Project Management Seminar well attended
Seminar focuses on the Project Management Office (PMO)
Kent Crawford was the featured speaker for the
project management seminar.
Rob Trimble welcomes the audience and
introduces the featured speaker. Trimble was the
event sponsor and is the acting executive director
of COT's Office of Enterprise Policy and Project
Kent Crawford gestures as he makes a point
during his presentation.
(L-to-R) Rob Trimble, Kent Crawford, Mike Pohler
of PM Solutions, and Tom Ferree, deputy
commissioner of COT.
On Oct. 5, the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) hosted a seminar entitled The Strategic PMO and the Public Sector by Kent Crawford, noted author, speaker and former president and chair of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Over 100 employees and managers from numerous agencies across state government gathered at the Transportation Cabinet Conference Center in Frankfort to hear Crawford. Attendees learned about the project management approaches and strategies that Crawford developed from his extensive experience and puts to use in his highly successful project management consulting practice.
Crawford is a recipient of the PMI Fellow Award, PMI's highest and most prestigious individual honor. He is also the award-winning author of The Strategic Project Office: A Guide to Improving Organizational Performance, for which he won a David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award from PMI. He also authored Optimizing Human Capital With a Strategic Project Office, and Project Management Maturity Model: Providing a Proven Path to Project Management Excellence.
In his remarks, Crawford discussed the different types of project management offices and shared recent research about the functions often performed by PMOs. He shared his experience about the critical success factors that determine if a PMO will thrive and add value to the enterprise's bottom line. He also described the top ten challenges to project success, and identified the types of staffing resources that are required for successful PMOs. One of Crawford's most interesting topics was the emerging role of the chief project officer in many corporations, a senior officer responsible for managing all project management activities within a company or enterprise. He also explained how project management maturity differentiates high-performing companies from average performers.
The seminar was sponsored by COT's Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) within the Office of Enterprise Policy and Project Management. A survey taken by COT immediately following the event elicited overwhelmingly positive comments on both the speaker and the presentation.