Case Studies

Project Management Capability Uplift – Transport & Logistics

Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) – Project Management Capability Uplift

The Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) engaged Core Consulting Group (CCG) as their Project, Program and Portfolio (P3) Partner for an uplift project focusing on implementation of an Enterprise Project Management tool (MS Project Server). CCG were engaged initially to develop an uplift strategy and roadmap, addressing project, program and portfolio capability. We used a unique “Concept of operations” workshop together with observation, interviews and artefact review as input, provided a practical report and roadmap for improvement.

A project was soon formalised and CCG were engaged to assist PoMC with a number of streams of activity for “Tranche 1” including; EPM guidance and advice, process/methodology advice relating to tailoring, terminology and process alignment (particularly relating to cost), data preparation/cleansing, custom user guides (integrating policy/process), Project Management training (including planning/scheduling uplift), written standards for schedule and cost management plus assistance with communications/change management. CCG also worked with PoMC as reviewer/advisor/tester in terms of configuration of the EPM tool, plus provided custom CCG innovations relating to MS Project.

The resulting rollout of Microsoft Project Server 2010, referred to by PoMC as “The Helm” went smoothly, with most users adopting the EPM system successfully. 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 through consist reporting and visibility of the whole portfolio”.

Through a focus on building self-sufficiency, our uplift included assisting and training the PMO staff, ensuring from go live they were able to further improve capability without the need for our involvement, a true measure of success when it comes to capability uplift.