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

A Practical Book for the Occasional Project Manager 

You want something that is easy to read, easy to scan, and super practical. 

This is the book we hand out in our project management training for non-PMs

See what people are saying about it: 

“Really enjoying this book so far! It's well written, engaging, concise, and really lays out the PM function and role!” 

“This is a great book. It is a total page turner. So easy to read and a great helper to understand pmbk guide. Great real experiences and lots of downloadable free reference documents.” 

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Does Your Process Promote Leadership? 

The PMO (Project Management Office) is full of processes, stages, gates, templates, and dashboards. No surprise. 

If you were Dr. Frankenstein, you’d have all the pieces but would you have life? 

Marco Velarde writes on project leadership at MPUG (Microsoft Project Users Group). He says great project managers “Love Project Management.” 

I’ll buy that.  

He also says they are confident. Check. 

I’d add a few more that your PMO could support: 

Process oriented.  

Seeking the truth. 

Making decisions in the context of the project goal. 

Trustworthy. Your team will work hard for a trustworthy leader. A leader has no use for B.S. 

During project management training in Seattle for a bank, the hardworking people in class had important projects and they were willing to put the new techniques to work – but were suspicious of the PMO.  

The PMO and all its processes are overhead. Unless the projects run faster with better results, the overhead is a waste. 

Use that as your compass.

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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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