Oct 10, 2010

We're Blogging from the PMI Global Congress ...

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Site News | 2 Comments

The biggest annual event in project management opens today in National Harbor, MD (just outside Washington DC) and PM Solutions/PM College will be there. The tradeshow kicks off this afternoon; we will be exhibiting at booth #1201 so if you are at the show, please stop by and meet our staff. We’ll be giving away copies of The State of the PMO 2010. Browse our collection of white papers, and perhaps get Kent Crawford to sign a copy of his new book, just hot off the press: the Second Edition of The Strategic Project Office..

On a related note:The PMI Awards were handed out last night, and though their website doesn't mention the runners-up, I'd like to give a shout-out to the folks Norton Healthcare, whose massive hospital construction project was one of the three finalists for the Project of the Year Award. Their EPMO was the PMO of the Year in 2007, and the honor of being short-listed for the PMI award was well-deserved. You can read about them on our PMO of the Year Award site here.

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Janice Weaver says:

Thanks Jeannette!  I appreciate the recognition!

I have to share this quote with everyone from the CEO of Norton Healthcare, Stephen A. Williams. 

I asked Steve for a quote to include in the upcoming feature article in the PM Network.  Our story is supposed to be in the December issue.

This is what he said:

“The entire NBH initiative was a tremendous challenge, in that we would not allow the planners to bring any ‘traditional’ designs, programs, job descriptions, or work processes to the job.  We wanted an entirely new concept hospital that was designed and built based entirely on new thinking, from what the patients and guests optimally wanted in a healthcare experience,  to what the physicians and staff desired in functionality and maximally efficient work processes. Everything was zero based. On top of that, we wanted a ‘green’ facility built in an accelerated time line and within a specific budget.  Simply put, the project would have been impossible to have achieved without our Project Management staff.  And they achieved a result which exceeded everyone’s expectations…..a truly new generation healthcare facility which immediately set a new standard in the community and perhaps the nation.  Project Management made it happen.”

It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Woo hoo!

Janice Weaver

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 2:51 am

Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin says:

I’ll look forward to reading about this in the magazine. Meanwhile, I was struck by the conversation I had this afternoon at the PMI networking session with you Janice, in which you pointed out that the construction of the hospital was not even the primary challenge of the hospital project. Far more challenging was staffing the hospital: hundreds of new roles in a short time, and all of them with the potential to be lifesaving: important stuff. All the more reason to award a project manager who says, as Janice did to me this evening, “every $10,000 I spend could have been another hospital bed.” Her wholistic understanding of the business she is in is an example for other PMs who ask, in sessions like Kent’s “How can I add value?”

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 4:16 am

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