program management

  • Charles Lathem, PMP: How to Mature Your PMO - Moving Beyond Operational Metrics

    How to Mature Your PMO: Moving Beyond Operational Metrics

    Charles Latham, PMPCharles “Chuck” Latham is currently the Director of Shared Services Operations at Alfa Insurance Company. He is responsible for creating the corporate Project Management Methodology, designing and facilitating the Project Governance process, overall Project and Portfolio Management. He is skilled in metric development and both strategic and tactical approaches to Project Management Office (PMO) operations. He established the first dashboards and created a robust Resource Management process and capacity metrics from the ground up. His oversight pushed the Alfa PMO maturity from 1.5 to 3 on the Gartner PM Maturity Assessment Scale in just two years. Before joining Alfa, Chuck served as a Senior Project Manager and Scrum Master at ProAssurance Company, a liability insurance provider. He was key in building the PMO from the ground up and authoring the first PM Methodology.

    Chuck was also an IT Director, PM Vice President with Colonial Bank and served as a Project and/or Program Manager for EDS (now HP), IBM, and PricewaterhouseCoopers along with managing several large conversion projects with Wells Fargo. His clients included: Massachusetts and Alabama State Medicaid, US Department of Education, US Army, Texas and Alabama State DMVs, and authored proposals for the US Mint, US Postal Service, and NASA. In addition to his expertise in managing and maturing PMO’s, Chuck has a passion for mentoring and training. He served as the Professor of Aerospace Studies at two different universities and as an Adjunct Professor in Business Management for several colleges and universities. He is a volunteer instructor in religious studies at a federal Prison and has written two books. Chuck is a retired Air Force Officer and a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

    Chuck is a PMP and CSM and holds a BS in Business Management from St. John Fisher College, an MBA from Chapman University, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University.


  • Eric Pierce PMP: "Project Management and Innovation: Are they Related?"


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    Project Management and Innovation: Are they Related?

    Project management is often seen as a business practice that stifles creativity with its focus on scope/cost/schedule.  In fact, the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBoK) highlights that a good PM delivers exactly what is in the project's scope and no more, providing added value is not something project managers are encouraged to do.  While innovation is seen as almost the opposite of project management, it is creative, freewheeling and designed to provide far more than what could be put in a project's scope statement.  While project management and innovation appear to be near opposites, this presentation explores how they are related and should combined to produce business value.

    US Air Force Col (retired) Eric Pierce is currently the Director, Service Delivery for Integrated Computer Solutions Inc. (ICS) leading a team of Project Manager and directing the execution of multiple Federal contracts. Prior to retirement from the US Air Force, Col Pierce served in multiple roles to include the Director of Communications and Chief Information Officer, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency in San Antonio TX; Combat Commander of the 380th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, at a combat location in Southwest Asia; and Director of Cyberspace Policy and Enterprise Services, Joint Staff Directorate of Communications and Information, in the Pentagon. His major military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara for outstanding service to the nation in US
    Army/Marine Corps field artillery.

    Col Pierce is both a PMP and a Certified Innovation Manager.

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