Throughout the years, Project Management has developed into an enterprise level management system that bridges the gap from executive strategy to tactical implementation.  However, embracing and integrating formalized project management within an organization or Government Agency involves more than merely instituting a Project Management Office (PMO), conducting training, and leveraging a scheduling tool.

 

The most effective Project Management organizations support Project Management from the top down and have created a living framework consisting of practices, competencies, and techniques scaled to their specific project demands.

 

At AMS, our successful approach to project management comes from years of managing a wide variety of global program and project initiatives.  Our team of executive-level consultants will help your organization identify the solution best suited to meet the specific challenges you are facing.  AMS has customized Project Management consulting, training and assessment programs for commercial and Government clients around the world rendering targeted and sustainable results.

Project Management has become critical to the success of many organizations; AMS has worked with client organizations as they adopt this concept and has helped them to successfully integrate Project Management into their organizations. Our senior consultants are experts at implementing project management Best Practice as well as providing support for other PM initiatives pertaining to improving business performance.

AMS can assist your organization by creating a CMM/CMMI (or related) appraisal, continuous process improvement program, change plan, and implementation schedule. Our approach to this initiative is multi-faceted, but usually encompasses the following components:
     • Implement CMM/CMMI assessment
     • Define target maturity level and perform gap analysis
     • Establish process maturity matrix
     • Prioritize process improvement opportunities
     • Design a change and improvement plan for the implementation teams
     • Create a measurement matrix to align with the implementation schedule/plan
     • Provide collaborative support thought the implementation as needed based on the client

Implementation of a CMM/CMMI effort affects an organization in a number of positive ways. Most commonly, the organization's project management and systems development capabilities are enhanced as they become more repeatable and consistent among all processes. However, AMS consultants will work with you to ensure that all of the collateral benefits are realized. Each CMM/CMMI initiative should impact the entire organizational structure if embraced and leveraged correctly. The AMS approach to these initiatives is focused on the bigger picture of the implementation not just the qualifying audit.

AMS has been conducting reviews of many different types of efforts for years. The methodology that AMS has developed considers strategic client goals along with the typical rote measurement of a particular standard. This allows for custom engagements that yield actionable tasks that directly affect client goals as opposed to simply moving toward a generic standard of performance. The AMS team is comprised of seasoned, senior-level industry practitioners with 20-30 years of expertise. Typical AMS assessment projects include CMM, Project Management Maturity (including OPM3), SOX, ISO, IEEE, Six Sigma, RUP, Microsoft Framework, Leadership and Culture.

AMS Capability Maturity Model (CMM) Assessments are typically conducted as Informal Reviews rather than Formal Assessments due to factors such as the robust nature, high cost, number of staff required and length of time required. Most Formal Assessments may or may not yield an appropriate increase in actionable items that affect a client’s bottom line or even improve their overall performance. Informal Reviews concentrate on the client improvement issues, which are most important.

While AMS is standard agnostic, we do recommend setting and following a tailored methodology and technical processes that are negotiated at the start of each project or operational work effort. Many standards have effective and efficient processes. AMS believes that no one standard can possibly cover the breadth and depth of processes needed to perfectly dovetail with constantly changing client requirements, technology and business setting. AMS recommends using one standard as a process framework and tailoring both the general execution and the implementation for each project as a special set of circumstances.

AMS Informal CMM Reviews often bring to the forefront areas for immediate and longer-term improvement efforts. Many other standards reviews often bring out that the underlying framework under review has not been sufficiently tailored to support client business processes. Gaps that would otherwise be flagged as negative can be seen to be positive when AMS criteria are applied.
Capital Project Management includes the Engineering Procurement, and Construction (EPC) practices and processes required to plan, design, execute, close and control Capital facility development efforts.

Our senior consultants have 25 years plus in the domestic and international Capital Project arena assisting small and large organizations to develop scaled approaches to Front-End Loading (FEL) and Project Execution-Control.

AMS consultants have assisted with multimillion/billion dollar efforts around the globe with our clients realizing sustainable and value based results.

All AMS consulting, training and assessment programs align with; Project Management Institute (PMI), Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE), Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and the Construction Industry Institute (CII).

AMS can customize any best practice to fit your organizational needs.
Earned Value Management, (EVM) has been the mainstay mechanism of project monitoring for projects in the government sector since the advent of Cost/Schedule Control Systems Criteria, (C/SCSC) in the Federal Register some years ago. Subsequently, the work of Fleming and Koppelmen has brought EVM/CSCSC into the limelight in the non-governmental project management arena as well.

Although organizations clearly see the benefit in this practical and time tested approach, it has been our experience that they rarely are ready for the shifts in detailed project planning, work breakdown structure development and work package formation and tracking that are required to yield the benefits and real-time related results that EVM affords.

Throughout the program and project management environment, the earned value concepts are being requested as a tool for project monitoring, control and forecasting. As critical as this requirement is, applying these methods in a value-based and practical manner has evaded many and has many at their wits end.

AMS consultants are highly experienced practitioners in this area and have helped organizations and Government Agencies around the world create successful EVM initiates.
Risk is inherent in all projects; AMS has developed a methodology to help, identify, manage and mitigate the impact of risk.

Our senior team of consultants can leverage past experience, customized assessment tools and direct evaluation of the project plan to determine your risk category.

Once our team has identified the corporate tolerance for risk we can establish a mitigation and contingency plan to help ensure the appropriate management of risk scenarios

In the event of a risk becoming a project based reality we will help to eliminate the impact via an intervention and corrective action.

AMS has risk plans to leverage across industry and driven by vertical experience.

Our risk planning processes have proven to save many companies millions on the implementation of enterprise and capital projects.

AMS can customize any best practice to fit your organizational needs.
In order for an organization to be truly successful in its project management efforts, projects must be managed consistently, with the same level of standards and rigor enterprise-wide. AMS can help your organization create one management platform, which effectively integrates people, process, and technology. A structured methodology and lifecycle will guide project managers at all levels in the initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and close-out of phases of a project.

Our best practice methodology contains standard forms, checklists and other helpful tools to effectively manage any project. Additionally our experience in Enterprise Solutions allows us to dovetail the creation of a custom methodology with any existing organizational structure and/or technology platform.

AMS methodologies are not "canned" products. An AMS executive level consultant is assigned to each client in order to ensure that the approach is accurate and all contents of the method are fully customized to the client’s industry, company and specific needs. This unique collaborative implementation model is why clients worldwide have selected AMS over others to meet their Project Management development needs.

A typical implementation and methodology may contain these development items:
     • Overview
     • Cost/value/benefits analysis
     • Project office support structure development or alignment
     • Project Team configuration and alignment
     • Roles and responsibilities definition and work package dissemination
     • Project Classification matrix development
     • Requirements by size and type matrix development
     • Initiating/approving the Project decision tree development
     • Conditions of satisfaction process and application
     • Creating the project plan process design
     • Joint project planning training
     • Launching the project techniques
     • Activity scheduling and work assignments process
     • Executing/monitoring the project and associated tools
     • Status reporting systems/process
     • Revising plans via change order process
     • Assessing the plan against objectives
     • Project closeout steps and client hand off process
     • Lessons learned and continuous improvement

The above list is not complete or representative of a finished product. The AMS core content inventory is wide and deep allowing clients to benefit from a solid foundation ultimately reducing development and customization time.

AMS can customize any best practice to fit your organizational needs.
AMS deploys solutions based on customized industry and experiential best practice. Our team of executive level consultants will work with your organization to craft the best implementation of any service, solution suite and correlating best practice. This holistic approach to creating business solutions will render high value ROI, continuity and embedded value.

Large projects and programs require a precise analysis of time, cost, effort and return on investment, (ROI). Often times it is difficult for the project team to benchmark, validate or even justify a project's value without an unbiased review and analysis. AMS consultants have been directly involved with multi-national, complex, high profile and large budget projects from a practical and review perspective. Our clients have benefited from proactive consultation leading to smoother and more efficient ramp ups.

These days, with the general availability of project management software, it seems simple to create a project schedule that on the surface, appears to work well. Although many schedules may look accurate, there could be a number of errors that will ultimately cause the schedule to fail, impact the overall project plan and primary deliverables, and/or possibly derail the project. Additionally these tools do not consider resource variables like team dynamics, politics and any collateral items.

The AMS Peer Review and Schedule/Plan Validation process is founded in a structured methodology to ensure accuracy and validity. The process is geared towards helping the project team achieve on-time, on-budget project delivery; our validation will assess the schedule’s likelihood of success, and help focus attention on the most critical areas. Our goal during this process is also to educate the project manager on the procedure, so he/she can refine the schedule themselves and watch for future pitfalls.

AMS deploys solutions based on customized industry and experiential best practice. Our team of executive level consultants will work with your organization to craft the best implementation of any service, solution suite and correlating best practice. This holistic approach to creating business solutions will render high value ROI, continuity and embedded value.

Projects fail for a myriad of reasons, most notably for communication and human resource related issues. Oftentimes, with the right approach, these issues can be solved with limited impact on your project.

Our Project Recovery and Intervention Programs are driven by a proven methodology rendering targeted deliverables for project teams relative to revitalizing their project. Our approach focuses on the process, people, and technology providing clients with not only project management skills, but the people management competencies so crucial to success.

The program is designed to breathe new life into projects that may be exhibiting signs of trouble. This methodology has been time tested on intervention projects of all types for clients around the globe saving teams lost production and organizations millions of dollars.

The program may differ depending on your organization’s needs and the project type. It typically includes the following components:      • Assessment of project risks and development of mitigation strategies
     • On-site assessment and realignment of project team competencies vs. roles and responsibilities
     • Review and adjustment of project schedule and resource allocation
     • Development of communication/decision protocol and escalation strategies
     • Setup of project documentation procedures and protocol
     • Ongoing project oversight to closeout

AMS can customize any best practice to fit your organizational needs.
During the years of developing our consulting practice, clients have repeatedly asked us for recommendations regarding tools and technology to assist their project management office and/or the project-based organization as a whole. As professional management consultants, and in order to develop unbiased recommendations, we have remained “technology neutral” in our preference or support of any one tool or technology. The questionnaire below generally facilitated by a senior practice consultant is utilized as a base of discussion to provide a clear picture of the organizations current and future needs as well as assist us in narrowing down the “field” of tools and techniques in our industry specific benchmark/database files.
AMS deploys solutions based on customized industry and experiential best practice. Our team of executive level consultants will work with your organization to craft the best implementation of any service, solution suite and correlating best practice. This holistic approach to creating business solutions will render high value ROI, continuity and embedded value.

AMS has designed the Project Quick Starts Suite in order to help clients achieve more efficiency when kicking off Project Management initiatives. Each tool has been crafted to allow for consultant/client involvement during the critical phases of a project life-cycle. This collaborative approach produces real-time knowledge transfer and sustainable results. More importantly, our clients benefit from the deliverables far beyond the scope of the joint effort. In many cases clients are able to establish best practice and leverage it on future initiatives. The Quick Starts Suite is a hybrid consulting, coaching and mentoring activity that produces immediate and repeatable success. AMS clients ranging from Fortune 100's to Government Agencies have benefited from these tools.

Quick Start Communicator is designed to help the project team establish a refined communication plan early in the process. Delivered in a workshop format to new project teams or existing teams needing guidance, the program is designed to help team members work more productively together, develop a communication protocol, reporting procedures, define roles and responsibilities, and more.

Quick Start Trainer is a unique program, customized to your organization, which offers targeted guidance to executives, managers and staff members. This training and consulting program will orient all three groups to the benefits and challenges of operating in a project management environment.

Quick Start Planner is designed to focus the momentum of the team in the right direction. Delivered in a workshop format to new project teams or existing teams needing guidance, the program is designed to help team members work more productively together, address critical issues that cause project dysfunction, and assist in synergizing people, process and technology.
AMS deploys solutions based on customized industry and experiential best practice. Our team of executive level consultants will work with your organization to craft the best implementation of any service, solution suite and correlating best practice. This holistic approach to creating business solutions will render high value ROI, continuity and embedded value.

The premise behind Project Organization Design and Transformation is that an enterprise-wide approach to developing a successful project management system is best supported in a project-thinking organization. In a project-based culture, projects are aligned with an organization’s corporate strategy and thus receive support from managers at all levels. People, process and technology are the key drivers in this environment. Excellent communication and collaboration must be developed as norms within the organization. This style of management will drive accountability into the process and create a platform for continuous corporate and individual performance improvement.

AMS consultants leverage the firms experience within the Project Management and Organizational Development space to create robust solutions that fully integrate people, process and technology. AMS has created a best in class model to depict the "project organization" and the attributes associated with the transformational deliverables. AMS will structure the complete "reengineering" effort driven by our methodical approach to change management. In many cases, clients choose to build their Project Methodologies and design a Project Management Office, (PMO) parallel to this effort. Although a PMO and Methodology can live outside a "projectized" organization, a "projectized" organization cannot exist without them. When the model is set in motion along with the best practice standards such as communication protocols, organizational and competency development, portfolio analysis, project methodology development, project planning, application-based work management systems, as well as coaching/mentoring, it will produce an efficient approach to achieving world-class project management attributes.

The evolution of project management from a competency into an industry parallels the evolution of the global marketplace and the world economy. This transformation has created the marketplace we know today as the new economy. The old school perceptions of business have changed, allowing the emergence of a new breed of customer focused, quality driven, and ultimately more profitable companies.

Organizations such as these are not driven by, but are oiled with the lubrication of technology – e-solutions, technical competence and most importantly, a belief that collaborating all we knew with what we know results in time tested experience and optimum results.

AMS can customize any best practice to fit your organizational needs.

 

AMS Project Management Training programs offer PDU’s through the Project Management Institute (PMI) and are aligned to the PMBOK guide. We can also offer specialty designations for the Risk Management Professional (PMP – RMP), Scheduling Professional (PMP, SP), and Program Management Professional (PgMP). AMS PM training programs not only align with the PMBOK but also contain valuable insights into the industry and our best practices developed over many years. AMS programs are highly interactive and contain real-world examples presented by our senior level SME’s which can also be tailored to your specific industry and even to your organization. Our best practice "Case Based Learning Experience" (CBLE) provides an industry leading customization process; enhancing the effectiveness of your training experience by providing perfectly aligned content, delivered by an instructor fit specifically to your industry and/or organization.



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