Building Out St. Cloud State University’s Project Management Office

Wednesday, December 11
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm


Thursday, December 12
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Geek School

Joe Perzel
Partner, JPerzel Inc

St. Cloud State University (SCSU) has been embarking on an effort to improve its ITS department’s ability to manage projects throughout the life cycle and provide optimum value to the University. In addition, ITS has been challenged with doing more with fewer resources and improving transparency to the campus stakeholders. To accomplish this SCSU set-out on a 12-month effort to define the Project Manager Office’s (PMO) charter, set-up the policies, processes, and artifacts and then execute on their charter.

To date, SCSU has taken the steps to organize the PMO, define and create the required artifacts, determine resource availability, communicate and get buy-in from the major stakeholders and then complete the process for intake and project kick-off for their first cycle.

This case study presentation will discuss the project as it has unfolded from the beginning through the first intake cycle and the kick-off of projects, discussing the strategy and tactics used as well as the things that went well and lessons learned along the way.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover what worked over the 18-month process.
  2. Hear what could have gone better or been improved.
  3. Learn how to apply to your own environment by participating in a Q&A.

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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central