Bill Parris, USA

Bill Parris, USA
PMP, DASSM, CSM Principal
Technology Program Manager at
San Diego Association of Governments

Successful PMO Leadership – It’s all about the people
Saturday, Nov 28 at 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm CET

Successful PMO leaders are responsible for more than simply task management and project deliverables. Modern PMO leaders must also manage organizational change. Success for the project management office leader depends on the contribution and participation of many people in the organization. Dealing with other human beings requires a different set of skills than those that project, program and portfolio management practitioners and IT leaders may use to solve a system technology problem.

Building support for an initiative, idea or concept depends on the soft skills around socialization, discussion and persuasion. Soft skills are those techniques that enable an individual to interact effectively and pleasantly with others, and they support effectively using learned occupational and professional skills.

This presentation will discuss the 5 critical soft skills every PMO leader needs to be successful and how you can improve these skills to drive PMO achievement to new levels.

Bill Parris is the Principal Manager of the Technology Program Management Office (TPMO) for SANDAG, the San Diego metropolitan planning and regional policy agency. The SANDAG TPMO is charged with managing the portfolio of projects related to corporate enterprise technology initiatives as well as the management of highway tolling technology projects for the region.

Mr. Parris has worked in project management for over twenty years in multiple industries including government, healthcare, real estate and information technology. Bill has managed several multi-million dollar large scale IT modernization projects and served as the technology solutions manager for a 300 million dollar healthcare data analytics program.

Bill is an active member of several PMI chapters having served in many board positions including chapter President and VP of Professional Development.


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