Project Portfolio Management Online Program

This course is designed for Project and Program Managers, PMO Executives, Decision Makers, Consultants, Executives and project team members who have been tasked with oversight, implementing and the operations of their organization’s Portfolio Management capability; and who need to:

  • Align a company's project investments with its strategic goals and objectives
  • Gain the skills to better alignment a selection of projects to organization's business and strategy.
  • Acquire the knowledge to development and execution a standardized set of best practices for project portfolio management
  • Implement a Portfolio Management Governance program that provides guidance and stewardship over the project ideation, selection, calibration, and execution processes while establishing policies and procedures to effectively manage the company's portfolio assets.
  • Improve your career and competitive positioning by enabling to develop the skills to help your company to identify and select investments that will capitalize on business values.
  • Monitor the organization portfolio performance.
  • Track and perform portfolio management risk monitoring while optimizing the portfolio to mitigate the risk identified.
  • Engage stakeholders at all levels of the organization and execute a comprehensive communication strategy.

Are you under pressure to get more done with fewer resources?

Reduced our time of project development by 40%

The Virginia Department of Transportation owns and maintains the third largest roadway system in the nation. We were searching for a way to more efficiently manage and track schedules of our 14,000 active construction projects so we could more accurately predict advertisement dates, which would ultimately allow us to more accurately program our $16 billion Six Year Improvement Plan. Gerald has been an invaluable asset during this transition since day one. He was instrumental in analyzing our myriad of systems and successfully integrating them in a way to streamline the PWA user interface. Following a successful Proof of Concept, VDOT launched PWA in October 2014. This began a seismic shift in how we planned and managed our project schedules. Gerald was instrumental in implementing Microsoft Project Server, proactively identifying and resolving technical issues, as well as helping to shape the roll-out in a way that forwarded this cultural shift and facilitated District buy-in. As of May 2018, all active VDOT projects now have a schedule in PWA, which is our source system for all schedule information throughout the Department.

Gerald provided exceptional leadership, vision, and a remarkably patient and steady hand during this multi-year, multi-iteration installment. His knowledge, organization, temperament, positive energy, responsiveness and follow-through were all critical to VDOT’s success. He provided expert guidance on improving efficient and effective project oversight. Gerald led the development team, and consistently championed schedule data quality. He provided training for project managers across the Commonwealth, and prepared a variety of training aids and reference materials. In addition to being an industry Subject Matter Expert, he is flexible, insightful, tenacious, and resourceful.

In an August 2018 meeting, FHWA representatives conveyed that VDOT is an industry leader in transportation scheduling. Our progress would not have been possible without Gerald Leonard. If you have any questions regarding Gerald’s abilities or his role in VDOT’s project schedule transformation, please contact me.

Rob Tieman, P.E., Director, Project Management Office (PMO)
Virginia Department of Transportation

Are you struggling with your transformation?

The client was an international law firm with over 1000 lawyers in 5 countries in 14 offices. In 2008 the firm was without a standard PM process and lacked critical IT Governance capabilities.

The client required a PM Methodology to provide a standardized process to increase project management delivery and throughput. The staff had limited Project Management knowledge and skill set and the client also faced issues with a lack of Governance processes, decentralized project repositories, lack of a portfolio strategy capabilities and limited performance tracking visibility.

Mr. Leonard designed and implemented a customized PM Methodology and trained the PM staff to operationalize the methodology using MS Project. Implemented an Enterprise Project Management Solution follow by an Enterprise Portfolio Management Capability and implemented the firm’s IS Governance processes and chaired key governance bodies (PRB, ISRC, SMB, and ARB)

As a results the client increase project completion throughput from 20 projects a year to an average of 65 projects a year. Enabled faster selection of the firm’s IS Investment portfolio with the implementation of Microsoft PPM capability and all PM staff members earned their PMP certification and developed into seasoned Project Managers with the ability to support multiple project methodologies

Strategic Project Portfolio  Management Consulting








Developing a culture of Strategy Execution is a challenge of many organizations and finding an implementation partner that can support not only the implementation of a portfolio solution but who has experience with helping companies adopt the business processes that enable effective portfolio management is a challenge. Principles of Execution equips organizations with the policies, processes, procedures and tools to gain the capacity and capability to achieve its strategic initiatives while managing the company's critical assets and resources through innovative and exceptional execution. These promises are achieved by:

  • Enhancing its client's programs and projects expertise and management capabilities, which results in increase project throughput and speed to market.
  • Increasing its client's effectiveness and efficiency through process improvement, which results in a reduction of operational cost to the organization.
  • Increasing its client's visibility in managing critical resource utilization and availability across the project portfolio environment, which results in enhanced collaboration.
  • Providing answers to critical portfolio questions through the development of SMART reports, which results in increase efficiency and better decision making at the senior executive level.

Principles of Execution also leverages the industry best practice methodology of Hoshin Kanri to guide its clients through cascading communication and execution activities throughout the client's organization. 

Microsoft Project Server Implementation, Configuration, Enablement and Adoption

  Project Server and Office 365

 Installing, configuring and rolling out an EPM solution is only the first step in creating an organizational view of your company's project investment. Creating an EPM environment that enables global visibility, standardization across projects and insight into organizational resource constraint while engaging user to adopt and embrace the EPM solution is another challenge unto itself.

Transparent Choice Portfolio Solution Configuration, Enablement and Adoption


We Help:

  • Enhance project portfolio management capabilities resulting in increased project throughput and speed to market.

  • Increase effectiveness and efficiency through streamlining your portfolio management processes resulting in a reduction in operational cost.

  • Improve visibility in managing critically constrained resource utilization and availability across your portfolio project environment resulting in an optimized portfolio that creates velocity in your business.

  • Provide answers to critical portfolio questions through better portfolio prioritization resulting in better decision making while enhancing senior executive consensus and alignment.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic portfolio management

  • Strategy deployment

  • PMO 360 Assessments

  • Policy, capability and funding reviews in government

  • Procurement

  • Options appraisal

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Free Initial Discovery

Gerald Leonard of Principles of Execution is offering a free initial discovery assessment for new clients. To learn more about Principles of Execution services, training and coaching practices; and to receive your free consulting please complete form below. Also, please include 2 to 3 preferred dates and times to schedule your consultation and include the outcomes you would like to achieve during our meeting.

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