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:
- The basic planning problem in matrix organizations
- The process approach on how to solve such a problem in complex engineering programs
- 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.