Hamid Faridani is a Senior Training and Consulting Associate with Procept Associates Ltd. His experience is in managing information technology projects, spending 23 years managing projects for IBM Canada. He led the development of IBM products at the IBM Toronto Lab. As part of IBM Global Services, Hamid delivered projects across insurance, banking, retail and government sectors. He specialized in consulting on troubled engagements, ensuring success of large, high risk projects, establishing trusted customer relationships and ensuring high client satisfaction. As Service Delivery Manager he was responsible for all aspects of software testing engagement including pricing and contract negotiations, project staffing, delivery management and engagement completion. Hamid provided project management leadership to the IBM PM community and was dedicated to helping develop the profession and mentoring other project managers in their career and professional goals.
As an IBM Risk Manager, he was responsible for ensuring that a large portfolio of IT engagements were following documented solution delivery process steps. Hamid ensured that any potential exposures to successful proposal and delivery were identified and addressed. He identified risk areas and recommended workable containment plans, reviewed project plans and recommended changes in plans and resourcing to cover any omissions. He ensured that the scope and responsibilities were well-defined and documented. Hamid mentored other project managers in managing complex, high risk engagements. He also performed PM reviews as part of consulting engagement for external customers.
Hamid holds a PhD in electrical engineering from University of California. Prior to joining IBM, he spent over 10 years as an academic, teaching and conducting research at electrical engineering departments at universities in US, Iran and Canada. His last academic position was Associate Professor at University of Windsor.
Hamid is one of the founders of the first Systems Engineering departments in Iran. As department head, he led the establishment of the department, development of the curriculum and the hiring of faculty members.
Hamid started teaching project management (PM) courses as part of IBM Global Campus and later he joined PM certificate programs at University of Toronto and Ryerson University. After retiring from IBM, Hamid expanded his work at U of T and Ryerson, developing a number of new courses and conducting workshops for corporate customers. Hamid has been a frequent presenter at Project Management Institute chapter meetings. He has published over thirty papers in international journals and has refereed conferences on systems engineering, risk management, estimation and control theory.