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Nov 20, 2014

High-Value, High-Visibility Projects Hearten this Utility’s Hometown Area

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Portfolio Management, Project Failure & Recovery, Project Management Office (PMO) | 0 Comments

There’s a lot going on in Michigan these days, and DTE Energy plays a role in much of the positive progress the state is enjoying. From the revitalization of Detroit to a massive commitment to clean alternative energy, DTE has relied on its PMO, the Major Enterprise Projects organization, or MEP, to bring... Read More »

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There’s a lot going on in Michigan these days, and DTE Energy plays a role in much of the positive progress the state is enjoying. From the revitalization of Detroit to a massive commitment to clean alternative energy, DTE has relied on its PMO, the Major Enterprise Projects organization, or MEP, to bring... Read More »

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Nov 19, 2014

A World-Class Portfolio Management Office Brings Stability to An Island Nation’s Economy

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Governance, Portfolio Management, Project Management Office (PMO) | 0 Comments

This past Monday was an historic day for the small Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic (DR); Luis Jose Bourget, director of The Central Bank’s Portfolio Management Office, traveled to Miami to accept accolades as a finalist in the PMO of the Year Award competition. As the first Latin American region finalist in... Read More »

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This past Monday was an historic day for the small Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic (DR); Luis Jose Bourget, director of The Central Bank’s Portfolio Management Office, traveled to Miami to accept accolades as a finalist in the PMO of the Year Award competition. As the first Latin American region finalist in... Read More »

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Nov 18, 2014

Implementing Change Amid a “Perfect Storm” of Changes

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Performance Measurement, Project Management Office (PMO), Strategy Execution | 1 Comment

In 2012, WellPoint, one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, serving 67 million people, stood at the center of a “perfect storm” of changes in their markets. A global recession, an aging population of Baby Boomers, and the advent of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) presented the company with what could have... Read More »

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In 2012, WellPoint, one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, serving 67 million people, stood at the center of a “perfect storm” of changes in their markets. A global recession, an aging population of Baby Boomers, and the advent of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) presented the company with what could have... Read More »

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Nov 17, 2014

WellPoint, Inc. Takes the Prize for their Implementation Management Office

Posted by J. Kent Crawford | 2 Comments

We're here at the PMO Symposium in Miami Beach, where we've just had the honor of helping PMI to give out the 2014 PMO of the Year Awards. Here's the winning line-up: 2014 PMO of the Year: WellPoint, Inc. Government Business Division's Implementation Management Office (IMO) Finalists (in alpha order): Central Bank of... Read More »

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We're here at the PMO Symposium in Miami Beach, where we've just had the honor of helping PMI to give out the 2014 PMO of the Year Awards. Here's the winning line-up: 2014 PMO of the Year: WellPoint, Inc. Government Business Division's Implementation Management Office (IMO) Finalists (in alpha order): Central Bank of... Read More »

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Nov 17, 2014

Building the Process Foundation for EPPM Tools

Posted by Allen Young in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Portfolio Management | 0 Comments

Rarely do organizations have any of the second level processes in place unless they developed them to work with a prior vendor’s EPPM tool, and the company is simply dropping it in favor of another vendor’s product. That means in most cases that they have to be created as part of... Read More »

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Rarely do organizations have any of the second level processes in place unless they developed them to work with a prior vendor’s EPPM tool, and the company is simply dropping it in favor of another vendor’s product. That means in most cases that they have to be created as part of... Read More »

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Nov 14, 2014

The Process Side of EPPM Tool Implementations

Posted by Allen Young | 0 Comments

While organizational change issues are, in my opinion, the most significant component of an EPPM tool implementation, the process issues are a close second. By process, I mean at two levels: First level process The overall project and portfolio management discipline level, which the organization has adopted for itself. This includes: Project management methodology, which... Read More »

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While organizational change issues are, in my opinion, the most significant component of an EPPM tool implementation, the process issues are a close second. By process, I mean at two levels: First level process The overall project and portfolio management discipline level, which the organization has adopted for itself. This includes: Project management methodology, which... Read More »

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Nov 12, 2014

Don't Forget to Manage the Organizational Change that EPPM Tools Create

Posted by Allen Young in Culture & Change Management, Portfolio Management, Project Management Training | 0 Comments

Not to sound like a broken record, let me just repeat (and repeat) that organizational change management (OCM) activities should be injected into every EPPM tool implementation. In parallel with the vendor selection process, conduct an organizational change readiness assessment. Areas to focus on include: Sponsorship: Having an authorizing sponsor at the appropriate level is... Read More »

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Not to sound like a broken record, let me just repeat (and repeat) that organizational change management (OCM) activities should be injected into every EPPM tool implementation. In parallel with the vendor selection process, conduct an organizational change readiness assessment. Areas to focus on include: Sponsorship: Having an authorizing sponsor at the appropriate level is... Read More »

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Nov 6, 2014

EPPM and Decisionmaking: The Impact of Tools on Culture

Posted by Allen Young | 0 Comments

In part 1 of this 5-part series, I highlighted several key points that companies should consider as part of the EPPM tool selection process that relate to organizational change readiness, including sponsorship and cultural factors.  Having helped several clients with the tool selection process as well as the implementations themselves, I can say with 100% certainty... Read More »

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In part 1 of this 5-part series, I highlighted several key points that companies should consider as part of the EPPM tool selection process that relate to organizational change readiness, including sponsorship and cultural factors.  Having helped several clients with the tool selection process as well as the implementations themselves, I can say with 100% certainty... Read More »

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