I have spent the majority of my professional career focused on technology and how the proper application of technology can not only greatly improve business processes and increase efficiency, but also improve the quality of life of everyone around the globe. We live in an age of great change and potential, and I absolutely love being part (a very small part) of that change and excitement.
I have over 8 years of professional experience working with some of the world’s best companies, including Microsoft, Nortel Networks, Mass General Hospital, Brigham Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Huron Consulting Group to name a few.
I have worked as a project manager for the last 5 years, mostly leading either software development or software implementation projects, both large (over $2 million USD development budget) and small (in the $10’s of thousands), and both completed in this country, or outsourced to other countries such as India, Vietnam, and Bulgaria. I managed teams developing and / or deploying all types of systems, from enterprise financial systems, to embedded operating systems, to web-based consumer systems and more.
I received my undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Boston University, my MBA (Masters of Business Administration) from Babson College, and a professional certificate in Project Management from Boston University. I am also certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
For a tidbit of non-professional info, I love to travel (internationally when possible), take pictures everywhere I go, sail in the summer, and snowboard in the winter. I occasionally take on photography clients when I have the time, and that portfolio is located here www.aaronmacdanielphotography.com
How I Got Started In Project Management
Like many other project managers, I got started mostly by accident. I was a senior software engineer on a midsize team project, involving a critical customization for a large client at Nortel Networks. I was on a team of 4 full-time local software engineers, 5 full-time offsite engineers in Vietnam, 2 QA engineers, 1 sales engineer in Canada, 1 software architect, and things started getting really out of control and we were way behind schedule. I volunteered to spend 50% of my time as the Project Manager for 3 months until the release was over. Nortel had a professional PMO office, which had an opening, and next thing you know, I was suddenly a full-time Project Manager and no longer a software engineer. It wasn’t exactly an easy switch, and to read more about it and what advice I would offer to others, check out my blog article about it.
What I’m Currently Up To…
I am currently working as a Project Manager for Huron Consulting Group, in the Higher Education and Healthcare Practice. My group specializes in technology applications for the research hospital environment. To learn more, contact me, or visit www.huronconsultinggroup.com
I am also involved in the Kuali open source software project, which is a multi-institution movement to create an open source software system to manage student, financial, and research areas for colleges and universities worldwide. It is based on MIT’s Coeus system, and the software is currently past version 1 and available for download at www.Kuali.org– I highly recommend it, so if that’s your area of interest, check it out.