PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE HOURS Danielle Crop with American Express and Dana Brownlee with Professionalism Matters
In this episode of Project Management Office Hours Joe Pusz, PMO Joe, and his guests Danielle Crop from American Express and Dana Brownlee from Professionalism Matters take a deep dive into Agile Transformations discussing the AMEX Portico project, Managing Up from Dana’s new book and also the new Women in Product group in Phoenix.
Danielle shares her unique story working her way through various industries and careers prior to landing at American Express. She details the history of the Portico project to complete an Agile Transformation at American Express. Danielle shares many insights and lessons from the 4 year journey including the origination of the Portico name. We also hear of the new Women in Product group Danielle helped found here in Phoenix.
Dana shares the story which led her write her recent book, “The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up: Project Management Techniques from the Trenches” We learn the different types of bosses and techniques to deploy when working with these different types of bosses. Dana also shares the importance of building a “Culture of Candor” and how a collaborative work environment, as with Agile teams, is beneficial and necessary.
During this episode we also shared a great offer from IIL, the International Institute of Learning to Veterans providing free access to the 2019 Leadership and Innovation Online Conference. The conference runs from March 7 – June 9 and Veterans get free access using code VETMENT. Register athttps://www.iil.com/leadership-and-innovation-conference/
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The American Express Company, also known as Amex, is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in Three World Financial Center in New York City. The company was founded in 1850 and is one of the 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Danielle Crop leads the team responsible for creating world class digital products and scaleable platforms through best in class Agile product management, analytics and testing to drive value to our customers and shareholders. Since 2001, Danielle has held a series of multi-market roles of increasing responsibility within the areas of acquisitions, underwriting and data management. Over the past 4 years in EDA, and before assuming her current global role recently, she and her team have played a significant role in accelerating application complete rates and billed business acquired.
Danielle lives in Phoenix with her husband Chris and their daughter Anna. She enjoys gardening, reading, hiking and cooking. Ask Danielle about healthy eating, Wes Anderson films or her favorite TED talk!
Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn.
Professionalism Matters provides innovative speaking and training services around the U.S. and beyond. For more than 15 years the company has delivered workshops that are dynamic, interactive, and packed with practical tips that participants can begin using immediately! Training topics include various areas of professional development including Managing Up, Leading Difficult Meetings, Building Effective Teams, Project Management, and more.
After years of working as a business strategy consultant with top IT firms, in 2003 Dana Brownlee founded Professionalism Matters, an Atlanta based corporate training company. An energetic and innovative speaker and trainer, Dana has thrilled audiences with speaking events across the U.S. and globally.
Rated as the #1 Leadership Influencer on projectmanagement.com, she has been interviewed by (or published in) CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Redbook, Working Mother, Forbes.com, and other notable publications. Dana’s first book “The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up: Project Management Techniques from the Trenches” was published by Berrett- Koehler in February 2019.
A nationally recognized speaker, Dana speaks to groups large and small on a variety of topics including tips for rescuing your meetings, dealing with the difficult boss, secrets of the “Thoroughbred Leader”, and discovering the keys to true work life balance. She holds a BS, BIE, MBA, and PMP.
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