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 As Jim Kneeland says, “Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles created the Strategic Project Office (SPO) because we found most executive sponsors lacked the skills to be executive sponsors. Each month the 12 person executive committee would review all active projects and look at new proposed projects in an open meeting forum. Each month the group would get better at understanding the project process and how to be a good executive sponsor. They would ask better questions and dig deeper into the process. Understand the issue more adroitly and make better overall decisions on how each project should progress.They also got very good at knowing when and how to kill a project that was not going to make it wasting tax payer dollars. What I found to be very interesting is that in a mostly political body there was a flack of political maneuvering. Since it was an open body everyone focused on how each project could benefit the state.” Effectively functioning a well-versed executive team. 


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Project Management ExpertiseExecutive Sponsor

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Jim Kneeland

Jim Kneeland is currently the Executive Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, RMV Division, responsible for a $100+ million dollar innovation effort to rewrite all the applications at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. An MBA and PMP, Jim is also a certified and warranted federal contract officer and taught IT at Northeastern University for over 20 years. As CIO for the Registry of Motor Vehicles in the early nineties he implemented a number of state-of-the art IT solutions which included the credit card style license.
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