Panasonic - Double Product Development Capacity

 
We brought in OPM Experts LLC to Panasonic Mobile during a time when we were struggling to introduce project management techniques into our company. They provided an expert diagnosis of the situation, and developed a roadmap for us to take our organization to the next level. We could not have done it without them—and I would recommend them without hesistation. Top qualities: Great results. Personable. Expert.
— Jim Marion, President, Panasonic Mobile
OPM Experts are the consummate professionals, and can sincerely be called upon as experts in the field of project management. They were instrumental in the successful implementation of the PMO for Panasonic. Through their expertise and consultancy we were able to institute a PMO within the local office and begin the training and implementation of the PMO in other international offices (Japan and England). They have the ability to work at all levels but are at their best when working with a company’s executives, helping instill the understanding that is required to sustain a successful project management process. I am hopeful that we will be able to collaborate again in the future.
— Deborah Thomsen, Vice-President, Panasonic Mobile

Standing up a PMO, replanning critical projects, implementing organization structures to leverage reuseable assets: these are common problems that require uncommon solutions unique to your own business situation.

Challenge

Panasonic Mobile is a multi-billion dollar research and development organization in the digital wireless and mobile communications industry, 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.

Solution

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.

Results

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.

The actions that resulted from the maturity assessment by OPM Experts transformed our company. I would recommend them without hesitation!
— Jim Marion, the President of Panasonic Mobile