VOICES Project Toolkit
Whether you’re an aspiring or seasoned practitioner, having a mentor can
provide support by teaching, troubleshooting or helping take your career to
the next level. We asked practitioners:
What has a mentor given
you to support your career?
A Lasting Connection
Having a mentor is a great way to increase
your competence and your understanding
of your strengths and weaknesses, which is
of course bene;cial for your career.
I’ve been lucky enough to have a mentor who
has pushed me into trying new roles and projects,
which have helped me grow tremendously. With
every push, my mentor reminds me, ‘You can do
this. Whatever you need to know you will learn
along the way.’
In the beginning, we met more frequently and
had time to discuss whatever I brought up. Later,
my mentor got a new job in another part of the
country and then in another country. We did not
let that stop us. We continue meeting by phone or
video chat instead. Now we only talk quarterly, but
it is still valuable.”
—Annika Rosendahl, senior project manager, Ericsson,
Earlier in my career, I was mentored
What benefits has the PMO realized for
by a highly experienced senior project
manager who had a PhD in the subject
matter. He helped me formulate my communica-
tion plan, become organized and really implement
a work breakdown structure. It was a great bene;t
And we’ve used a consistent set of interviewers, a
core team that sees a lot of di;erent people.
One of the biggest bene;ts has been transparency.
How do you measure that
When project managers reported in di;erent deliv-
ery areas, there was no view of all the work the unit
was doing. Now we can report to our CIO
and chief business partners how many
projects are in place every week. We can
tell them the status of the portfolio, what
percent of the portfolio is currently rated
green, yellow and red. We can see where
there might be major issues that need to
be addressed. We also have introduced a
health check, which is like a midcourse
correction for big work. ;e bottom line:
We’ve improved the e;ciency and e;ec-
tiveness of our delivery.
We use traditional on-time, on-budget measures. On-time delivery has
increased 11 percent and on-budget has
improved by 15 percent compared to
pre-PMO. In terms of resource e;cien-cies—how many hours a project manager manages—we’ve seen a 25 percent
What’s the most important
lesson you’ve learned from
implementing the PMO?
Well, it’s not for the faint of heart. Driv-
ing change in a large organization is
always much harder than you think. It took a good
18, 24 months before we started seeing real signs
of change. You’ve got to persevere and keep hoping
things will pay o;, because they do. PM
advice you’ve ever
Think big and act
small. You need to
keep the broader
context in mind while
acting quickly to reach
The one skill every
Being able to forecast,
and take action today.
Your dream travel
St. John in the U.S.
There are the most
Favorite thing to do
in your spare time?
I’m a big walker. It
clears my mind.
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