I have been an Information Services staff member since 2000 and have held several positions in the library since then. I have been working in the Office of the CIO since 2010 and am charged with making IS projects and processes more transparent to the College community. This involves streamlining communications efforts as well as initiating the use of project management methodologies. I’m a librarian by training, and recently completed a year-long certificate program in Project Management at Penn State.
I believe that good planning gives us the freedom to be flexible and adaptable, that good documentation saves us time, and that good communication is a necessity for successful projects. I’m excited to work with Janet and our IS colleagues to build a toolkit for managing projects that will help take some of the guesswork out of getting organized and getting to work.
I am currently co-project managing a portfolio of 10 projects for the BiCo ( Bryn Mawr and Haverford) as well as serving as Director of Computing Services. I got my project management training during a year-long certification process at Amdahl Corporation about 20 years ago. After that I managed the project management department at InterMedia Interactive, a software start-up. In 1999 I came on board at Bryn Mawr to lead the technical team as part of the original PeopleSoft project. I also coordinated the leadership team that managed the four sub-projects of the ISIR (Infrastructure Upgrade) project in 2008.
My philosophy is that successful project management is both more complicated and more adaptable than traditional project management would lead us to believe. I'm excited to work with Melissa and our IS colleagues to co-create a framework and a language around project management that will allow us to do the 'regular' parts of projects with less effort and less stress so we can apply our energies to more innovative purposes.