Support that works for your business
Your Project and Programme Managers need to be given the freedom to lead.
For that they need to have effective and efficient support.
That’s where we come in…
Project and Programme Managers tend not to be detail people; they see the big picture; managing their project teams and stakeholders to get things done and deliver outcomes, on time, and to budget. But often the “devil is in the detail”: actions due to have been completed; risks due to have been reviewed. We provide that “backstop”.
We monitor. We chase. We challenge. We report. We escalate.
We can help with:
We can facilitate planning workshops, translating the outputs into a cohesive schedule. We can identify internal and cross-project dependencies and ensure these are modelled appropriately. We can set up generic and specific resources, assign them to tasks and then make adjustments to level resource utilisation. We can set up custom executive-friendly views for communication. We can monitor plans against baseline and prepare regular reports of slipping or late items, together with items due to start or finish in the near future, to help Project and Programme Managers stay on top of their schedules.
We can guide Project Managers on the requirements of your project management methodology (whether this is PRINCE2®, PMBoK® or an in-house method), and help them to apply it. We can perform health checks to identify areas where particular projects may be at risk, and recommend remedial action. We can develop user-friendly document templates. We can facilitate lessons learned studies, and use the results to develop the methodology.
From PID to Post-completion review, we can develop templates that your Project Managers will want to use (because it will save them time and effort), to effectively underpin your PM methodology. We can embed default content or calculations, optimise the layout for printing, and keep the templates updated in the light of any lessons learned.
We can set up systems to gather (and challenge) project and programme information, work with you to devise and measure meaningful KPIs, and distil it all into concise, executive-friendly reports and meeting information packs. We can filter and analyse project data, and find the trends and themes that show to senior management what’s really going on behind the scenes.
Because each of our PMO professionals have professional project management certifications (including PMP®, MSP®and PRINCE2®) and years of experience as Project Managers under their belts (we have the scars to prove it!), we have credibility and empathy with project managers.
The Pragmatic PMO advantage
- Experienced, professionally certified people
(we know our mind maps from our milestones!)
- Practical, pragmatic approach
(we’ll only recommend what we believe will work for you)
- Knowledge transfer
(we’ll show you what we’ve done, so you can keep it going once we’ve gone)