Project Management Institute

Benjamin Anyacho, PMP

Senior Project Manager, Operational Excellence Coordinator, Strategic Planning Division, Texas Department of Transportation

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Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Title: Senior project manager, operational excellence coordinator, strategic planning division

Organization: Texas Department of Transportation

Sector: Government

How has your Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification benefited you?

It gave me legitimacy, authenticity and visibility in the project and portfolio management space.

What is most rewarding about your job?

My best days are when a mentee writes to thank me for helping them advance in their career or life pursuits.

What's the biggest challenge you're facing now?

Stakeholder buy-in and continuous engagement on a complex and complicated project.

Describe a typical day for you.

Pants on fire, and still having fun!

If you weren't working in project management, what would your dream role be?

Leadership development. Project management would be a breeze if human beings weren't involved!

What's the best film you've seen recently?

The Hate U Give. Love is greater than hate.

PMI is celebrating its 50th anniversary. What project in the past half-century has inspired you?

Texas Central's US$15 billion high-speed rail project. It will help turn a four-hour drive into a 90-minute trip for the 50,000 people who commute between Dallas and Houston on a weekly basis. PM

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