Edivandro Conforto, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC) in the areas of Project Management, Agile Project Management, Agility and Improvisation Theory, Lean Product Development, Program Management and Systems Engineering. At MIT Edivandro is responsible for Global Projects particularly focused on Organization transformation through the development of Agility Competences for Innovation.
Prior to joining MIT, Edivandro received his PhD at University of São Paulo, São Carlos Engineering School. He co-authored the first book in the Agile Project Management (APM) published in Brazil (Ed. Saraiva, 2011), named in portuguese “Gerenciamento Ágil de Projetos – aplicação em produtos inovadores“, with more than 2,000 copies sold (to date). He has been worked for 7 years in researching, consulting and teaching areas. He is a regular guest speaker in Project Management Conferences in Brazil and U.S.A., and guest lecturer in MBA courses and executive trainings in Brazil and Europe.
His achievements in the APM field were internationally recognized by project management and operations management associations. He is the first Brazilian to be recognized by the PMI, PMIEF, and the IPMA. Edivandro was honored with the “James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award” (ISPA), 2008 edition, Brazil, promoted by the PMIEF.
In 2009, he was honored with the “Dr. Harold Kerzner Research Grant” sponsored by the International Institute for Learning Inc. and co-sponsored by the PMIEF. In Europe, he received the “IPMA Outstanding Research Contribution 2009” – promoted by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).
In 2010 he received the “Emerging Economies Young Researcher Award” (EEYRA 2010), promoted by the Production & Operations Management Society (POMS – USA). The Award recognizes PhD candidates who demonstrate evidence of substantial promise in their fields and Operations Management related subject. By receiving the EEYRA (2010), Edivandro was also the first Brazilian to be honored in the Project Management field (Agile Project Management research).
Specialties and areas of interest:
Agile Project Management; Agility Theory; Enterprise Agility; Improvisation theory; Management Innovation; Innovative Product Development; Portfolio Management; Program Management; Lean Product Development; Lean Startup; Business Model Innovation; Project Management Office.