E32 PMOps with Kim Curtis and Echo Woolf
Are you familiar with PMOps? We’ve all heard of DevOps and SecOps and now we learn of PMOps. Listen to this episode to hear Kim Curtis share the experiences and successes from 30+ years in the PM trenches.
All of our shows are live and at times that gives us some technical difficulties, but in this episode our guests Kim and Echo Woolf worked through all of it and brought in another insightful show full of valuable content.
Echo shares her story growing into a successful Project Manager and Entrepreneur. We hear her experience knowing early on she would pursue a PM career and now working to help others through her consulting work and PM training. Listen to get her insight on how to get your PM career started and ways to accelerate your growth.
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True North Team Professional Consulting was formed in 2018 to help Program and Project Management Offices better position their teams to be successful in project delivery. We specialize in Team Building, PMO assessment, remediation, expansion and help PMO managers overcome the pitfalls associated with project delivery with large Project Management teams.
Our founder, Kim Curtis has developed a PMO structure that combines Project Management principals, Management by Objectives and Capability Maturity key performance indicators to drive success in project delivery.
With more than 30 years in the Project Management field, Kim Curtis has a wealth of long term knowledge for both process improvement and project delivery. She excels at creating structure in ambiguous environments including Enterprise PMO and Center of Excellence PMO Structures. She is considered an SME on Capacity Planning, Release Delivery and Project Scheduling and has helped several Fortune 500 companies improve project delivery, labor forecasting, and reduce turnover in high volume PMOs.
As a consultant for over a decade, she has diverse experience in retail, higher education, healthcare, and many other business sectors. She has extensive experience managing integrated project teams with complex inter-dependencies.
Her Key Performance Indicator tracking serves as a catapult to improving labor estimating, project schedule forecasting, change management and project budgeting that has transformed struggling PMOs into successful Project Management Operations Offices, her new PMO framework is called PMOps™.
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Your PM Sidekick helps ambitious and experienced professionals, from business and technical fields, prepare to take the PMP exam with focused supplemental material that fills in the gaps compared to other material on the market.
They do this by helping aspirants understand the content by leveraging real-world case studies to apply the material and providing time management techniques to avoid burnout and increase information retention.
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Echo Woolf was never an ‘accidental project manager,” instead she consciously and deliberately chose the field that she seemed drawn to, and has continued to enjoy the journey over the past 8 years.
She has worked in public and private organizations working with clients in government, non profit and for profit organizations.
Most of her career has been spent leading enterprise SaaS based solutions.
Despite her love to work as a practitioner, she realized that she wanted to build and create something on her own, thus leading to her co-founding “Your PM Sidekick.” Her business focuses on a variety of consulting, coaching and training for professionals looking to get into project management, to prepare for the PMP and to refine their skills to further advance their career.
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