Tom is a Project Scientist at RTConfidence, Inc., is a co-founder, and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He helps highly productive Agile and Scrum Teams create realistic product development schedules for high-value programs in his consulting work. He uses statistical probabilistic scheduling techniques proven to deliver the best possible timelines that businesses can rely on.
Before founding the company, he worked in Agile Engineering Management at Western Digital Corporation (WDC), where he created the Enterprise SSD Agile Firmware Project Management Office (Agile PMO). At WDC, his teams built and launched industry-leading enterprise SSD products resulting in over $1 billion in sales.
Additionally, Tom has led product development as a director or executive for multiple start-up companies for over 20 years, including SRS Imaging, where he was the Founder and President and raised over $5 million in venture capital. His products ranged from cloud-based SaaS software products to embedded R.F. networking products to laser imaging products. He is an inventor on eight U.S. patents issued on remote storage data security, imaging, wireless printing, secure network transactions, and R.F. signal networking. Tom has worked for over 15 years within Agile and Scrum environments as an Agile Coach, Scrum Master, and Product Owner. He holds a B.S. in Information and Computer Science from UC Irvine and an M.S. in Management and Leadership from Pepperdine University.
Mike is a seasoned business executive, entrepreneur, adjunct professor, author, and corporate consultant. His career includes over 40 years of Product Development within several industries (i.e., aerospace & defense, consumer electronics, industrial equipment and services, clean technology, and software as a service). He has held executive-level positions in numerous functional disciplines, notably in the areas of project, program, PMO (project/program management office) management, and portfolio management. His diverse background has afforded Mike the opportunity to personally experience those practices which are considered “best” within the various industries and disciplines – ergo, the genesis of his publications and RTConfidence products.
Before forming RTConfidence, Mike was a Division General Manager and Officer of AeroVironment, Inc. He was also an executive at Western Digital, where he led many successful organizational transformation initiatives to get the company through a difficult era within the extremely competitive HDD (Hard Disk Drive) and SSD (Solid State Devices) industries. He started his career as a radar system engineer (specializing in digital signal processing, phased array antenna design, and modeling and simulation) in the aerospace & defense industry, and rapidly entered the program management world, where he successfully managed the development of several new products and services. He eventually became a valued organizational change master. Mike holds BSEE, MSEE, and MBA degrees and is PMI® certified as a PfMP® (Portfolio Management Professional). Please preview my introductory video below.
Payson is a Project Scientist at RTConfidence, Inc., a former U.S. Army Ranger, and consulting project manager for Catalysis Group, Inc. in Sacramento. Formally trained as a software engineer, his early career included software development and hardware/software system integration. As his career progressed, his role shifted to include increasing project management responsibilities.
Today, he coaches project managers, teaches project management skills, consults, and performs project reviews in various fields, including transportation, communication, software development, hardware development, education, financial services, social services, and healthcare.