Virginia Reed

  

Program Manager, Merion Matters

Location: King of Prussia, PA, USA


Certifications

Certified ScrumMaster

Groups I belong to

Agile PA User Group

Biography

Virginia “Ginny” Reed

610-399-6125 (Home) 484-802-0040 (cell) reedspur@comcast.net (E-mail)

 

SENIOR-LEVEL MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

  • Highly motivated and skilled senior project manager with experience in managing a wide variety of small, medium, and large complex software development projects.
  • Proven track record of project delivery on time, within budget, adhering to methodology, and with quality.
  •  Skilled project planner, strong cross-management background, process improvement initiator, and skilled oral and written communicator.

HIGHLY SKILLED AREAS OF EXPERTISE IN THE FOLLOWING:

  • End to end project management (Using PMI Methodology) -Traditional waterfall approaches, Iterative, RUP, (modified AGILE/SCRUM approach) CSM certified.
  • Project Planning/Budgeting/Execution/Implementation; Plainview, Clarity and Tempo (by Borland) to track hours and resource planning Strategic.
  • Planning/Leadership/Mentoring Risk and Mitigation Strategies, Decision and Problem Solving Skills Quality Assurance Management, UAT Management, Process Improvements, Financial Analysis, Business Analysis, User Interface Analysis, Technical Analysis.
  • Multiple Cross-Functional Project Team Leadership, Multi-Project Implementation Vendor Management (Algorithmics, PACE, INVEST1, TEAMSITE), E-Commerce and Web Development Management Off Shore Management, and Client Facing Project Manager, User Interface Management Negotiation.
  •  Persuasion & Communication skills (written and oral) MS Project Suite; Excel, Visio, Word, Power Point, and MS Project, Written and Oral Communication Skills, Organizational and attention to detail skills
  • Application Development and Technical Management experience PMI Expert Established Customized Project Managers Training Class at BISYS with Penn State Abington PMO Expert Established Customized Approach and Strategy to establish Project Management Office

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

December, 2012 – Present –Publishing Company – Program Manager/CSM

Managing multiple process initiatives, Vendor Engagements, and overseeing projects within the portfolio utilizing an Agile approach.

July, 2010 – October, 2012 Present Modis Consultant/Project Manager at Banking Industry.NET, JAVA, HTML, MS OFFICE SUITE

I managed several application development projects which have included; a servicing project to use the cell phone as a credit card, Rewards My Own Way website modifications for Carnival Cruise Lines, Skip A Payment, and enhancements of the current Web Site for Barclays.

End of February, 2010 to June, 2010 Deloitte (Glen Mills) Consultant/Project Manager - .NET, JAVA

Short term assignment to help them through their fiscal year where I managed several HR Application Development Projects. One was for the actual Deloitte Job Board and the other was for personal employee information utilizing RUP Methodology. I worked within a PMO that was located in Toronto, Canada.

June, 2009 thru October 31, 2009 Insurance Company (Wilmington, DE) Consultant/ Senior Project Manager .NET and JAVA, PROJECT, EXCEL, SHAREPOINT, WORD, POWERPOINT, VISIO, SCRUMWORKS, BUGZILLA

I managed an international .NET application software development project which was a standard Policy, Product, Party, Billing, Claims project. In addition, several other software development areas that were part of the project such as Managed Care, Commissions, Reserves, Reinsurance and Reporting based on a Scrum/Agile environment. In addition, put together the Implementation Plan, Security Documentation, updated and kept Project Plans, and managed infrastructure milestones for the project. While at ALICO managed QA and BA assignments and initiatives. I also led two week sprint Planning Sessions as well as Daily Stand-up Meetings. In addition, identified infrastructure critical path areas such as computer hardware purchases, environments, and staffing of project tasks.

April, 2009 thru May, 2009. Software Development Company (Lancaster, PA) Consultant Researched/Analyzed and Prepared/Planned PMO documentation and implementation approach to establish a PMO.

July, 2008 April, 2009 (IT Project Manager/Analyst (Consultant) Mars Candy (Master foods)

I was fully responsible for the Project Management of several sensitive Human Resource, Risk Management, and Legal Systems. Was the Project Manager and analyst for a highly visible application software development project which entailed working with Mars high level executives and the Risk Management stakeholders to build/design a legal and Global Risk Management website. This project entailed working with the graphics department, User Interface Designers, as well as IT development resources (Satyam Computer Services) located in India.

November, 2007 - July, 2008 Senior Project Manager/Line Manager (Corporate and Strategic Projects) ING Financial Services (Retails Annuity)

I was fully responsible for the management of application software development of Retail Annuity Projects ranging in dollar value of $130,000 to $10.7 million dollars. These projects were based on Hedging and Projection Strategies. In addition, to these projects also led several initiatives to bring process improvements into the organization. Also, was responsible for identifying process improvement areas and made sure that all documentation was up to SDLC quality standards. Projects ranged from domestic to international projects. My team was responsible for approximately 14 projects as well as special initiatives. I was also fully responsible for writing the SOW and planning and managing the Vendor Engagement with Algorithmics. In addition, was responsible for the hiring, promotions, performance appraisals, one on ones, coaching and mentoring, and the day-to-day management duties of Direct Report Project Managers. Was responsible for the revision and innovation of new ideas into requirements templates, requirements checklists, lessons learned, project scorecard, and project charter to make them more PMI standard as well as revising the current structure of my group to be more efficient. In addition, led and presented steering committee presentations to upper management, Project Kick-offs, and special initiatives for high-level executives. Kept track of the Pegasus (Hedging and Projection Program) Budget utilizing GAAP and also through Clarity.

January, 2007 November, 2007 Senior Project Manager (Project Management/Quality Assurance) The Crump Group (Formerly BISYS Retirement Services).

I was responsible for managing application software development projects, identifying process improvement areas, and mentoring junior PMs and IT Business Analysts. In addition, managed application development resources that were located in Russia as well as in Minnesota. Was part of the Leadership Team which was responsible for introducing new procedures throughout the Bisys. Managed several compliance projects that needed to be SOX approved. One of my most important initiatives was coordinating with Penn State to customize a Project Managers Boot Camp that would teach the correct ways of managing projects within our organization. I established a mentoring program for IT Business Analysts so that requirements in our organization were of the highest quality. I also presented brown bag classes pertaining to requirements gathering and writing. Created a process for managing code contention throughout our organization. Was fully responsible for writing and clarifying job descriptions and their applicable expectations within our organization. These descriptions pertain to all levels of IT Business Analysts and Project Managers within the organization and a clear progression as to what you need to do to get to the next level. Worked with on the Right to Design group, which is a group of technical people to revise the existing Design documentation to have more traceability with our requirements and project charter documentation. Kept track of budget costs utilizing TEMPO (by Borland)

July, 1998 January, 2007 Project Manager (Corporate Technology, Wealth Management and Investment Management Systems, Institutional Systems) The Vanguard Group Was responsible for negotiating with Interwoven million dollar project SOW on restructuring the branching structures that Vanguard uses to display content on Vanguard.com as well as other internal web-sites. Once completed, would manage the effort for all Vanguard divisions. In addition, managed developers within multiple divisions to produce a Proof of Concept for Vanguard Business using FILENET. Also, managed an Enterprise Content Management Support and Development Teams which supported Vanguard.com site. I established four Quarterly Development Releases based on need and hours and working with the business clients to ensure that their needs were met. Enterprise Content Management Group also had an internal website that was internally developed and maintained by our group specifically letting people know about required Service Level Agreements. In addition, was responsible for managing special development projects that came up. When I was in the Fixed Income Group, was responsible for managing several application development areas of Data Strategy for the new Investment Management System. This project was a total re-write of an existing Legacy System (COBOL DB2 CICS) as well as manual implications (ACCESS database and excel spreadsheets). Our main objective was to produce an in-house state-of-the-art system in .Net with using Pace Investment Systems (Vendor) as a Data Depository. I worked closely with Traders and Wealth Managers to establish best practices in reporting and data migration strategy for several of the applicable areas such as Short Desk and Long Desk. In addition, used a modified iterative approach to manage and track progress. I managed several work-cells that produced screens in .NET and worked closely with several of the UI Designers to create reporting screens. Produced and maintained iterative project plans per work area and managed those pieces to completion as well as working with the User Interface Designers to incorporate their pieces into the project. In addition to working with Architects and Technical staff, I managed the Vendor relationship with Eagle Systems (PACE). Over the years at Vanguard, I was responsible for many application development projects that had small budgets as well as multi-million dollar project budgets. In addition, managed highly visible and important projects to Vanguard such as the Social Security Compliance Project, Catch-up Contributions Pension Reform project, and Vanguard's own College 529 plan. My most enjoyable projects were managing a 1.8 million dollar project involving new reporting initiatives and technology. Am experienced in Project Budgeting and utilizing the full Microsoft Office suite for managing and documenting projects. While managing projects utilized full Project life-cycle methodology. In addition, well versed in utilizing both the standard route (Water-fall) as well as object-oriented methods of process. Wrote as well as supervised all areas of life-cycle methodology aspects such Initiating, Planning, Requirements, Analysis, Design, UAT Testing Strategies, and Specification documents during the almost 9 years I was at Vanguard. Was responsible for identifying project metrics and reporting them as well as acting as a quality Facilitator at numerous inspections and reviews. Was responsible for seeing that projects were implemented in a timely and cost-effective manner and to Vanguard quality standards. During the management of projects, tracked resources, established critical path, Risk Management strategies, and used Microsoft Project. I was fully responsible for the resource allocation and career assignments during these projects. While working at Vanguard, supervised employees, consultants, towards the goal of implementing high quality projects. Mentored junior members through the entire Project lifecycle adhering to PMI Methodology. Additional miscellaneous tasks included performance evaluations, requirements documentation, user procedures, as well as Integration Testing strategies and test script plans. While employed at Vanguard, worked on a wide and varied project list. These included large and complex projects as well as smaller projects. They encompassed new development, new technology, as well as enhancing legacy systems projects. While at Vanguard kept track of project hours through Planview and using Vanguards acceptable budget practices.

Sept, 1996 - July, 1998 Project Lead/Manager (Financial Systems) Franklin Mint TSO/ISPF COBOL II CICS VSAM IDCAMS MVS/ESA JCL IBM MAINFRAME WINDOWS 95 MICROSOFT WORD MICROSOFT PROJECT MICROSOFT EXCEL Was Project Lead/Analyst for the implementation of large International ASI Accounts Payable System. My responsibilities included in-depth analysis for business requirements, conversions, interfaces, programs, reporting, banking and credit requirements, and unique financial requirements both domestically as well as internationally. Additional responsibilities included supervising consultants as well as employees in variety of programming and analytical assignments. I was responsible for interviewing prospective employees as well as consultants. In addition, wrote several international reporting technical specifications utilizing multi-national currencies. While at the Mint was supervisor for programmers working on the International Royalty System that tracked royalties for products or names. Also, supervised a consultant with the implementation of over 100 TELON modules and the modification of files and code to the existing system. I analyzed and wrote specifications for future enhancements. In addition, contributed on special projects to analyze specific problems in the GANTS (DB2) Marketing System).

1991-1994 Project Lead/Analyst (Financial Systems) QVC West Chester, PA TSO/ISPF COBOL COBOL II SAS EASTRIEVE WORDPERFECT PRO-WRITE PARADOX CICS VSAM IDCAMS MVS/ESA JCL IBM MAINFRAME Managed all financial functions relating to General Ledger, Accounts Payable, and Fixed Assets utilized Dun and Bradstreet software. In addition, analyzed, coded, supervised junior people, and implemented various external systems utilizing data from D&B.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  • Project Managers Certificate from Penn State Great Valley with High Distinction
  •  IT Business Analyst Certificate from Penn State Great Valley
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Member of the Scrum Alliance Member of the PMI Institute
  •  Member of the Association of Business Process Management Professionals