What I do
Since 2010 Dan Yurman has worked as a consultant/contractor in the Cleveland, OH, area on project management for new product development for Thermo Fisher Scientific, Rockwell Automation, and the Spaceflight Systems Division at NASA Glenn. His specialty is managing third party design and product development firms in the U.S. and in offshore teams in Europe and India. Since 2018 he has been working for a standards development organization in the area of manufacturing of consumer and industrial appliances and equipment that burn natural gas.
Prior to working in northeast Ohio, Mr. Yurman worked for two decades (1989-2009) as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) where he held portfolios for technology commercialization, business development, and strategic planning at the lab. The INL is a center of excellence for nuclear engineering R&D.
In 2017 he took a year off to give back to the Cleveland community with a consulting project management role as an Encore Fellow, funded by the Cleveland Foundation, at Business Volunteers United. The purpose of the project was to improve the performance of nonprofits in the Cleveland metro area in their use of information technology.
Mr. Yurman holds a Masters Degree in urban planning and a Bachelors Degree in economics.
Success in project management is defined three ways. First, a successful project is on time. Second, it is within budget, and third, and most important, it is what the customer wanted in the first place. A caveat is that in any process in which requirements are not set, or vague, product quality, and non-conformance, will be randomly distributed. Also, personality counts. In this business you don't have to be a diplomat, but it often helps to think and act like one.
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