Project Manger Center (Compass Edition)
Welcome to the Project Manager Center, the epicenter of your PMO’s transformation journey. Building upon the foundational skills acquired in Foundationville, this town is dedicated to honing the expertise of your project managers, ensuring they are adept at navigating the complexities of modern project management.
In this town, your project managers will immerse themselves in the practical application of dynamic scheduling, resource demand management, and issue/risk management. They will be guided on creating detailed project schedules, ensuring every task, milestone, and deliverable is meticulously tracked and perfectly aligned with your organization’s strategic objectives.
But it’s not just about mastering the tools and techniques; it’s about harnessing the power of data. Here, project managers will learn to leverage reports to make data-driven decisions, anticipate potential challenges, and ensure the consistent success of their projects.
As your project managers refine their skills behind the scenes, demonstrations commence for Leadership, Resource Managers, HR, and Finance. These demos serve as a window into the transformative capabilities of your PMO, highlighting the tangible benefits and the enhanced visibility it brings to the table.
In the Project Manager Center, your project managers are not merely managing projects; they are sculpting them into masterpieces, ensuring each one is a testament to the PMO’s commitment to excellence.
Foundations University (Training) Evolving from the Foundations Tech training introduced in Foundationville, Foundations University broadens the learning horizon for all Project Managers. This comprehensive curriculum establishes the pillars of Resource Demand Management and Dynamic Scheduling, setting the stage for a transformative PMO journey. It’s where theory meets practice, ensuring every Project Manager is not just informed but empowered.
Status Station (Reporting) This is our first opportunity to harness the power of real-time, automated reporting. By providing up-to-the-minute insights, Status Station ensures Project Managers and decision-makers have access to the most current state of affairs without the need for manual information requests. This suite of reports automates the presentation of current states, past performances, upcoming deliverables, issues, risks, and even includes historical impacts of issues that can influence future risks. With Status Station, you’re not just getting a snapshot; you’re getting a live feed, ensuring timely decisions and proactive responses.
Quality Park (Reporting) Quality Park is your real-time assurance checkpoint. In the world of project management, the timeliness and accuracy of data are paramount. This is why the government created DCMA and the 14pt assessments for government contracts. Quality Park ensures that your project data is not only accurate but also up-to-date. By continuously monitoring the core basics of your projects and portfolios, you can be confident in the dynamic and current status of your data. This real-time quality check ensures that every project aligns with the organization’s strategic objectives and meets the gold standard set in Foundationville. With Quality Park, you’re not just ensuring data quality; you’re guaranteeing timely and informed decision-making.
- Enhanced Productivity: Building upon the increased work output achieved in Foundationville, the broader PM community will now experience a surge in productivity, ensuring more is achieved with the same team.
- Streamlined Toolset: The transition to fewer tools not only reduces costs but also minimizes overhead, leading to a more efficient and streamlined PMO operation.
- End-to-End Consistency: Achieve unparalleled consistency from proposal to close-out, ensuring every project aligns with the organization’s strategic objectives.
- Quality Assurance: With the broader PM community onboard, there’s an increased emphasis on maintaining the quality and timeliness of projects, ensuring every deliverable meets the gold standard set in Foundationville.
- Efficient Communication: The number and duration of meetings are further reduced, leading to faster decision-making and increased trust in the PMO/EPMO.
- Advanced Forecasting: Empower PMs with easy what-if scenarios, allowing them to anticipate challenges and make data-driven decisions for both potential and existing portfolios.
- Proactive Monitoring: An early warning system for dates, work, costs, and scope ensures potential roadblocks are identified and addressed promptly.
- Dynamic Resource Management: Beyond the foundational resource visibility achieved in Foundationville, PMs can now instantly see the impacts of reprioritizing tasks and resources. This includes a comprehensive view of resource allocations across various parameters, ensuring optimal utilization and highlighting any over/under allocations.
- Personalized Demand Visibility: As PMs integrate themselves into the schedules, they gain a clear view of their own demand, ensuring they can balance their workload effectively and prioritize tasks that align with the organization’s goals.
In the Project Manager Center, the benefits of the PMO transformation journey are not just realized but optimized, ensuring every project manager is equipped to drive projects to success.
- Training Finalized: Ensure your training is complete and updated from your Sr. Project Managers feedback. Ensure the training reflects as outlined in the Navigating Enterprise Projects: Course Syllabus (PDF) and that you have the resources to conduct the training.
- Customization: Have report developers and training for application administrators to customize the solution to your company’s processes and terminology as per feedback from the Sr. Project Managers and PMO Leadership.
- All project managers/schedulers
- PMO/EPMO Leadership
- Chosen Application Admin(s)
- Chosen Reporting Developer(s)
If the training has not already been updated or readily available, be prepared for a significant investment in both time and resources to update it. The process of creating comprehensive training materials that align with the Navigating Enterprise Projects: Course Syllabus (PDF) can be extensive, especially if you aim for high-quality content that truly benefits your PMs.
Alternative Option: If you’re implementing Project Online with O365, we offer OnDemand training courses specifically tailored for Foundationville and Project Manager Center. These courses can save you considerable time and effort. For bulk access, contact us for group discounts.
It’s important to give your Project Managers time to ramp up with the training and integrate their new tools, training and features. We usually recommend running behind the scenes for 1-3 months depending on your project managers experience with Resource Demand Management and Dynamic Scheduling before you begin demonstrations to other leaders.
As mentioned in the two previous towns, the initial three towns should be internal endeavors. Ensure the majority of your project managers are trained and benefiting from the solution’s capabilities before publicizing efforts.
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