Magazine article PM Network

A New Chapter

Magazine article PM Network

A New Chapter

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Four years ago, Helion S.A. started expanding. Primarily known as a publisher of computer hooks, we wanted to break into the modern business genre. This expansion of titles meant more work and more clients and made improvements to the company's overall organizational culture a necessity.

The decision was made to introduce project management principles into the company. An organizational change project was planned and implemented alter approval from the board. The primary goal of the project was to align the company's strategic objectives with its operational and financial objectives. We also wanted to take the company from a functional to a composite organization, which gives us greater flexibility in running different kinds of projects.

Our approach to project management was designed during a six-month planning phase. Actual implementation took only 16 weeks. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) was. and still is, the basic set of rules on which the system works.

One of our main challenges is to build an IT system that supports work on both a strategic and a day-to-day basis. Right now we're in the process of improving the system so we can share knowledge from past projects and continuously improve and develop current ones.

Helion's new structure is based in portfolio management with project management office principles that provide both support for project managers and strategic direction for the board.

We now operate in a multi-project environment with different levels of complexity, scope, budget and schedule. …

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