Setting up a PMO can range from a
simple execution of an out of the box solution through to an enabler
for transformational change. The former is often a bolt on capability
which is often perceived as a data hungry bureaucratic overhead that
significantly underplays the business benefits that may be realised from
a PMO. Using the PMO as an enabler for transformation change is a more
enlightened solution, but it brings with it a range of challenges.
Innovation. Its everywhere and
everyone is doing it in one form or another or at least they claim to
be. Having a clear vision and innovation plan is something that needs
careful consideration otherwise innovation can degenerate into a product
of boyish enthusiasm and a brainstorming session. Having a good idea is
a major step forward, but having a winning idea often takes focused
Its an exciting time for a SME in
the UK. A new era appears to be upon us, levelling the playing field
with the prime contractors and major multi nationals, particularly in
the field of Portfolio, Programme and Project management.
There is an ever growing trend
for SMEs (Small Medium Enterprise) to demonstrate their innovation
credentials. The agility by which an SME is able to drive forward
innovative proposals is often envied by multinationals, but the
processes which can stifle multinationals are a product of a huge amount
of experience and lessons learned. How can the SME integrate this
experience without stifling their creativity and agility?
There are a wide range of
organisations that have a strong desire to capture and share knowledge,
but very few that are able to demonstrably deliver a positive impact on
future organisational performance. Most organisations try they have
lessons learned systems, project reviews, lunchtime briefings,
newsletters and a plethora of other systems. But the constraint is not
the systems that push the knowledge, its the culture and appetite of
individuals to pull the knowledge.
Becoming an engineer takes years
of hard work and dedication, and while the rewards may seem intangible
at first those who persevere embark on an exciting and challenging
career than will take them across the world.We spoke to i3Works Director
Terry O’Dowd about his career so far, and what insight he would give to
aspiring engineers.Terry was part of the award winning 2012 Olympic
Park Project team and has over 30 years experience behind him.