The Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO) was established in 1999 to serve ITS and other NYS agencies in the role of a Project Management (PM) Center of Excellence, providing expert PM services, Project Portfolio Management and the issuance and maintenance of PM standards and policies. The EPMO is dedicated to increasing and sustaining project success for ITS and our partner agencies, participating in PM best practices, committees and workgroups.
Since the EPMO's inception, the office has provided project management services for over 25 NYS agencies. Partner agencies requesting ITS's participation on projects should work with their ITS Customer Relations Manager to define their project and identify the level of involvement being requested from ITS's EPMO.
- Manage projects which advance the strategic goals of ITS, or where ITS is a partner with other NYS agencies.
- Assess proposed projects for classification and ranking based on strategic value to the agency, and maintain ITS enterprise project portfolio for executive project reporting and overall metrics.
- Work with NYS agencies in developing New York State Enterprise Portfolio (NYSEP) management processes to improve the management of IT investments over their life cycle.
- Conduct Project Management Training - ITS's EPMO supports the Project Management Mentoring Program (PMMP) to help cultivate emerging project managers in NYS government. The EPMO also offers classroom courses free of charge through NYS-Learn web site for government employees who serve as Project Managers, Project Team Members or who can otherwise benefit from instruction on project management techniques.
The EPMO offers Project Management classroom courses free of charge to ITS staff and employees from other NYS agencies who serve as Project Managers, Project Team Members, or who would benefit from instruction on project management techniques. A sampling of the courses offered are: Business Case Development, Creating a Project Scope and Statement of Work, Work Breakdown Structure, Project Scheduling, Effort Estimating, and Risk and Issue Management. The individual classes are part of a series of courses offered by ITS. Each class is designed to "stand on its own";however, it is recommended the entire series be completed for maximum benefit. These classes will teach the tools and techniques detailed in the New York State Project management Guidebook for application in everyday PM work. During each class there is a formal presentation of the topic with examples of actual scenarios, tips and pitfalls, and opportunity for attendees to pose questions and share experiences. Group and individual exercises round out the classes.
Courses are scheduled on a rotating basis. For a list of currently scheduled courses and to register see the Statewide Learning Management System web site.
Project Management Mentoring Program (PMMP)
The Project Management Mentoring Program (PMMP) is designed to increase the core group of expert project managers within New York State government available to manage the increasingly complex and expensive projects necessary to support the government's business. Experienced project managers, with the prerequisite skills, who are selected to participate in the program will be assigned as interns to a more experienced project manager who will serve as their mentor.
The program is 20 days over the span of six months, and during that time the intern will work under the guidance of the mentor while working on his/her own agency project. Throughout the program, ITS will provide formal Project Management training classes for the interns as a group. The mentoring program will provide the opportunity for the interns to apply the techniques they are learning in a structured, supported environment, and for the mentors to support, reinforce, and elaborate on the lessons of the formal training.
The Business Case is a document created by the Business Unit with assistance from their ITS Customer Relations Manager and, if necessary, a representative of the EPMO. Included in the Business Case are the following components: project need, the problems to be solved, anticipated benefits, resource needs and funding source.
NYS Project Management Guidebook, Release 2 and corresponding Management's Guide to Project Success. To order hardcopies of the Project Management publications contact the Office of Mental Health (OMH) Printing and Design Center.
The Forum's Standing Committee on Project Management was created to support government entities and government project managers as they adopt project management standards and practices, establish Project Management Offices (PMOs), and implement program and portfolio management within their organizations. Two of the work group's initiatives are the NYS PM Community of Practice (PMCOP) and the PMO Roundtable.
The PMI serves practitioners and organizations with standards that describe good practices, globally recognized credentials that certify project management expertise, and resources for professional development, networking and community.
The PMI Upstate New York Chapter provides a forum to promote the principles of the PMI through networking with other project managers, sharing project experiences, providing and receiving training and supporting Project Management leaders in their certification efforts. www.projectmanagement.com/ Online community for Project Managers