Washington DC: The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) just released on March 12, 2020, the new update of their standard COST ESTIMATING AND ASSESSMENT GUIDE: Best Practices for Developing and Managing Program Costs. This update received contributions and reviews from a panel of selected international experts, including Alexandre Rodrigues, Executive Partner of PMO Projects Group. This GAO Standard is publicly available here.
Moscow: Russia's publicly owned State Atomic Energy Corporation, ROSATOM, is currently enrolled in the development of an internal Project Management methodology called TCM-NC based on AACE's Total Cost Management framework adapted for nuclear construction. An international workshop was organized bringing together some of the world experts in Cost Engineering, formally appointed by ROSATOM to deliver counseling. Alexandre Rodrigues was invited to present the EVM control method.
London: The acclaimed seminal book Advances in Project Management covers key areas of improvement in understanding and project capability further-up the management chain. Drawn from some of the world’s leading practitioners and researchers, including Dr. Alexandre Rodrigues, and compiled by Professor Darren Dalcher of the National Centre for Project Management (UK), this book provides new approaches and novel perspectives that will improve decisions.
Europe: one of the most important research projects in medicine and computer science ever funded by the European Commission, this project was aimed at making significant advances in the forecasting of epileptic seizures. PMO Projects was contracted as the partner company to implement Project Risk Management.
Astana: the North Caspian Operating Company in Kazakhstan selected PMO Projects Group to train their professionals in Cost Engineering and Project Controls (Earned Value Management). PMO Projects Portugal was selected as an European company accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE) as an Approved Education Provider (AEP).
Sofia: the Canadian based international mining company Dundee Precious Metals, acquired PMO Projects Portugal services to receive advise on how to implement the Earned Value Management (EVM) method as the basis to control their projects, in particular at Chelopech in Bulgaria. An EVM seminar and workshop delivered by PMO Projects for Chelopech took place in Sofia.
Maputo: the company MOZAL from the Australian based BHPBilliton international group - one of the world's largest producer of aluminum and one of the most important companies for the sustained development of the Mozambican economy - has established what is currently a 14 years long partnership with PMO Projects Group to develop and improve their internal Project Management competencies and processes through both training and consultancy.
Belo Horizonte: The Brazilian company Samarco, assessed by the Exame magazine as the Best Mining Company of Brazil and the second largest in its sector, selected PMO Projects Brasil for the implementation of the project control method Earned Value Management (EVM). The support of PMO Projects will focus on defining the processes of project and portfolio management aligned with the latest international standard from PMI: the Practice Standard for Earned Value Management (2nd Edition). The work now underway initiated in January 2014.
Barquisimeto: one of the largest construction companies in South America, Odebrecht Engineering and Construction, selected the companies PMO-Projects-Brazil and PMO-Projects-Portugal to implement an integrated project risk management process in a mega-construction project in the industrial production sector, currently underway in Venezuela. This engagement was initiated in May 2013 and extended throughout 2014, following the project's execution.
Johannesburg: since May 2013, the world's largest producer of steel, has been selecting on a continuous basis PMO Projects South Africa in order to train their Project Managers based on the international standards from the Project Management Institute (PMI), by performing one of the most internationally renowned courses in our portfolio: the Complete Project Management®. The last two editions were held at ArcelorMittal Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.
June 2011, Johannesburgh, PMI South Africa
The South African Chapter of the Project Management Institute invited Alexandre Rodrigues, Executive Partner of PMO Projecs Group, to conduct a seminar in Johannesburg, dedicated to the topic "Advanced Uses of Earned Value Management".
The seminar took place on June 23rd, at the Rand Merchant Bank, Building 3, Fredman Drive No.1, Sandton, between 18:00 and 19:00 hours. The room was almost full with about 40 delegates having attended the event.
According to the Geoff Fitzhenry PMP, Deputy VP Marketing & Communications of the Chapter: "...the feedback received from a number of people that attended the meeting was that it was very enlightening [... Alexandre] presented a seemingly simple principle, that we all make complicated, in a simple way [...] the energy after a long travel to get to South Africa goes to show the passion he has for the work he does."
The presentation started by summarizing the main lessons learned in the practical implementation of Earned Value in projects, over the last 10 years of experience at PMO Projects in various industries and in different parts of the world, including Europe, Africa and Australia.
Dr. Rodrigues then moved onto presenting the key novelties of his model – the EVM Strategic Model(TM) – where the basic EVM method is presented as a tool for the strategic management of project-based business models. This includes enhancements to the application of EVM in projects, addressing areas like Risk Management, Communications Management, Procurement Management, Quality Management, and Human Resources Management.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the presentation – by looking at the reaction from the audience – was the explanation of how EVM can be extended in a fully integrated manner to Program Management and Portfolio Management. In his model (EVM-SM), Dr. Rodrigues has developed a new set of metrics which provide for the measurement and management of Benefits Realization in Programs and of ROI in Portfolios. The audience reacted very positively and with great interest to the new concepts presented, confirming their relevance and practical value. The mature audience, composed of various PMPs, demonstrated a very good understanding of the novel ideas presented and developed an interesting discussion around the subject - as a consequence, the schedule slipped considerably, with the vast majority of the delegates remaining in the room until the very end of the discussions.
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