ITA Spotlight: Brian McHugh, Principal, Trissential
Monday, November 5, 2018
Posted by: Gary Hotze
Brian McHugh, Principal, Trissential
Trissential is a global management consulting firm focused on Business Agility and Quality, helping organizations achieve optimal results with three Essentials – Effective Strategy, Efficient Management, and Exceptional Execution.
Chicagoan by birth or relocation?
I was born and raised on the northside.
How did you come to work with Trissential?
I followed two colleagues to Trissential. The firm I was working for had changed its focus and I was looking for an organization that was a better fit for me. Trissential was a great match for me. Additionally, I was given the opportunity to be part of the leadership team and to help grow the Chicago office.
What about SQS/Trissential was appealing?
I was intrigued by Trissential’s focus and offerings. We help our clients improve their project and program management capabilities so that they are better able to identify, manage and deliver projects that are aligned to their strategy. Many organizations spend budget on projects and programs that deliver late, never deliver or end up not having the intended business value. I wanted to be part of an organization that helps clients be more successful at the project, program and portfolio level and helps them to produce business value faster.
What other roles have you held in the industry? How did they lead you to where you are now?
I have been in consulting for approximately 20 years and in Management Consulting for 12 years. I started out managing interactive and web design projects. As I gained experience, clients trusted me more with larger, more complex efforts such as custom application development and infrastructure projects. Eventually, I moved on to leading larger programs and more complex, cross-functional and highly-visible efforts. My consulting experience has helped me to be a more effective leader since I often have to effect change and drive projects without direct positional authority. Additionally, I have gained experience with how organizations manage their programs and portfolios of projects and I have had the opportunity to help organizations become more effective in these areas.
What do you like most about what you do?
I like the opportunity to help solve problems for my clients. Often they aren’t sure how to deliver a particular effort, a project is stalled or they are not confident that a project will complete on time or on budget. I enjoy building a team, driving an effort to completion and solving problems for clients.
Which achievement at Trissential are you most proud of?
I am most proud of leading a Project and Program Management Community of Practice. We recently merged with another company and this community has helped build a bridge between people with common interests and passion across both organizations.
What’s your outlook on the local tech industry?
I believe the local tech industry is in a great position for growth due to the lower cost of living and cost of business operations in Chicago compared to the east or west coasts. With Facebook coming to downtown and Google already here, I believe Chicago is in a great spot to retain a lot of the tech talent from schools such as the University of Illinois, UIUC and IIT.
What do you think are the top issues facing the Illinois tech community?
I think the issues facing the Illinois Tech community are similar to the rest of Illinois. I believe the financial position of the state and of Chicago could impact people’s willingness to move to Illinois and stay here. To combat this, politicians need to make hard decisions and get both entities in more sound fiscal shape.