Mike Bissonette is a seasoned business executive, entrepreneur, adjunct professor, training consultant and author. He has over 37 years of research and development experience within several industries (i.e., Aerospace, Commercial Electronics, Industrial Equipment and Services, Clean Technology, IT and SaaS), and has led the development of a myriad of products and services. Mike began his professional career as a radar system engineer and progressed into several technical and project/program/portfolio manager roles. His experience spans Fortune 500 companies and small start-up companies. He has held executive level positions over many functional disciplines, including: Project Management Offices, Engineering, Operations, Procurement, Product Management, and Quality Assurance. He has also held the position of division General Manager (SVP and Officer) of a public company.
Mike co-founded RTConfidence, LLC (a company that is developing and innovative cloud-based management system which contains specialized IP, including Machine Learning technology), and Build2Scale, Inc. (a company that works with start-ups and young companies seeking investment and accelerated growth).
Mike is a certified PfMP® (Portfolio Management Professional), an EIR (Expert in Residence) at UC Irvine’s Applied Innovation Center, and currently teaches a blended (both in-person and on-line) class in Clarkson University’s MS in Engineering Management curriculum, entitled “Strategic Project Management” -- a Quality Matters certified course.
Mike is considered a thought leader in certain industries, has spoken at numerous events, and has taught many project management and product development related courses. His unique professional experience has afforded Mike a broad and diverse perspective of project management and what it takes to be a successful project manager, not to mention, what it takes to be a successful company in this ever-changing, highly competitive, global marketplace. He has recently published a text book “Project Risk Management: A Practical Implementation Approach” through the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and has contributed to PMI’s recently released PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge) Guide, Sixth Edition, and The Standard for Portfolio Management, Fourth Edition.
Mike holds a BSEE degree from Clarkson University, a MSEE from CSU, Long Beach, and an MBA from UC, Irvine.
Mike is a volunteer in probation at juvenile detention facilities (in Orange county, CA), is a sports enthusiast, enjoys oil-painting, is married, has four children, and lives in Southern California.