Tara Garrison, Project Manager in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Tara Garrison

Project Manager in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Member since February 10, 2020
Tara is a certified Scrum Master and project manager with over ten years of enterprise-wide project management experience in government, healthcare, and commercial sectors. She excels with international teams in Agile and Waterfall development environments. She is well versed in managing projects within a matrixed environment. Her accomplishments include web applications, mobile applications, and website development.
Tara is now available for hire

Project Highlights

Expertise

  • Agile
  • Change Management
  • Communication Management
  • Confluence
  • Multi-functional Teams
  • Project Delivery
  • Waterfall Delivery
  • Waterfall Methodology

Education

Employment

  • Agile Project Management Consultant

    2016 - PRESENT
    Freelance
    • Worked with startup companies to provide project management and operations management consultation in healthcare IT, education, nonprofit, and engineering. The total portfolio exceeds $3 million.
    • Created full-fledged project management implementation plans, accounting for ROI, cost-benefit, and other analyses.
    • Integrated Atlassian tools for requirements and agile project management.
    • Resolved conflicts and negotiated agreements between parties in order to reach win-win solutions to disagreements and clarify misunderstandings during the project.
    • Implemented reporting and onboarding operational project improvements that result in significant savings and improved profit margins.
    • Provided and maintained accurate and timely project management information in all project plans, communications, status reporting, and SharePoint sites.
    • Performed detailed assessments of project management risks to determine constraints and develop mitigation strategies.
    • Utilized bottom-up and top-down cost estimating to establish project budgets.
    • Created budgeting templates and execute estimate vs. actual analysis—accounting for project variances on a phase/deliverable/resource level. Worked with internal teams and clients to resolve budget variances.
    • Worked with clients, business analysts, and developers—during the project discovery phase—to build mind maps, user experience workflows, and wireframes.
  • Technical Project Manager — Presales

    2015 - 2016
    IBM
    • Worked with the sales teams to identify new opportunities over $1 million within retail markets.
    • Engaged with sales and potential clients to deliver product demonstrations.
    • Developed sales demonstrations using Watson Analytics.
    • Worked with sales team to build project estimates for project proposals.
  • Senior Project Manager

    2014 - 2015
    State of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
    • Managed the project development lifecycle for a local project—reimbursement agreement and pavement asset management system projects, in excess of $3 million.
    • Led the project team through the requirements validation process and mentored junior staff in requirements gathering and project management best practices.
    • Tracked and reported project management scope and project results to external customers and other stakeholders.
    • Developed project management templates to create consistency in reporting.
    • Led the quarterly executive reporting effort as a project manager to the project management office.
  • Agile Project Manager

    2007 - 2012
    Deloitte Consulting
    • Joined the company as a business analyst, eventually worked my way to project manager for a series of federal government business intelligence implementations.
    • Worked within a highly matrixed environment to implement a budgeting system for the US Department of the Navy in one of the largest operations software implementations in agency's history, exceeding $2 billion.
    • Monitored contracts and service-level agreements to identify potential risks and implement mitigation actions to protect the development process from unforeseen delays and costs.
    • Planned and executed functional requirements gathering via interviews, document analysis, storyboards, use cases, and business process mapping.
    • Worked with stakeholders to prioritize requirements and plan for a phased release schedule.
    • Designed and implemented a change control process for requirements.
    • Coordinated biweekly stakeholder meetings for project actions and risk-information sharing.
    • Drove Cognos BI projects to completion by utilizing a Waterfall project management methodology.
    • Mentored 25 junior consultants and business analysts through the PMP certification process.
    • Worked with senior leadership to identify areas of potential sales within existing clients.
    • Led various efforts to respond to requests for proposals.

Project History

  • The Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Executing a System for the Department of Navy
    Planned, launched, and executed a proof of concept to build the federal budget for the Department of the Navy.

    Tasks Accomplished:
    • Served as a project manager.
    • Led a team of business analysts, developers, and testers, as well as federal stakeholders and other government contracting teams.
    • Gathered system requirements.
    • Developed the solution in Cognos Enterprise Planner.
    • Trained federal staff on usage.

  • Adaptive Telehealth
    Launched and managed several updates to the Adaptive Telehealth platform.

    Tasks Accomplished:
    • Managed an international team of ten consultants to plan, execute and maintain an HIPPA-secure telehealth platform.
    • Performed regular sprint demonstrations with the product owner and client stakeholders.
    • Attended industry conferences to demonstrate the platform with the internal sales team.
    • Regularly held platform training sessions for rural healthcare providers.

  • Auditing Software for Healthcare and Education Industries
    Managed several releases of cloud-based software.

    Tasks Accomplished:
    • Managed over ten international contractors through the discovery, planning, execution, and testing phases of several product releases.
    • Served as a scrum master and regularly met with the product owner for backlog grooming and sprint planning.
    • Led monthly client calls to review development efforts and collect feedback.

Education

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Information Systems and Accounting
    2007 - 2011
    The George Washington University - Washington, DC, USA
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Economics (Strategic Management)
    1998 - 2002
    The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA, USA

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