E11 Fabrice Allibert from Talaia and Tom Stokes from Workday
In this episode of Project Management Office Hours, Joe Pusz, PMO Joe has a great discussion with special guests Fabrice Allibert from Talaia OpenPPM and Tom Stokes from Workday. We are also excited to officially announce the partnership between Talaia OpenPPM and THE PMO SQUAD! As the US Partner for Talaia, THE PMO SQUAD will be assisting in the Sales process to US prospects as well as supporting Talaia’s US clients with Professional Services.
Joe begins the show discussing the July Phoenix PMI Chapter dinner meeting and the presentation from Special Guest Steven Fullmer. Mr. Fullmer lead an entertaining and thought provoking discussion on how our brain works and what causes “Funnels and Logjams” with our thinking. This is great topic for Project Managers to help us better understand how our teams can be utilized more efficiently.
Joe kicks off the Project Management discussion with Fabrice learning more about the Talaia OpenPPM solution and how it differs from other products currently on the market. Talaia OpenPPM is the first PPM tool built according to the PMBOK standard. We also learn Talaia is a mid-tier solution not competing with Enterprise class tools such as Planview and Clarity or Task Management tools such as Asana and Trello. Fabrice responded to a tweet regarding AI in the PPM space. Tom offers many years of perspective and experience working for several leading organizations. He shared with us his key personality traits of a Project Manager. Tom responded also provided a response to a listener tweet asking about Soft skills vs Technical skills. We engaged in a great discussion on debate of Waterfall vs Agile, with some new responses compared to what we’ve heard on previous shows. There are many more topics discussed in this fast moving one hour show!
Thank you to our Sponsors, TALAIA and THE PMO SQUAD. TALAIA is a European based PPM Software solution provider which is entering the US market. To sign up for a free 30-day trial and learn more about this PMBOK aligned solution visit – http://en.talaia-openppm.com
Fabrice Allibert, graduated in Business Administration by the University of Jonköping (Sweden). More than 15 years working on IT companies. Started to work as a Service Manager in Packard Bell, than as Service and Support Director in NEC Computers International managing partner alliances and services for the EMEA and LATAM region. In 2007, started to work for SM2 Software and Services Management where he is in charge of business development. In 2012, Fabrice initiated the new TALAIA OpenPPM Business line and is currently the director of the division in charge of the overall business management.
TALAIA OpenPPM is a 6 years old solution. TALAIA started in 2012 and is today present in more than 15 countries. TALAIA is a business line of the company SM2 Software and Service Management. SM2 is a 120 person company established more than 20 years ago. SM2 provides end to end solutions delivering projects and Consulting services, integration systems, outsourcing services, software products; helping to empower its customers with the latest IT Technology.
Tom Stokes is the Release Manager with Workday. Tom has an engineering background, coupled with experience in testing and process implementation. As a Project Manager since 2005, he lived through the evolution from CMM waterfall to today’s Agile methods. Being very philosophical, Tom simply looks for the best methods to suit the current business context. Outside work, Tom is an competitive formation skydiver and curler.
Workday is a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) product providing a single system for Finance and HR. With updates every Friday and major releases twice a year, “the power of one” means every Workday customer is running the same version. A 98% customer satisfaction and 30% revenue growth shows that Workday is in the right place at the right time.
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