Government 3.0 Perspective

Brian presented an unique perspective on governance from a 3.0 lens. His discussion with participants looked at governance from three perspectives – implementer, technology company owner, and enterprise architect. In each of the three roles, there were varying rules of engagement, pain points, lessons learned and successes where governance was either effective or ill-effective.

Megan PilonBrian Ellis is an IT Transformation Strategist with over 20 years of IT experience as a strategic advisor, technology executive, cloud computing expert/enthusiast, and enterprise architect for major organizations such as Nike, NASA, and Coca Cola. He has a proven track record in uniting disparate technologies, operations, and organizations to function as a single platform and is recognized as a visionary thinker and a creative problem solver, adept at communicating complex technical concepts for broad consumption.


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Supporting a Project Sponsor:  Strategies project managers must do to effectively engage and support project sponsors

The project sponsor is critical to the success of projects.  However, project sponsors generally have other demands on their time, and the project is an additional demand.  This presentation will be an interactive discussion on strategies project managers can employ to best engage and support the project sponsor throughout the life of the project. Megan Pilon, a senior project manager with Treinen Associates, will provide project managers with strategies, guidelines and tools to use for getting the best out of project sponsors.

Megan PilonMegan Pilon, PMP, is a senior project manager at Treinen. She has more than 27 years of Information Technology (IT) experience, including 21 years in project management and 23 years in state government. Having served in the role of project manager for public agencies, an IT vendor and an IT consulting company, Ms. Pilon brings several perspectives to acquisition and implementation of solutions. These perspectives allow her to view risks from the agency’s perspective and to understand the issues and concerns of vendors. She attributes her success in project management to excellent project sponsorship and incredible teams.  She is currently engaged at the Department of Licensing, managing Rollout 3 of their Business and Technology Modernization Project which is to replace business and professions licensing and regulatory systems.


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Conscious Project Management

The field of project management is changing at a remarkably fast rate. The direction of change is leadership over management, using systems to manage and people to lead.  Who we are as leaders relative to the projects we are engaged to manage matters.  The consciousness we bring impacts delivery and the entire human system delivering and dependent upon the outcome of the project. But, what does this all mean to us as project managers?  Jean Richardson, author of "The Preservation of the Agile Heart:  From Mindset to Consciousness", award-winning project manager, and independent agile coach provides insight into the road ahead for project managers.

Jean RichardsonJean Richardson is a coach, trainer, speaker, turnaround leader and award-winning project manager with a background in mediation who has taught at three universities and delivered webinars to thousands of project managers and agilists.

Azure Gate Consulting, LLC is a consulting practice focused on the west coast delivering coaching, training, and turnaround leadership for leaders and teams. Look for Jean’s book, The Preservation of the Agile Heart: From Mindset to Consciousness on Amazon soon. Follow her on Twitter @JeanAtAzureGate and read her blog at azuregate.net/blog-archive/.

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PMI Olympia’s Annual CIO Roundtable 2018

CIORT2017Start the New Year out right and join us for our annual CIO Roundtable event. Come and hear from the IT leaders in our community on a variety of topics. 

This year we are very pleased to have:

  • Adam Aaseby, CIO & State Health IT Coordinator, Washington State Health Care Authority.
  • Matt Modarelli, CIO & Director IT Division for the Washington State Military Department.
  • Mary Mueller, CIO & Director IT Services Division of the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board (WSLCB)

ABSTRACT: The forum will highlight the changes in information technology, the challenges facing IT organizations in our region and provide an opportunity for members to ask questions of IT leadership.

Learning Outcomes
1. Develop a better understanding of IT challenges in 2018
2. Develop a better understanding of how project management can help IT achieve its goals
3. Learn what you can do to be part of the solution

Adam AasebyAdam Aaseby serves as Chief Information Officer and State Health Information Technology Coordinator at the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA). HCA purchases health care for 2.2 million Medicaid beneficiaries and state employees. Adam oversees core technology, Health Information Technology, and security infrastructure, as well as leading the agency modernization and innovation projects. These projects are focused on analytics and data infrastructure aimed at better health outcomes, improved value, and lower costs. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University.

Matt ModarelliMatt Modarelli is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of the Information Technology Division for the Washington State Military Department . The department is comprised of the state’s Army National Guard, Air National Guard, State National Guard, Emergency Management Division, the Washington Youth Academy, and other support divisions. As CIO, he leads enterprise technology solutions supporting nearly 8,000 state and federal employees. He directs and oversees innovative and resilient information technology (IT) initiatives supporting business operations and processes, training, and education for employees and students at distributed locations throughout the state. Matt serves as a member of the department’s Executive Management Team and reports directly to The Adjutant General and Homeland Security Advisor for Washington State.

Mary MuellerMary Mueller serves as Chief Information Officer and Director of the IT Services Division of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB). WSLCB supports safe communities through administration and enforcement of Washington’s liquor, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor laws. The Board’s operations have changed significantly over the last five years with the privatization of alcohol sales and the regulation of Washington’s cannabis and vaping industries. To support these changes, the IT Division is leading the wholesale replacement of legacy applications, transitioning from on-prem to cloud solutions and are standardizing operational processes. Mary has served in IT leadership roles at WSLCB, Employment Security Department and Consolidated Technology Services. She began her career in constituent relations and business operations.


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