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Optimizing Organizational Performance: Harnessing the Power of Project Management

Recording Date: April 30, 2008
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Do you ever just stop, look around and wish you could read the “thought bubbles” over the heads of your employees? Do you sense that the flurry created by the busy employees running about may not be indicative of work that is aligned with your strategic objectives?

If so, you’re not alone.

According to AstroWix, most corporate-initiated projects are seeking to achieve "Mission Critical" business and financial goals. Each year, an estimated $10 trillion is spent on projects around the world and almost 50% of them fail.

Why? In many instances, the project was running over budget, missing deadlines, and often deemed unimportant or unrelated to the big picture goals.

So what does this have to do with project management?

Simply stated, a lot.

Project management, when viewed as a discipline and supported in an organization from the top down and throughout, empowers people, improves communications, assures that projects are prioritized and resources—both financial and human capital—are on path with the organization's strategic goals.

Senior executives in organizations around the world are focused on developing employees, products and services that will make their shareholders and customers loyal to their organizations. They seek innovation to remain competitive, and they must maintain a competitive lead in order to not drop backwards.

As a member of the management team, you can learn how to bring the field of project management into your organizational environment and lay the foundation for growth and innovation.

What You Will Learn

  • Distinguish between program, project and portfolio, management needs and deployment
  • Become a high-performance organization by utilizing the principles of project management
  • Measure the success of project management
  • Use project, program and portfolio management to create an environment primed for innovation
  • Improve the flow and accuracy of knowledge that is critical to making important financial, operational and talent development decisions

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to achieve performance excellence through project management and reach your strategic objectives.

About the Presenters

Larry Bull is Director, Organization Products with the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is an industrial engineer whose corporate career includes senior leadership roles as Director of Information Services and Chief Financial Planning Officer for CSX Transportation, a national rail transportation company, and Chief Financial Planning Officer for NovaCare, a national healthCare provider.

Prior to joining PMI in 2004 to lead development and operation of OPM3® ProductSuite, Larry directed his own management consulting enterprise specializing in business performance improvement and project leadership. He now directs all organizational product management activities for PMI.

About PMI

With more than 260,000 members in 171 countries, the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI) is the leading global advocate for the project management profession. PMI is engaged in leading the profession by setting professional standards, providing a professional career path for project managers and maintaining a family of globally-transferable professional credentials: the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®), Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Program Management Professional (PgMPSM). Additionally, the institute provides members with access to the knowledge, skills, educational support and networking opportunities needed to drive business results through project management. PMI also is highly regarded for its extensive research program. PMI was founded in 1969. Please visit http://www.pmi.org/ for more information


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