Program Title: An Examination of the Roles & Responsibilities
of Modern-Day Project & Program Managers
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
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Many project management professionals would agree that their roles and
responsibilities extend well beyond the traditional project management credo
to deliver "on time, on budget, and to specifications." However, most
find it difficult to identify a more acceptable and universally applicable
modern-day mandate. In today’s knowledge-based organizations, the specific
expectations of project and program management professionals can vary greatly.
They may differ, for example, because of differences in the nature of their
projects, the structure of their governance systems, or the culture of their
organizations. These differences can lead to considerable confusion
about the nature of the profession itself, and its definition of “success.”
But what should the credo of modern-day project management professionals
be? Is there a better approach to defining their roles and responsibilities?
In this presentation we will take a fresh look at the evolution of modern-day
organizations, and of the roles and responsibilities of their project management
professionals. We will explore the challenges that project management
professionals face within their organizations, and the value of a new approach
for defining project management’s roles and responsibilities – an approach
that re-defines the roles and responsibilities of project and program management
based on the management of project and program complexity.
has been teaching Program Leadership Skills and Systems in Organizational
Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006, when he assumed responsibility
for developing the P3 Program’s core coursework in Program Management.
Rick is also Founder of Programmatic Sciences, a consultancy that specializes
in helping organizations to improve their abilities to manage programs
that are complex or that are facing significant uncertainty. In this capacity
he is often asked to advise and assist organizations seeking to refine
their models for managing programs, to improve their organization’s competency
models for program managers and leaders, and to deliver targeted education,
training, and coaching in the “science” of program management as it applies
to their organization’s unique needs.
Rick’s professional expertise in program management is well recognized.
He is a member of a small team of program management professionals currently
collaborating on a complete revision of the Project Management Institute’s
“The Standard for Program Management (third edition)” (publication scheduled
for December, 2012). This Standard will provide the basis for the Project
Management Institute’s future certification of all Program Management
Professionals. Rick is also a frequent speaker at professional symposia
focused on the advancement and integration of organizational capabilities
in program, project, portfolio, resource, and performance management.
Prior to his work with the University of Pennsylvania, Programmatic
Sciences, and the PMI, Rick served as a scientist and program leader in
the pharmaceutical industry. He was Vice President of Project and Portfolio
Management at Wyeth Research, where he was responsible for program, project,
portfolio and resource management activities leading and supporting the
development of innovative medicines. Rick personally led teams responsible
for development and registration of three currently marketed pharmaceutical
products. His original research in pharmacology and biochemistry has been
published in 80 manuscripts and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals.
Rick received his B.A. with honors in Research Biochemistry from the
University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Ohio
State University. He completed his postdoctoral training in the University
of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
Topic: No Meeting
Topic: Quarterly Panel Discussion (PMO Tools)
The PMINJ PMO LCI
will host its quarterly Panel Discussion facilitated by the core PMO LCI
team. It will be an interactive session where participants will have an opportunity
to discuss PMO tools, best practices, challenges, and other information about
PMOs. This is a follow-up to the initial session we had in February.
We look forward
to your active participation and welcome your input to make each panel discussion
useful to you and fellow LCI members.
Topic: An Informal Gathering
introducing the LCI
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