…testing with my client out of Wisconsin and what we were looking to achieve – WORKED. It was like we discovered a new element. We got published for our work and so very proud (and humbled) to have worked with such talented people through that entire experience.
Implementation PM – Life after my claim to fame with Partials
Since then I have continued to grow my career. I have worked in the software industry practicing Agile and SDLC. I have led User Group meetings and presented to large medical groups (and Doctors), which could be a daunting task. Presenting has never been a quandary or concern for me. Many who know me best would say I love the limelight. Public speaking can be unnerving, but for me only the first 20-30 seconds. After that, I am in the zone.
Selling the benefits and value – NOT price
In the early 2000’s, I worked at Fidelity Investments as an Inside Wholesaler where I really honed my sales acumen. My managers use to rebuke my efforts at selling them the most obscure funds. As part of our training whatever got picked out of a hat, you had to sell on the spot. “Now WHY would I buy a Floating Rate High Income Fund when inflation is at an all time low?” Or, “Are you trying to sell me junk bonds?” You had to have a tough skin. I have taken this with me – it’s gold.
Being a sales professional has helped with my project management endeavors, and my career ever since. Oftentimes you need to sell your idea or solutions to the broader team or different groups of project stakeholders, so I am thankful for my sales aptitude. In fact, understanding sales and what it entailed, led me into my first project management role. It’s a natural career progression if you ask me, because there is always a sales hand-off with a project manager prior to a new implementation. Having done the former, it was easier to lead as a PM.
As a Senior PM, I have managed complex projects and supervised hundreds of others on the “Art of Anticipation” and EQ or benefits of Emotional Intelligence (Very Important), so they can get to the next level of their PM journey. Thus, coaching services are a core offering for Bizzeebobber B2B (AKA “In the Trenches” Project Management and Implementation Solutions).
Industry experience is NOT what’s most important
There is still a lot left in the tank, which is why I created Bizzeebobber. I am going to provide YOU and your business with that same excellence I achieved in corporate America. I am not just a software or Healthcare PM. I have worked in a myriad of industries, but the Project Management recipe (Kick-off to Go-Live) is applicable to ALL companies, ALL industries; Especially when teaching EQ concepts (Versus IQ). However, I will teach tactical skills to PMs lacking a base level foundation. You need to be competent in both.
Proven PM Experience… “In the Trenches”
Below, I included a sampling of my favorite projects and success stories (for privacy and confidentiality, only sharing projects from 2+ years ago – but still within the past 10 years). And of course, happy to provide references. You should always ask about someone’s work before hiring them! My team and I are ready for YOUR project. Let’s discuss your requirements.
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Tenet Healthcare (Dallas, TX):
I was not a super experienced Implementation Project Manager when I got the nod for this project. The company and leadership had great confidence in me. That is why I am so proud of it – THC challenged me professionally and I proved I was ready for the most complex projects. I took over for a newly promoted Senior Project Manager (who was promoted to Team Manager). I jumped in HEAD first. Configured, Implemented and /or supported 20% of the Go-Lives for this publicly traded Hospital Network. They are 50+ facilities, or were at the time I was appointed as one of the lead PMs.
One of the largest challenges, East Cooper, was a newly built hospital and registration system going live on the SAME day of “our” Go-Live! Managing the technical effort and the LIVE period going off with just minor hiccups was a feather in the cap. Overall, I demonstrated creativity, “out of the box” thinking, and strong leadership skills. The Regional HIM Director wrote a dynamic Recommendation letter to my manager, which was awe-inspiring. She requested that I be the lead PM for future projects with Tenet Healthcare.
HCA Healthcare (Atlanta, GA):
Again, Hospital Network (Implemented software for an entire region) – but this particular example dealt with the 2nd busiest Burn Unit in the country (Joseph M Still Burn Center). I was the lead PM and responsible for all technical execution (Configuration and Software Loading of Hand Held devices) as well as co-responsibilities in managing the plan. This project was the gateway to nearly $1.5M additional dollars of business. Pressure? YES. But to help burn victims – I would have worked 24 hours a day.
I orchestrated the roll-out of all Hand Held devices with minimal disruption to the busy practice. This was such an accomplishment, because I had to grab the devices and set them up within 45 minutes – prior to the physician’s next session. My MacGyver moment. Extreme pressure. Mind you, I didn’t have a lot of wiggle room if something went wrong. It did. It’s THOSE times where your excellence as a PM is truly defined. I was able to work through the tight timeline and get the job done. This was just one component of the overall implementation. We implemented phase 1 in 7 weeks. Shaved average implementation time compared to similar projects by nearly 5 weeks. My work here got me kudos from the VP of Operations. Note: This was a special project. Most implementations were in the vicinity of 6 months to 1.5 years (I usually got the latter due to my reputation and experience).
Prevea Clinics (Green Bay, WI):
I let the cat out of the bag earlier, but this was the client where the pioneering work on partials was done. Really, my FIRST project within this start-up company. To do a process that has NEVER been done before. I got lucky being put in the situation, but certainly rose to the occasion. Speech recognition done differently. It was like being part of AOL (I can only assume) prior to the tech boom. Remember, modems and the archaic sounds? This project put me on the map. To this day, it’s still talked about. As the lead Implementation PM that managed the project, configuration, and all these technical elements (with a small team) I am like a proud papa.
For more information on former implementations and references, please contact me.
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