PSBJ Best Places to Work Awards Ceremony 2014

PSBJ Awards Ceremony

Plaster Group had a great time last night at Safeco Field attending the Puget Sound Business Journal’s awards ceremony for the winners of 2014 Washington’s Best Places to Work. The energy at this event was amazing as we found ourselves surrounded by 1200 people who all took great pride in the places they work. We are thrilled to announce this accomplishment as it showcases Plaster Group’s most important commodity – our employees, and the great company culture they cultivate. Here’s to make the top 25 list again next year as we continue to grow!

 

Program Management Best Practices

“Right-sized” PMO best practices help drive effectiveness, transparency, and

Challenge

Our client needed to implement some PMO best practices in order to help manage a large, multi-year, highly-matrixed, transformational program. A project framework did exist in part of the organization, but it only existed for IT projects and using that framework was optional. Additionally, not all of this programs’ projects were IT projects, so practices tailored to this program’s effort were needed.

Approach

Plaster Group provided project leadership expertise in the implementation and practice of core program management practices, including risk and issue management, schedule management, integrated change control, scope management, and monitoring/measuring program results. In addition, because the organizational maturity around these practices was low, we right-sized the amount of rigor, detail, and process to appropriately fit the situation, and to help ensure success.

Solution

With direction and leadership from the Plaster Group, the program’s team of project PMs was able to come together around a common set of appropriately-sized best practices by which to run their projects. We worked with the client and group of stakeholders to understand the problem areas, then recommended, gained acceptance and implemented appropriate processes, leveraging a mixture of SharePoint, Excel, and Project Server 2010 to do so. We configured and implemented Microsoft Project Server 2010 to be able to manage all of the project schedules centrally, to track cross project dependencies, and to have accurate visibility into an enterprise resource pool, which was key since many resources are working on multiple projects.

Results

Overall stakeholder satisfaction with Program Management went up significantly. Weekly PM team meetings rapidly became more effective, risks and issues started being proactively surfaced, tracked and managed, statusing and reporting became more transparent, clearer, and more automated, and a common set of PM expectations was established.