R.M. Bastien

About me

Author, Speaker & Consultant

R.M. Bastien


Guiding You to Radical Change in the Business Architecture of Your IT Function.

The typical engagement model of digital teams in organizations has fundamental flaws that make it impossible for them to provide the value you should be getting.

I help you understand where the genuine root causes lie, their true nature, and what to do to counterbalance them.   Fortunately there’s nothing technical about all this.

Over the course of three decades, I’ve held multiple roles in the IT departments of midsize to large organizations: programmer, business analyst, tester, database administrator, solution architect, data architect, enterprise architect, systems integrator.  I also held several IT management positions, leading teams of IT architects in insurance, travel and transportation, telecommunications and banking.  As an IT project management professional, I delivered projects of all kinds and oversaw the implementation and continuous improvement of project management offices.  As a consultant, I help my customers implement governance mechanisms to improve communications, quality or control and I made several organizational assessments of their IT architecture capability.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and a research-oriented master’s in business administration. I’ve been a certified project management professional (PMP)© for sixteen years.

from a more

personal angle…

People often characterize me as a person that viscerally needs to understand. They’re right, and it has been a constant quest for all my life. There isn’t a day where I do not challenge myself or others about the comprehension of something.  


 I consider myself more an ignorant than an erudite.  At times it may annoy others, but it has allowed two things to happen in the past 30 years while working in the IT function of medium to large organizations: try different roles and learn.  It’s the result of that relentless quest for an answer to all sorts of questions that has led to a more structured way of sharing those learnings – and then learn even more while giving to others.  

I have the soul of the adventurer.  Trying things that I’ve never done before excite and energize me.  I’m no reckless, and most of the things that some would call crazy, I’ve done them prudently, whether it’s building a dining table from raw wood rather than just buying it, crossing the ocean on a 43 foot sailboat rather than taking an airplane, or ice climbing on winter mornings instead of staying near the fireplace.