August 2013

Strategic Project Office

CHAOS TuesdayConversations in CHAOS – #18: Most project management offices (PMO) breakdown into two categories: process control and education.  Very few PMOs are strategic to the business. In this broadcast we have the CHAOS Team and Jim Kneeland, Executive Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, RMV Division discuss the features and benefits of a Strategic Project Office. While working for the State of Florida, Jim completed the implementation of a Project Management Office and a Strategic Project Office. In this program Jim talks about his experience with Strategic Project Office (SPO). In this program we explore:

  • Difference between a PMO and SPO
  • What actions an SPO takes
  • Examples of SPO decisions
  • How executive sponsor operate inside a SPO
  • How project manager operate inside a SPO

Part of CHAOS Tuesday: looks at resources that an organization can use to create and maintain a strategic project office (SPO).



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Jim Kneeland

Jim Kneeland is currently the Executive Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, RMV Division, responsible for a $100+ million dollar innovation effort to rewrite all the applications at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. An MBA and PMP, Jim is also a certified and warranted federal contract officer and taught IT at Northeastern University for over 20 years. As CIO for the Registry of Motor Vehicles in the early nineties he implemented a number of state-of-the art IT solutions which included the credit card style license.



Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.


Jim Crear

Jim is the chief information officer and architect for The Standish Group International. He is an experienced executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has had a diverse career leading IT organizations in academia, biomedical, manufacturing, and software companies.


Rick Brutti

Rick Brutti has more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and business consultant, assisting companies in raising capital and financial management.


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