler is “The Sherlock Holmes of Recruitment”, CEO, and founder of The Adler Group, a consulting and training firm that uses his performance-based hiring℠ system for finding and hiring exceptional talent.  Lou has over 1.4 million followers on Linkedin. His articles and research have also been featured in Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, Bloomberg, SHRM, and The Wall Street Journal. Lou is the author of ‘The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired’ and the Amazon top-10...
Published 05/27/22
Nills Vinje is a Leadership Coach, 3X Top 25 Customer Success Influencer, Speaker and Consultant. He is the only certified coach in the field of customer service who is exclusively focused on the growth and development of CS professionals and the author of the best-selling book the 30-Day Leadership Playbook. In this episode, Nils Vinje is going to discuss: “How To Create A High-Performing Team”. Show Notes Connect with Nils on LinkedIn *Bonus* Learn about best-practice OKRs by...
Published 04/22/22
Norbert Leinfellner is Head of PMO at Element Science, a medical devices company in the Bay Area, California, and a regular speaker at industry conferences. Norbert worked previously in senior program management roles with companies like Siemens, Carl Zeiss Meditec, and Fresenius Medical Care. He has particular expertise in program management, global organizational planning, cross-functional relationship management, sustaining and value engineering, and all phases of product development in...
Published 03/25/22
Paul Wilkinson is a leading authority on the use of construction collaboration technology platforms. He has been working in construction industry marketing and public relations since 1987, with some of the sector’s best-known names in professional services and information technology. Paul is a regular speaker at academic institutions and industry events. As an author, he has written numerous articles, book chapters, and a book about construction collaboration technologies.   Show Notes ...
Published 02/18/22
This is Project Management Paradise episode 138. Gerry Galvin spent more than 20 years in Ireland’s Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, responsible for technical oversight to support the development and implementation of policies, strategies and the investment program for the water sector in the country. Gerry joined Irish Water, the national water utility, on its establishment in 2013, in the role of Chief Technical Officer where he served for seven years. Gerry now...
Published 01/21/22
This week, we have a bonus episode, singling out some insights from the best of our guests over 2021. Highlights include disaster planning in a post-pandemic world; managing bullies in the workplace; and decoding the DNA of strategy execution in project management. *Bonus* Is the PMO still the right fit for your organization? Download "How to move from PMO to SRO" at corasystems.com/pmotosro and learn the benefits of establishing a Strategy Realization Office Like what you heard? We...
Published 12/10/21
Janet Fouts is the author of seven books, including “When Life Hits the Fan – A Guide to Self-care While Caring for Others” and the host of the “Mindful Social” where she interviews thought-leaders. She has also spoken at conferences around the world, including at TEDx, and in this interview, she outlines how to understand and manage the challenges of remote leadership” Show Notes Visit Janet's website at https://janetfouts.com/ Connect with Janet on LinkedIn Follow Janet on twitter ...
Published 11/12/21
It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Tim Creasey. Tim is an author, researcher, and change expert who focuses on the people side of change with all its nuances. His background in economics and his role as Chief Innovation Officer at Prosci gives him insight into change management challenges, trends, and futures. Show Notes Learn more about Prosci Connect with Tim Creasy on LinkedIn Follow Tim Creasy on Twitter  *Bonus* Is the PMO still the right fit for your organization? Download "How...
Published 10/15/21
Today it’s our pleasure to introduce you to Phyllis Quinlan. Phyllis is the founder of MFW Consultants. She trains healthcare organizations and their staff on how to create healthy work environments during COVID and beyond. She wears many hats, which include her role as a speaker at conferences and as the author of three books. Phyllis is also a legal nurse consultant. Her latest book is entitled “Bringing Shadow Behaviour Into the Light of Day: Understanding and Effectively Managing...
Published 09/17/21