Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) – Microsoft Project Server (EPM) Implementation advisory services (P3 Partner)
The establishment of a port in Melbourne extends back to 1835. From its early development, the port has grown with the city and now handles over 2.5 million containers annually with around 3200 ship visits each year.
The Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) engaged Core Consulting Group (CCG) as their Project, Program and Portfolio (P3) Partner following previous engagements relating to Project Management uplift. Known for our blend of tool, process and people knowledge with respect to Project and Program Management, CCG were engaged initially to develop an uplift strategy and roadmap. Through interviews, artefact review, research and our “Concept of Operations” workshop, CCG provided a report and roadmap which was well received and endorsed by the Project Control Board.
A project was soon formalised and CCG engaged to assist PoMC with a number of streams of activity including EPM implementation guidance and advice, terminology and process alignment, data preparation, user guides, training and communications/change management. CCG worked with the EPM Implementation vendor to ensure configuration met PoMC’s needs, particularly in relation to finance system integration. Working closely with PoMC to align terminology, scheduling and cost management standards, we brought to the table CCG-developed views, filters and innovations.
The resulting rollout of Microsoft Project Server 2010, referred to by PoMC as “The Helm” was considered a great success. Through support and training we were able to identify knowledge gaps or other difficulties and address them accordingly. In the words of the sponsor at the post launch event, “The Helm project has gone very well and we are already starting to see the benefits”.
As an outcome of our work, the EPM Tool vendor’s work was made easier through clear requirements and alternative solution ideas. Collaboration in relation to training ensured a high quality experience which also added to the success of the project. Our assistance with User Acceptance Testing on behalf of PoMC also helped resolved issues before launch ensuring the system was fit for purpose. Finally our approach ensured PoMC could be self- sufficient in the day to day operation of their EPM solution.