Global projects require extensive project management. For the past 20+ years, THE STRATEGY EXPERT® team has worked with organizations all over the world to help create and implement strategies for client success. From startup to Global 1000 and Fortune 500 Companies all over the world who are looking to develop strategic alliances and joint ventures, we have been there for our clients as we help them strategically advance their organization from where they are today, to where they want to be tomorrow.
Today, THE STRATEGY EXPERT® serves as the PMO (Project Management Office) for large multiple humanitarian projects. Thees projects are typically funded by third parties who wish to ensure that projects are completed on time and on budget. Our team has various skills in project management, process, banking, government, etc. and these resources can be used to help projects stay on track. The Global Project Management Team can monitor and control projects all over the world. Funders and fiduciaries can also have access to project progress reports for control and monitoring purposes.
Our experience in this area is extensive. Our Chief Strategist led a team that developed a plan that concentrated on providing housing and schools in areas of need. One of those plans for US hurricane relief was submitted to the IRS and approved as a $200 million tax shelter. His team was one of the first to work with the government of Vietnam (after the U.S. lifted sanctions) to help them identify and partner with a global housing manufacturer. Initial contracts for nearly $50M were signed.
He later established a tax exempt, humanitarian organization, registered in the country of Papua New Guinea, and began writing plans for global housing, schools and infrastructure. In time, those plans totaled more than U.S. $10 billion.
THE STRATEGY EXPERT® serves as the PMO (Project Management Office) for multiple projects. Our team has various skills in project management, process, banking, government, etc. and these resources can be used to help projects stay on track.
Using software such as MS Project, the Global Project Management Team can monitor and control projects all over the world. Funders and fiduciaries can also have access to project progress reports for control and monitoring purposes.
Our approach to project management is different from most PMOs in four ways. These four ways are beneficial to the funder and the project team that is implementing the project plan.
We do not assume the fiduciary role. We have found that funders who assign the fiduciary responsibility to firms other than the PMO, have better success. THE STRATEGY EXPERT® specializes in project management. We will not have access to or control any of the funds. Our project monitoring reports and recommendations are sent to the funder or representative. This ensures an extra layer of checks-and-balances. When the PMO controls the projects and the funding, we view that as a potential conflict of interest.
We use traditional reporting mechanisms, but we also use a process we have created called Future-Based Reporting™. In addition to reporting on the past progress, reports are to also include a section on what is expected to happen during the next reporting period, including any major stakeholders who could have an impact and any risks that might occur. This allows the project management team the ability to be proactive, rather than reactive. This helps projects stay on time and budget. A project manager can identify a possible situation and proactively begin to address it, rather than nearly all other PMO efforts, which require monitoring past activities.
The assigned PM (Project Manager) conducts a site visit every quarter to verify that the projects are on-time, on-schedule and that the monies are being used in a manner that matches the funding request. They verify that the past and future progress reports match what is happening on the ground.
We don’t just monitor project progress. It has been our experience that at various times throughout the implementation of a plan, events occur that are not planned for. Through our vast network and resources, projects can approach us with potential problems and we can help make sure they are working at the actual problem (not symptom level) and help them locate the resources they need to move forward.