Bryan Bates, Project Manager in Calgary, AB, Canada
Bryan Bates

Project Manager in Calgary, AB, Canada

Member since November 28, 2020
Bryan is a tenacious people leader and coach with experience in energy, technology, construction, and professional services. He is skilled in simplifying technical topics to build understanding and influence stakeholders. A straightforward, calm, and concise communicator, Bryan uses facts and frameworks to tie concepts together. He's intensely curious about innovatively applying technology to solve internal and external customer pain points, while reducing the cost of execution.
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Project Highlights

  • Led a small, multi-disciplinary team to deliver a custom, mobile-app-based timekeeping and payroll solution in a matter of weeks.
  • Coached a professional services firm to drive its own transformation through agile practices.
  • Created a complete digital production data solution in a week for a small construction company operating distant from home.

Expertise

Education

Employment

  • Project Management Consultant

    2018 - PRESENT
    Cogitact Management Consulting
    • Coached a construction company by reimagining and implementing the custom, mobile-app-based timekeeping and payroll solution. Reduced payroll-processing time from days to minutes and made it easier for the staff to perform.
    • Delivered project visibility and analytics using Microsoft Power Platform mobile technology for a company with project sites located 600 km away from the office. Provided real-time access to production information and no-paper forms.
    • Developed a firm-specific project process and data-tracking assets for a first-time prime contractor engaged in a significant powerline-construction project to help them deliver within contracted milestones and budget.
    • Implemented the Agile methodology and governance to engage an entire law firm in its business-model transformation, resulting in increased transparency and buy-in, plus an acceleration of the anticipated timeline.
    • Led a mission-critical SAP business-intelligence system migration for a financial-services company from an older, buggy system to an updated, stable, and properly-governed system. Coordinated efforts cross-functionally and with an external vendor.
  • VP of Operations | Branch Manager | Project Manager

    2003 - 2017
    Can-Am Geomatics
    • Led the development of four novel geomatics technology products to the market, leading to an additional $1 million in revenue in the first year.
    • Drafted and presented a business case for a significant investment in new geomatics technology, followed by implementation and training. This led to a 30% boost to staff productivity and the average process timeline improved by five days.
    • Envisioned an internal geographic information system to catalog and search regional spatial data that was otherwise non-existent, leading to a 3-5% cost reduction for customer work.
    • Acquired an existing geomatics company and managed the full integration into the existing firm. Generated successively record revenue for the branch in the years following the acquisition and grew that branch to the largest in the company.

Project History

  • Timekeeping/Payroll System
    Led a small, multi-disciplinary team to deliver a custom, mobile-app-based timekeeping and payroll solution in a matter of weeks.

    The customer needed a replacement for obsolete manual and paper-based processes for tracking work and paying staff. Off-the-shelf solutions did not meet enough needs for the business, so we investigated a custom solution.

    We commenced with an exploration of the current process and identification of specific improvements with a new process. Recommended a Microsoft 365-based solution due to straightforward technical requirements, good integration, and speed to deliver.

    Delivered an MVP at the end of two weeks, adjusted slightly, and was ready to release the solution widely at the end of the third sprint. The solution took a timekeeping and payroll process that was measured in days and reduced it to a matter of minutes, saving the company significant time while reducing data entry errors. Front-line staff commented on how the mobile app made it easy and intuitive to submit their data.

  • Agile Transformation
    Coached a professional services firm to drive its own transformation through agile practices.

    The founder of a boutique regulatory law firm had a compelling vision of the future state of her firm but was unclear about how to implement the changes and where to start. After a short discovery process, I recommended an adaptation of Scrum principles to collaboratively engage the whole team on solving the set of unclear problems related to the transformation. After a short introduction to agile practices, I coached the internal team for several months to decompose and focus on key deliverables, which immediately provided value to the organization. The team accelerated their progress on transformative activities and enjoyed greater transparency and task accountability using lightweight tools.

  • Production Data Gathering
    Created a complete digital production data solution in a week for a small construction company operating distant from home.

    The customer needed an automated and painless way to gather production data for a project located far from the home office. The solution needed to work on mobile devices and feed internal billing and operational processes. Bryan delivered a simple and speedy solution by integrating PowerApps, PowerBI, and Microsoft Teams to provide near real-time production data with less operator effort than previous solutions. The solution enabled the customer to track discrepancies with their customer and have visibility on production data they did not previously enjoy.

  • Clearing and Construction Project Management
    Led a small team to successfully deliver on a $20+ million power line clearing and construction project, on time, on budget, and on quality.

    A small, informal contractor landed a significant project that put them in the position of prime contractor for the first time. Bryan was brought in to manage the project, manage the contract with the project owner, and ensure the financial performance of the project. The project was complex in that the owner was a large, formal, risk-averse company, and the contractor operated with flexibility and informality as key strengths. Bryan frequently bridged communications and practices to give the contractor team as much flexibility as possible while ensuring the owner's needs for risk reduction and information were met. The project was delivered within contracted milestones and was financially successful for the contractor. Many of the process assets and practices continue to be used by the contractor to this day.

  • Acquisition Integration
    Successfully managed the integration of another company, and then grew the new branch to record revenue levels.

    After acquiring an existing geomatics business in a new region, I managed the transition and integration of this new branch into the rest of the company. This included a complete changeover of all back-office systems, a substantial technology upgrade, and devolution of unnecessary legacy systems. This was accomplished without disruption to customer work. The acquired branch grew to successive record levels of revenue in the following years, to become the largest branch within the company.

Education

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Business
    2016 - 2018
    Smith School of Business at Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Bachelor's Degree in Geomatics Engineering
    1992 - 1998
    University of Calgary - Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Certifications

  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    OCTOBER 2021 - PRESENT
    Amazon Web Services
  • Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate
    OCTOBER 2021 - PRESENT
    Microsoft
  • Digital Product Management Specialization
    JANUARY 2021 - PRESENT
    UVA Darden
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (MB-901)
    DECEMBER 2020 - PRESENT
    Microsoft
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
    FEBRUARY 2019 - PRESENT
    Project Management Institute (PMI)

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