See the Big Picture
Taking a holistic approach to staffing can help organizations find ways to
optimize and consolidate project teams. Proactively analyzing teams across the
portfolio can be especially effective in a global organization, like Mr. Gower’s.
Mars Global Services “tends to be a quite decentralized organization, and
there can be different practices across the portfolio,” he says. This can obscure
the supply and demand of resources across the organization. The project, program and portfolio management office aims to facilitate more consistent practices, and track new initiatives coming in the future.
“Only then will we be able to say with confidence how many project managers
we need, with what skills and in what region,” Mr. Gower says.
Taking a portfolio view also helps project leaders make sure their talent
management practices are supporting the organizational strategy, Ms. Figueiro
“Sometimes it’s difficult to put the right talent in the right position. If you
have limited resources, you need to choose which project is more important,”
she says. “Aligning project talent with corporate strategy means allocating the
best resources to prioritize projects.” PM
difficult to put
the right talent in
the right position.
talent with corporate
allocating the best
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—Eliani Figueiro Ramos, PMI-RMP, PMP