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 Management Software - Where Do We Start With Requirements? 

During a very interesting meeting with local HR project leaders, they talked about which project management software would help them and whether a program management tool that provided multi-project resource visibility was really useful. 

The CHRO was adamant that the real requirement was delivering great projects, on time, to their internal customers. She really had no use for a multi-project resource modeling tool. But I asked the HR leaders responsible for delivering the projects whether they needed that view - and the agreement was unanimous. 

One of the most common questions in project management training is "which tool is best?" The answer has to do with what problem you are trying to solve.  

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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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When Your Project Team Combines Millennials and Boomers (And Everyone in Between) 

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. 

What about the art of leadership? Is the workforce changing? Do we need different strategies for Millennials than worked for Boomers

Yes and no, say Jennifer Deal and Alec Levenson, authors of What Millennials Want From Work. While the work place has evolved over the past 40 years - including trends like working remotely and being accessible by mobile phone and email at least 16 hours a day - what your workforce wants is surprisingly the same across generations. Everyone wants flexibility. Everyone wants meaningful work. And the youngest workers are always the most impatient. 

Apparently this topic is particularly important for project managers: Dana Brownlee's July 27 webinar, Managing Millennials and Multi-Generational Teams, has 1000 people registered. I'll be watching the recording so I can be sure Versatile's project management training in Seattle, online, and onsite is up to date on this important topic. 

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