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.
MIDDLE-EAST AND LEVANT
PMO Projects Group is initiating consulting and training business activities in the Middle-East and Levant region. We are preparing to bring to GCC countries our expertise in Organizational Project, Program and Portfolio Management that we have been developing and applying successfully for over a decade around the world in different countries and continents, ranging from Europe, United States, Australia, South America and Africa.
PMO Projects Group has been successfully delivering services and sharing knowledge around the world since the year of 2001 – you may find some related press releases in our news section. While we address all areas of Project, Program and Portfolio Management (what we call “Organisational Project Management”), we have been specializing a number of techniques and processes that according to our experience are at the core of “projectised” business models, namely: Earned Value Management (EVM), Risk Management and Program Management (Benefits Measurement).
Our advanced expertise in setting up processes, techniques and tools for measuring performance in projects, programs and portfolios, and in the delivering the necessary organisational change, has led us to successfully deliver this type of services for the NATO organization, and across various countries in Europe (Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Romania), and across various continents around the world including Australia, South America and Africa.
At PMO Projects we strive for maximum quality and innovation in our services and products through the appropriate training of our resources, adoption of professionalized practices of Project Management and through a collaborative relationship with our customers.
We help companies and organisations in the adoption of professionalized practices of Project Management and we do the same in the provision of our services, because we passionately believe in our profession.
Our work is initiated, planned and controlled in accordance to the best practices of Project Management. Our customers rely on updated project plans and measures to control the execution of our services. In this way we create a relationship of trust with our Clients, we provide visibility of the value returned; and we carefully manage the scope of our projects, thus ensuring the achievement of the objectives initially set.
Our training services are based on modern teaching methodologies. We give special emphasis to the implementation of case studies based on real customer projects as well as to the full implementation of the techniques and tools taught - at the end of the sessions, the trainees will know how to use these techniques and tools in practice.
Many years of study and field experience in companies where project management is practiced professionally, successfully join the knowledge from our environment with the reality of companies in Europe, North America, South America, and Africa. We developed a proprietary approach for the progressive implementation of Project Management, which is accompanied by training, leading to the most prestigious professional certification in Project Management worldwide: the PMP® certification. Our approach is based on and aligned with the standards and proven best practices, which are internationally recognized: the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Kowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
We do not reinvent the wheel of a science that already exists: instead, we have the Project Management Institute standards as our reference. We do not point the finger to the inadequacy of methods and techniques developed outside the framework and culture of specific markets. Instead, we recognize good ideas and adapt these techniques to the reality of each market. We do not impose unique formulas to the specific problems of our customers; we carefully adjust the methodologies and techniques to their specific needs.
We have the confidence and experience to make it happen in the field.
PMO Projects Group for the Middle-Easte and Levant Region
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