Parker Painter founded Artizen in 1991 and leads the practice today. But even as founder and leader of Artizen, he models all that makes Artizen unique. Which is to say, he spends about 80 percent of his time doing hands-on management of large programs for clients. He is a certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and has led large scale Agile transformations for Fortune 100 clients.
Parker started his program management career with Accenture, a Big Four consulting company, but it wasn’t many years before clients were interested in engaging him directly. And so began his life as an independent program management consultant. Not only did his consultancy thrive, it also became the ideal laboratory for perfecting the vision, strategy and skills that led to Artizen. Today Artizen is one of the few companies to focus entirely on hands-on, large program management.
But Parker has been focused for a long time. At age 12, he set his sights on becoming one of two things—a professional basketball player or an engineer. His love of basketball grew to towering heights, but he did not, so he wisely cultivated his lifelong desire to “build stuff.” His new focus bore abundant fruit. He earned his engineering degree at Georgia Tech (graduating magna cum laude), then added an MBA in finance at the University of Florida. Today he builds stuff by managing large-scale programs. He also builds great teams to execute those programs.
And while nothing distracts him from his client’s best interests, he of course has interests that go beyond the workplace. Above all, he loves hanging out with his family (from whom, he says, he’s learned a lot about program management). He also logs about 20 miles a week hiking the hills of the San Francisco peninsula, accompanied by his intrepid dog Bailey. And for a real shift in perspective, he takes to the Sierra Range for long trail rides on his well-worn KTM 450 Dual Sport motorcycle.