Marianne Phinney


Portfolio Manager, Pearson Education

Location: Boston, MA


Certified Scrum Product Owner
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Groups I belong to

Agile Boston


I began as an assistant professor of applied linguistics and ESL. I wrote a textbook on writing with computers (back in the day). Then I moved to computational linguistics and developing an ESL grammar checker. I moved on to project management and have been involved with software/IT project and portfolio management since then. I also am heavily involved with theater production as a director, actor, and reviewer for EMACT and the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG).

Work experience

Constant Contact, Program Manager
February 2013 - Present, Waltham, MA, United States

Program Manager for Product Development and Engineering

Pearson Education, Technical Portfolio Manager
July 2008 - February 2013, Boston, MA, United States

- Performs portfolio analysis on projects including risk analysis, prioritization, conflict resolution and coaching; - Maintains project schedules and costs across portfolio of projects; - Tracks all project/portfolio costs and provides input for ROI; - Organizes, conducts, and attends meetings with project managers, product managers and key stakeholders to create portfolio project plan parameters by defining clear, attainable objectives and milestones; - Determines integrated milestones, and what will be needed to meet milestone (time, materials, etc.), the scope of combined projects and how the scopes fit into milestone timelines; - Creates tasks, work with project teams to determine and refine estimates based on departmental abilities and constraints; - Authors, maintains, and applies detailed portfolio project plans to support software development, hardware installations, and a variety of integration projects; - Ensures all appropriate groups are included in project planning and advised of project progress; - Ensures any hardware and/or software needed for projects and/or portfolios are secured; - Performs risk analysis for portfolio of projects; - Provides detailed weekly status reports on all active projects within a portfolio