Deliver Successful Program Results in Matrix Organizations

In March, the Microsoft Project Conference 2012 will be conducted in Phoenix, AZ.

I am holding a session on program management. As promised before, here’s the abstract:

Programs often fail due to divided responsibilities. The program manager’s job is to drive a program through different functional departments. The resource managers (e.g. department heads) are planning separately, often not aligning their planning to the programs. This is a typical situation in a company with a matrix organization running programs and projects across the different organizational units.

We will demonstrate how to solve conflicts between program/project- and line-organizations based on a customer use case from the engineering area (global manufacturing/transportation company). Our customer faced the typical problem that the conflict for resources between line management (the owners of resources) and program/project managers (the users of resources) was not properly addressed by the available tools. The session will address:

  1. The basic planning problem in matrix organizations
  2. The process approach on how to solve such a problem in complex engineering programs
  3. The Project Server solution used to manage these projects and the resources working on them

Attend this session to learn about typical project & resource planning conflicts in a matrix organization and how to encounter the challenges of major engineering projects. View a process that addresses those challenges and that leads to an integrated planning process. Learn about the crucial role of Microsoft Project Server and how this process is implemented.

If you are interested, you are more than welcome to attend the session #pc310 at #mspc12. Or drop me a few lines.

Ingo Meironke, PMP – Manager at Campana & Schott@meiroTweet