Project Management Consulting

Do you need advice on structuring a PMO?

Are you building your project management standards?

Would a project management expert help you kick off a project or keep a project team on track?

Versatile brings hard-won expertise in project management best practices to improve the way your organization delivers projects. Our consulting services create rapid changes that bring quick rewards.
 
  • Building a PMO- Versatile can provide advice or temporary staffing to help address key PMO success factors.
  • Coaching for Executives- Versatile consultants can help boost project results by coaching executives and/or teams.
  • Virtual Project Planning- Versatile provides planning and control support for your project management plans.
  • The EPM Model- Use Versatile's EPM Model to break down and evaluate your project management practices.
  • Project Management Methodology- Versatile can show you how to put a common project management methodology into practice for excellent results.

The Enterprise Project Management Model

Project management is an established discipline with evolving best practices. Versatile’s consulting process breaks your project management practices down to evaluate them and identify areas for improvement.

Process Assessment - Our Enterprise Project Management model forms the basis for evaluationproject management process assessment

-Source: Eric Verzuh, Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, 5th edition (2016)


Structured deliverables - Based on the assessment of these areas, you’ll receive a report detailing specific gaps and recommendations for making improvements.

Phased implementation - We use a phased implementation model to make rapid, visible changes and minimize the disruption of organizational change. 

Free Consultation! - Begin the journey to improved project delivery.  Contact us to learn more: projects@versatilecompany.com

Building Your PMO

A Project Management Office is critical to integrating project management into the culture and processes of your organization.

To help you build your PMO faster, Versatile can provide advice or temporary staffing to address these key PMO success factors:

  • Put the PMO in the right location in the organization. Maximize effectiveness with appropriate authority and scope.
  • Clearly identify the PMO's responsibilities. A strong charter keeps early PMO activities focused and establishes consistent expectations for the PMO among the people it will serve.
  • Develop a PMO implementation plan. A PMO's duties should evolve with the evolution of project management in your firm.

PMO Solutions

Project Selection is The Most Important Decision

The first and most important decision in the life of the project is the ‘Go/No Go’ decision.

Most project management training assumes that a project has been approved and is worthwhile.

Project management consulting creates standards: the first standard should be a common format for proposing a potential project.

Terry Schmidt will present a must-see webinar about this critical topic. We’ve begun to introduce the Logical Framework in our project management training and it really works!!

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The Standard Work Breakdown Structure is the Start of Maturity

In our Microsoft Project training, we teach students the power of having a Microsoft Project template. Templates are created so that every project uses the same Task List, also known as a Work Breakdown Structure.

As we currently create a self-paced eLearning version of our Microsoft Project training, that issue comes up repeatedly.

The Project Management Office is the most logical source for creating Microsoft Project templates to use in your Microsoft Project training.

Some projects struggle with standard work breakdown structures. Mark Mullaly has a webinar posted on www.projectmanagement.com that addresses this challenge.

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Does Your PMO Promote CAPM Certification?

The Puget Sound PMI Chapter is sponsoring PMP Exam Prep Training and CAPM Exam Prep training. The chapter's classes meet the project management training requirements for both of these certifications.

www.PSPMI.org.

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The PMO Needs to Take a Stand On PMP Certification

PMP Certification is popular and requires 35 hours of project management training before you can sit for the exam.

PMP certification doesn't make sense for every person who leads a project. It is best for people who have committed to a career in project management. And even organizations that are strongly project-driven have opted not to value the PMP certification, choosing instead to promote project management training that builds skills and is aligned with their own processes.

The PMO should be an active participant in this ongoing discussion about the value and proper place the PMP certification holds in an organization. This video from www.pmi.org adds a personal perspective. 

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A PMO Should Promote Investment in Distance Communication Tools

When you attending project management in a live classroom, there is a lot of interaction. Hands-on project management training integrates your real-world projects and therefore you learn faster and are better able to put the learning to work.

But what if your team is actually never sitting down side-by-side, like you do when you attend project management training? That's when tools like www.GoToMeeting. and www.WebEx.com and www.Skype.com all make a huge impact.

If you wander through a www.Starbucks.com store, you are likely to see friends having a live online chat. They literally see each other and connect emotionally as though they were both sitting at the table. Of course, this type of conversation is more common among younger generations than older generations.

The PMO has a right and responsibility to think about communication technology for geographically distributed teams.

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Does Your PMO Organize PMP Exam Preparation Classes?

The PMO should set the strategy for project management training. Is it skill development only? What is the value of PMP certification? This video from www.PMI.org has perspectives from certified PMPs.

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Can Agile and Waterfall Development Methods Co-Exist?

During a recent project management class at Amazon, we discussed the benefits of traditional waterfall development methods vs agile. Both approaches have their strengths and weaknesses. The capable project manager - like the accomplished carpenter who can use a chain saw and a coping saw - knows both approaches and uses them appropriately.

The current edition of The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management committed a new chapter to this discussion in hopes of providing a better understanding. Watch the following helpful video from www.pmi.org.

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