Barbara A. Carkenord, CBAP®, PMP®, PMI-ACP®, PMI-PBA®
Practice Director and Trainer—Business Analysis
Barbara A. Carkenord has over 25 years of experience in business analysis, and is one of the original founders of the Business Analysis training industry. Barbara has an MBA from University of Michigan, is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®), and possesses the PMI Professional in Business Analysis Certification (PMI-PBA®). She is also the author of Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and chapter events. Actively involved in the IIBA, she was a core team member of the IIBA BABOK® creation committee and has contributed to its upcoming book, Managing Business Analysis. In 2010, Barbara was named Small Business Woman of the Year by the Georgia Women in Technology Association.
Barbara possesses detailed knowledge and experience in many analysis tools and techniques. She develops and delivers business analysis training using proven techniques and real-world experience. Barbara's areas of expertise include business analysis, software design, quality assurance, and project management. Her experience covers many industries including insurance, banking, and manufacturing. Her newest book, CBAP®/CCBA® Exam Prep, is available for ordering.
Mike Griffiths is a world-renowned project manager, trainer, consultant and writer, holding multiple project management and Agile-related certifications, including the new PMI-ACP® designation. He is also a regular columnist and Agile contributor at Gantthead.com, the world's leading online community for IT project managers. Mike was on the original PMI-ACP® Steering Committee, which defined the agile-related knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to be tested by the PMI-ACP® exam. He is also currently helping to create the new PMBOK® Guide, as well as the Software Extension to the PMBOK® Guide.
Back in 1994, Mike helped create the agile method DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Method) and has been using agile methods including FDD, Scrum and XP for the last 17 years. Mike served on the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance and the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN), and also founded the Calgary Chapter of APLN in 2006. Mike is also very active in traditional project management, holding both the PMP and PRINCE2 certifications. Mike frequently presents at PMI Global Congress conferences, and teaches a 2-day Agile Project Management course for the Project Management Institute (PMI) as part of their traveling Seminars World program. He also helped start the PMI Agile Community of Practice, which is now the largest PMI community. His newest book, PMI-ACP® Exam Prep, is available for ordering.
Rick A. Morris
Rick A. Morris, PMP, is an ITIL Practitioner, consultant, author, mentor, and creator of a non-profit foundation to promote Project Management in charities and other non-profits. Rick is an accomplished project manager and public speaker. His appetite for knowledge and passion for the profession makes him a sought after speaker at PMI chapters, various civic organizations, and a frequent guest lecturer at local universities.
Rick holds the PMP (Project Management Professional), MPM (Masters of Project Management), OPM3, Six Sigma Green Belt, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, TQM, ATM-S, ITIL, and ISO certifications. Rick is the Owner of R2 Consulting, LLC and has worked for organizations such as GE, Xerox, and CA and has consulted to numerous clients in a wide variety of industries including financial services, entertainment, construction, non-profit, hospitality, pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing. His latest book on project politics, Stop Playing Games!, is available in paperback and audio CD format thru the RMC store, and in Kindle format thru the Amazon website.
Peter Taylor is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in project management. Peter has more than twenty-five years of experience in project management in three major business areas: material requirements planning (MRP)/enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems with various software houses, business intelligence (BI) with Cognos, and product life-cycle management (PLM) with Siemens. He has spent the last several years leading project management offices (PMOs) and developing project managers.
Peter is the author of the best-selling books The Lazy Project Manager (Infinite Ideas) and Leading Successful PMOs (Gower). He is also an accomplished leader, communicator, and professional speaker. RMC recently worked with Peter to convert his book The Lazy Project Manager into an interactive, 6 PDU e-Learning course which is now available exclusively thru the RMC website.
Jerry Manas is author of Managing the Gray Areas (RMC Publications, January 2008) and the international bestseller Napoleon on Project Management (Nelson Business, April 2006). His work has been cited by management guru Tom Peters and highlighted in a variety of publications, including Leadership Excellence, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Chicago Sun Times, and The Houston Chronicle. He has written numerous articles and appeared on radio programs nationwide with the release of his first book, Napoleon on Project Management, which Kirkus Reviews called "The ultimate case study in effective project management."
Jerry is President of The Marengo Group, an organizational development consulting firm with a specialty in project management, and is co-founder of PMThink!, a popular leadership blog site. Jerry's book Managing the Gray Areas is available in both paperback and audio CD formats, thru the RMC store.