Cummins honoured for innovative project management

Cummins Africa Middle East (AME) was awarded the Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year Award during a conference recently hosted by Project Management South Africa (PMSA).

The winning Cummins team at the PMO Awards. Credit: Cummins

The PMO Award honours and promotes local innovation in project management offices. Cummins’ PMO was established in 2014 and introduced a standardised project and programme management methodology for projects such as facility investment and new business entity startups.

The main aim was to provide Cummins AME with a consistent project delivery standard that would enable more efficient project delivery, improved compliance with Cummins’ policies and procedures, local legislation, and the adoption of best practice in terms of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), risk, IT, and branding, among others.

The PMO focuses on effective delivery and functional excellence, explains Eileen Marx, PMO leader, Cummins AME. An important part of this enterprise has been the implementation of training and other initiatives that enables best practice project management throughout the AME region. In addition, Cummins offers a unique PMO internship to employees who are interested in project management.

Since its inception, the PMO has progressed from general introduction of project management best practice in 2015 to embedding the adopted strategy in 2016 and progressing to facilitating project delivery in 2017. The latter was particularly important given the 2017 merger of the Africa and Middle East regions, which not only increased the overall project portfolio but grew the broader PMO mandate as well.

“Our mission is to ensure consistent and reliable delivery that aligns with business needs and project commitments. We believe a standard of excellence is achievable only through sustained partnerships with our business units,” Marx comments.

She continues, “We will continue to support the business to identify opportunities for cost-savings, effective budget planning, and will strive to provide solid and insightful financial and cash flow analysis to project and programme owners. To ensure continuous improvement, we will leverage stakeholder relationships through stakeholder feedback, communication of lessons learned, and quantitative data gathering and sharing. We are confident that our adopted best practice in project management will support the effective delivery of strategic business projects.

“PMSA is known for its high standards, and we are humbled by our selection as winner of the PMO of the Year Award. We wish to express our gratitude towards PMSA for its sustained work in protecting the interests of project, programme, and portfolio management practitioners in South Africa, and providing the industry with a strong skills development platform,” Marx concludes.