E44 Joe Pusz and Jessica Kuhn Year End Review
Joe Pusz started THE PMO SQUAD with the intent to help as many organizations as possible get better at Project Management. He was a PMO Leader within Corporate America and felt the struggle.
The struggle to get their organization to commit to Project Management, to truly invest in Project Management building a Competitive Advantage. It was a challenge to find others within their organization who were as passionate about Project Management as he was. To find his tribe, Joe knew he had to build the SQUAD!
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Jessica Kuhn was born in San Diego, California to a family of technologists, gamers, and artists. After receiving her degree in English/Writing at the University of California – San Diego, her innate desire to demystify complexity, to understand and be understood, and to unite “the why” with “the how” led her into a career as a business analyst, project manager and operational strategist.
Over the last 18 years, Jessica has supported the launch and development of startups in the fitness and video game spaces, and led teams within Fortune 500 companies like Sony Network Entertainment in seeking clarity in chaos without compromising flexibility. Today, she serves as the Director of IT Governance and Compliance at Make-A-Wish America, supporting IT teams in bringing technical innovation to life and enabling chapters in their mission to grant the wish of every eligible child. Jessica resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, Bryan and her two dogs, Taco Gary and Atlas.
Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn.
ABOUT PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE HOURS SERIES
Project Management Office Hours is intended to provide Project Management professionals a place to drop in and discuss Success Stories, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned. Project Management Consultant Joy Gumz has shared with us, “Operations keep the lights on, strategy provides the light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward.”
Each of us has a unique story to tell, but collectively we share a message that organizations who embrace Project Management Best Practices perform better than those which don’t. Organizations which align Projects to Strategy perform better. Organizations with Engage Executive Sponsors deliver better results. Organizations which measure Project Management performance outperform those which don’t.
During our Project Management Office Hours, we hear directly from Industry leaders how to make an impact in our profession. How we, collectively, will Advance Project Management Best Practices, One Listener at a time!
ABOUT YOUR HOST
Joe Pusz started THE PMO SQUAD to bring real world PMO Leadership experience to the consulting space and to advocate for Project Management through his blog PMOJOE.com. The old saying is “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Following this mindset Joe left Corporate America in 2013 to start THE PMO SQUAD and work with fellow Natural Born Project Managers to advance Project Management Best Practices.
ABOUT OUR SPONSOR
THE PMO SQUAD focuses exclusively on PMO and Project Management consulting. Corporate America is full of Accidental Project Managers running projects who haven’t been trained to be PMs. To help solve this problem THE PMO SQUAD is on the Leading Edge with PMO As a Service. PMO As a Service allows our clients to focus on their respective core competencies while THE PMO SQUAD delivers Project Management expertise. Contact Joe at 678-591-7868. Follow The PMO Squad on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.