Richard (Dick) Sperry, PhD, PMP, is a Senior Consultant and Seminar Leader for Cadence Management Corporation with over 25 years of experience in Project and Functional Management. He also provides quality assurance oversight and risks assessment for large high-risk information technology projects. Dick continues to explore new project management methodologies and has developed a practical understanding of Agile and how it complements traditional project management. Dick has been a project manager in the high-tech industry and he brings educational and hard-hitting anecdotes into the classroom. Cadence graduates say that he is accessible and always provides careful, detailed answers to their questions.
Dick is a published author, Adjunct Professor, and Fellow Researcher at Portland State University. His current research involves understanding the challenges in adaptive project management for organizations with very high levels of innovation in new product development. Other research involves the development of a novel technology assessment methodology using fuzzy cognitive mapping to systematically capture and model stakeholder and expert views. By integrating these diverse perspectives, management and product planning can evaluate the impact of alternative technology alternatives and product concepts on stakeholders thus, ensuring their decisions are economically, socially and environmentally acceptable.
His wealth of business and project experience is brought into training and consulting assignments by providing multiple examples of practical application. Dick has a computer science degree from State University of New York, a master’s degree in Engineering and Technology Management from Portland State University, and a PhD in Technology Management from Portland State University.
Dick joined Cadence in 2012 and has extensive training and consulting experience working with new and existing clients. He has a full-range expertise, which includes strategic planning, process reengineering, technology assessment, technology road mapping, product development, portfolio and project management, and project risk assessment. Experience includes:
- Provided project consulting and training services in variety of companies and industries – manufacturing, semiconductor, aerospace, technology, retail and others. Recent assignments include TriQuint (Qorvo), Rockwell Collins, AkzoNobel, Daimler, and SUPERVALU.
- Worked closely with numerous project and client teams to mentor and provide quality assurance oversight on high risk multi-million dollar technology projects for the State of Washington, Oregon State, and City of Portland. Projects use traditional PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Agile, Lean and Stage-Gate®.
- Directed departmental work activities for analysts and developers, staffed project teams, negotiated client deliverables and ensured contracted deliverables met contractual provisions and formally accepted per customers. Mentored personnel in engineering quality standards set forth by Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) CMMI and Key Process Areas (KPA).
- Recent publications include: Fuzzy Cognitive Maps for Product Planning: Using Stakeholder Knowledge to Achieve Corporate Responsibility; Theoretical Framework for Managing the Front End of Innovation under Uncertainty; Fuzzy Cognitive Maps to Implement Corporate Social Responsibility in Product Planning: A Novel Approach; and Mergers and Acquisitions: Team Performance.
- Teaches Project Management at Portland State University for the Engineering and Technology Management graduate program.
Dick is an active member in the Project Management Institute, and certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).