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Outreach Special Event: The Competitive Advantage of PMO Leadership
Event : 
Thursday, May 18, 2017
PMI Talent Triangle: 
Strategic and Business Management
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Program Description: 

There is no magic wand for good practice project management. Oftentimes organizations think they can just apply off the shelf methodology (e.g. lean, six sigma, agile) and simply apply them to the organization. While these are all good standard practice methodologies, by recognizing the relevance of each and applying them to internal procedures and the organizational toolbox, these ‘good’ methodologies become best practices – a hybrid approach. 

The one area you have to be absolutely ruthless within your organization is project selection. Leading the effort should be an enterprise project and portfolio management approach, which provides structure (including gate reviews and milestones), standards, reporting procedures, training and team management. A Project Management Office (PMO) can be the backbone of a successful project management approach by assuring that project delivery is managed in a controlled way.

Speaker(s) Bios: 

John McGrath, PhD, is a project management professor at the Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), global consultant and speaker. He has extensive experience in deploying enterprise PMO systems within the medical devices and pharmaceutical sectors. John has provided executive education programs and lead project management to over 150 global companies and government agencies - including the London and Rio Paralympics, United Nations and the World Bank. 

John is passionate about engaging project teams, building trust and fostering collaborative interactions with competing stakeholders. "I teach, coach and consult on project management issues... shoulder to shoulder with many of my clients for over two decades." Dr McGrath is associated with, and a champion of Cora Systems, which provides EPPM solutions and services to government agencies and large-scale global organizations, including life sciences, healthcare, and engineering & construction.


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