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

 
Every Industry Uses Project Management. But In Their Own Way.  

The science of project management stays constant. The key topics you've seen in project management training over the past thirty years have not changed dramatically. Even the PMBOK hasn't changed dramatically, even as it adds new knowledge areas. 

When I presented project management training at Amazon, we had very different conversations than when we presented project management training at Fortive. Both are Seattle-area companies. But the information security group at Amazon had much different projects than the HR leaders at Fortive. 

David Davis has his own special insights on Project Management in the Manufacturing sector. Check it out. You'll see what's the same and how manufacturing companies do things differently than tech companies. 

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Include Requirements Management in Your Standards. 

Your project management standards should be reinforced in the project management training you organize for the PMO and project managers in your organization. 

Be sure to answer the key question answered by www.ProductPlan.comWhat's the difference between Product Management and Project Management? 

Most online project management training won't tell you how to set the requirements or product features, because that is outside the scope of project managers - that's what the product managers do!! 

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Need a Dashboard? Everyone Else Does Too. 

During a recent Project Management Office Roundtable (PMOR) meeting in Seattle, the topic was dashboards. 

Microsoft BI is starting to look like the runaway favorite. They follow Tableau’s lead, and they are closing quickly. As usual, BI is packaged with your other Microsoft product purchases, so it is easy to find and use. 

Jason Westland published a blog on projectmanagement.com about PM Tools. It is worth a read. He’ll explain why you want a dashboard. 

One takeaway that I shared during a recent project management training was that everyone wants two things in the dashboard: 

Multi-project resource views  

Multi-project progress overview 

We can show you how to do both in SharePoint!! 

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