Jan Mandrup, PMI-RMP, PMP, senior project
manager, IBM Asia,
What types of projects do you manage?
Large, complex IT projects where the clients’
core business processes undergo transformation.
They’re enterprise resource-planning projects that
involve the suite of enterprise-wide software that
every company has—everything from finance to
sales to procurement to manufacturing to logistics.
Do your initiatives sometimes require their
own project management offices (PMOs)?
If it’s a very large project, I might establish a
dedicated project-specific PMO team responsible for risk and schedule management. But with
all my projects, the first thing I do is establish
the project governance processes to ensure we’re
in control from start to finish, and bring in any
When companies expand rapidly, they often outgrow technologies and require a complete system overhaul. As its Asia Pacific clients
implement enterprise-wide projects to transform
their business systems, PMI Global Executive
Council member IBM looks to Jan Mandrup
to ensure major change initiatives are executed
smoothly and meet strategic goals.
Although he now oversees multiyear projects with
budgets reaching hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars, Mr. Mandrup began his career as an electronics
technician in the healthcare industry. “I became an
expert in structured troubleshooting and isolating
problems,” he says. And that, he later discovered, laid
an ideal foundation for a project management career.
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