Panasonic - Increasing Product Development Capacity
Standing up a PMO, replanning critical projects, implementing organization structures to leverage reuseable assets: these common problems that require custom solutions tailored to your situation.
Panasonic had created a multi-billion dollar research and development organization in the digital wireless and mobile communications space, continuously pushing the envelope for next generation technologies. They needed to integrate local PMO's in America, England, and Japan (before all relocated to India), and the American operation was committed to doubling its capacity to develop new products.
OPM Experts performed an assessment of the PMO and the entire US research and development operation with input from its UK research and development arm. Included in this was an analysis of the organization's product line strategy and its organization structure. We recommended a new product development planning process, a radically new organization structure, and protocols for project management. When these recommendations were accepted, we orchestrated their implementation successfully.
Panasonic formalized its PMO, implemented new project management tools and processes, and was transformed from a functional organization structure into a balanced matrix structure empowering project managers. A new process was implemented for negotiating the product line strategy with the parent company. Executives were aligned regarding strategic objectives, and the organization implemented a robust yet scaleable project delivery methodology.