Kent Huff Information Technology Project Manager

huff.kent@gmail.com / (872) 228-7776

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Accomplished PMP Certified Information Technology Project Manager with over 20 years of broad IT experience and expertise in the management, development, support, and maintenance of business applications, system connectivity, and system integration. Strong technical skills and strengths in leading multiple large IT projects simultaneously with geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse teams, developing business systems, and automating current manual processes.

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

PSS Management Consultants Ltd, Roselle, IL 2003 - Present

A Management Consulting company that provides services, providing leadership and resources to solve business needs, using very strict methodology to bring projects in on-time, on- or under-budget.

Management Consultant

AT&T, Hoffman Estates, Illinois 2007-Present

Serving as Project Manager for AT&Ts Business Network Solutions IT Project Management Office

Responsible for managing various software development & implementation projects for the AT&T Business Network Solutions IT organization. Projects have included merger initiatives between classic AT&T, SBC, BellSouth and Cingular; NGOSPE (Next Generation Outside Plant Engineering), One AT&T: ACAS (Advanced Contracting and Accounting System), OSPCM (Outside Plant Construction Management), CEEOT (Construction & Engineering Equipment Ordering Tool), and Project Lightspeed (implementing fiber optic-based technologies to homes across America to deliver real-time video, audio, high-speed internet and telephone services). Well-versed in IT Unified Process (a RUP [Rational Unified Process] variant) and the AT&T Process Management Tool, PRISM (based on Kintana).

Pearson Knowledge Technologies, Palo Alto, CA / Boulder, CO 3/2010, 9/2012, 12/2012

Pearson Knowledge Technologies develops automated language tests using speech recognition technology. Rated adult responses to various tasks, such as Reading, Repeat, Sentence Builds, and Summaries. The responses were both spoken and written. Responses were rated using several rubrics, including Pronunciation, Fluency, Narrative Clarity & Accuracy, and Summary Writing. The work involved assigning a numerical score from a rubric to each response.

STARTUP PROPRIETARY SECURITIES TRADING SYSTEM, Elgin, Illinois 2003-2006

Served as Project Manager for a startup proprietary securities trading system that will enable a global membership of institutional investors, securities dealers, and other securities trading systems to electronically exchange offers to buy and sell virtually all types of securities. Responsibilities included requirements definition, project planning, management, and quality assurance test management.

CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, Chicago, Illinois 1990-2003

The worlds oldest derivatives (futures and futures-options) exchange with more than 3,600 members trading 47 different futures and options products. 2001 annual trading volume of more than 260 million contracts.

Manager, Information Technology (1995-2003)

Responsible for directing and managing various projects from requirements definition to project planning, quality assurance test management and system implementation. Additional responsibilities included change management, systems integration design, and preparing and managing multi-million dollar project budgets. Assisted legal department in negotiations with Deutsche Brse by translating German documents.

Supervisor, Programming (1994-1995)

Responsible for a staff of 16 full-time Information Systems professionals (programmers, quality assurance, operations and administrative). Supervised six programmers, prepared budgets ($12 million) and project plans for the AUDIT Hand-held computer project, and prepared and presented graphical presentations to Board of Directors and Senior Management.

Systems Integration Specialist (1994)

Lead Programmer Analyst (1993-1994)

Senior Programmer Analyst (1992-1993)

Programmer Analyst III (1990-1992)

Responsible for ensuring that all components of the AUDIT system worked together, defining technical requirements, and functional specifications. Additional responsibilities included software development, test management and systems design.

SYSTEMHOUSE LIMITED (MCI Systemhouse), Chicago, Illinois 1989-1990

Industry leading single-source provider of convergence products and services that address businesses' total networking, communications, and consulting needs.

Systems Assurance Officer / Technical Writer

Responsible for Systems Assurance of all PC systems in use by RFP response teams. Additional responsibilities included training system users and writing custom programs and batch procedures for system automation and maintenance, developing graphics for proposals, and preparing technical proposals and marketing responses using a structured methodology (SILC, Systems Integration Life Cycle).

INFORMATION RESOURCES INC., Chicago, Illinois 1986-1989

A leading sales and marketing research partner in the expanding global consumer goods industry.

Technical Manager of Communications (1988-1989)

Responsible for automating IRIs home office telecommunications data center. This year-long effort involved the complete migration from manual to automated procedures and resulted in modernized operations and significant operating cost savings.

Communications Coordinator (1986-1988)

Responsible for monitoring night-shift data collection communications for Information Resources Grocery and Drug Stores nationwide, and resolving problems as they occurred.

 

EDUCATION

 

Master of Arts, TESL

Northeastern Illinois University, 2009-2011

         Techniques of Teaching ESL

         Language Variation

         Principles of Linguistics for Teachers

         Theories of Teaching ESL

         Structure of Modern English

         Advanced Linguistic Analysis

         Pragmatics

         Second Language Acquisition

         Language and Literacy

         Using Technology with Second Language Learners

         Assessment of the Limited English Proficient Student

         Evolution of Laws and Policies in Language Instruction

 

Masters Certificate in Project Management

University of Wisconsin School of Business, 2001

 

Information Systems Project Management

American Management Association, 1996

 

Bachelor of Arts, Russian Language

University of Illinois at Chicago, 1985-1989

University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN, 1983-1985

         Taught Esperanto on a volunteer basis

         Tutored illiterate native English speakers in literacy

         Studied German 2 years, and Italian 1 semester

 

Esperanto Language Course

San Francisco State University, Summer 1984

(on scholarship)

 

High School

Sullivan North High School, Kingsport TN, 1979-1983

         A.P. English, 1983

 

CERTIFICATION

 

Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPM)

Project Management Professional (PMP)

PMP Number: 439521

Original grant date: 14 Nov 2006

Expiration date: 13 Nov 2016

 

AWARDS & HONORS

 

Featured in local hometown newspaper

as an accomplished linguist, 1983

 

1st place, Latin poetry recitation,

East Tennessee State University, 1982 & 1983

 

Smithsonian Computerworld Award

for highest degree of technical excellence

in Financial and Banking Industry, 1995-1996

 

 


 

Skills Inventory

Development

Operations

Management

   Business applications

   Telecommunications

   Hand-held computer applications

   Wireless communications

   Systems Integration

   Office Automation

   Bar-coding Systems

   Inventory Systems

   Order Entry Systems

   Point-Of-Sale Systems

   UPC (Universal Product Code) Labeling Systems

   Accounts Receivable Systems

   Time Tracking and Payroll Systems

   Criminal Justice Systems

         Implementation of systems into production

         Troubleshooting

         Problem solving

         Retail Data Collection Operations

         Automation of manual operations processes

   Systems Integration Life Cycle Methodology

   IT / Unified Process SDLC (RUP-like SDLC)

   Agile Project Management

   Corporate Wide Program Management

   Individual / Multiple Project Management

   Quality Assurance / Test Management

   Developed Project Management Processes and Standards

   Meeting facilitation

   Status Reporting

   Project Progress Tracking

   Kintana web-based process management tools

   Microsoft Project / Project Central

   Management and Supervision of staff (have managed Systems Integration Specialists, Programmers, Operators, Quality Assurance Coordinators, Administrative Assistants)

   Budget preparation

   Budget monitoring and management

   Vendor negotiations

   Legal agreements translation and review

Business Analysis

Systems Architecture

Quality Assurance

   Requirements Definition

   Proposal evaluation

   Liaison between business and technical staff

 

   System Design

   Design Review Facilitation

   Long Range Systems Planning

   Systems testing

   Systems Assurance Officer

Training / Teaching

Documentation

Research

   End user training

   Esperanto instruction

   Literacy teaching

   Scoring written responses to test questions utilizing rubrics

   Technical Writing

   User Guides

   System Design Documents

   Requirements Documents

   Requests For Proposal (RFPs)

   Requests For Quote (RFQs)

   Compliance Matrix development

   Functional Specifications

   Legal document translation & review

   Graphics design

   Forms design

   Panagon / P8 document repository

   Documentum document repository

   Internet research

   Boolean searching techniques

   Well-versed in state of current technology

Hardware

Software / Operating System / DBMS

Languages (in order of fluency)

SUN SparcServer

Intel

AMD

IBM Mainframe

Tandem

Apple

Guardian

SunOS

Solaris

QNX

Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, PC Linux)

MS DOS

MS Windows

MacOS

MVS/XA

Sybase

Oracle

SQL Server

C

C++

Java

ASP .NET

HTML

FoxPro

Object Oriented Design

MS Access

DBase

Freelance

MS Powerpoint

Cricket Presents (Macintosh)

MS Word

WordPerfect

MS Excel

Lotus 123

Language

Fluency

CEFR* Scale

English

Native speaker

C2

Esperanto

Fluent

B2

Russian

6 yrs in college

B1

German

2 years in college

A2

Italian

1 year in college

A1

Romanian

Working knowledge

Sub-A1

French

Working knowledge

Sub-A1

Spanish

Working knowledge

Sub-A1

Japanese

Working knowledge

Sub-A1

* CEFR = Common European Framework of Reference