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Program Portfolio Management

At the kick-off, all that’s known is the result required – and when it is needed. What’s never grasped precisely is the work that must be done to convert targets into concrete results.

Mentor’s line of attack helps to make sure a business works on the most attractive strategic opportunities to deliver a set of business-critical objectives – in harmony with managing essential connections across all programs.

Credible plans must have an excellent foundation

Many programs, vital to corporate success, are one-offs and rarely run. Typical challenges include scant appreciation of the Program Portfolio, in terms of skills and capability – and a limited grasp of the financial investment required.

What’s more, countless program governance structures completely miss the mark on accountability – which leads to pointless struggles right through the program delivery timeline.

Credible plans must have an excellent foundation

Many programs, vital to corporate success, are one-offs and rarely run. Typical challenges include scant appreciation of the Program Portfolio and what is required to deliver it – and an insufficient grasp of the level of investment required.

Furthermore, scarcity of the skills and resources required to deliver the complex program and governance structures that miss the mark on accountability and control across the Program Portfolio, all lead to challenges throughout the program delivery timeline.

Experts in practical strategy execution

The link between ambition and delivery is a robust set of program baselines – and a thorough grasp of inter-dependencies between them.

Simplicity and transparency puts information into the proper context – helping to make sure the right decisions are taken…. and taken quickly.

Working with Mentor you get:

strong governance and a ‘tried and tested’ approach that clearly spells out roles and accountabilities

proper definition and management of dependencies and relationships between programs and the business

effective management of risk and issues – fast removal of barriers

superior communication, leading to a higher level of team engagement

overall, a first-class management team performance

Working with Mentor you get:

strong governance and a ‘tried and tested’ approach that clearly spells out roles and accountabilities

proper definition and management of dependencies and relationships between programs and the business

effective management of risk and issues – fast removal of barriers

superior communication, leading to a higher level of team engagement

 overall, a first-class management team performance

What our clients say about us

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One of the things that you buy with Mentor is really both deep and wide experience of managing change in the telecommunications industry, and not only that, you actually get that experience not just from a company but from the people who were the Principals’ of the company. I was very clear that with Mentor I was getting the A-Team, whereas with consultancy B or consultancy C, that might not necessarily have been the case. So urgent and deep was our need, Mentor really rose to the challenge of providing us with some really seasoned individuals at very short notice to be able to work with us.

As in any change management process the very first thing you have to do is to understand your baseline, where are you. Part of the Mentor approach was actually about going out talking with people vary widely in the organization, and actually baselining each project – did we have a proper set of objectives and goals for the project, was there adequate resourcing, what were the gaps, what needed to be done to change those gaps into a more confidence building environment. At the same time as to looking at individual programs, actually looking across the organization about how the establishment of the program office could actually integrate and dovetail quite closely with the existing processes of running the day-to-day business. Because at the end of the day, in any business you’re fundamentally challenged for resources.

The most important decision that you can make is what you do and what you don’t do, and they were able quite quickly to provide us with that gap analysis – on the one hand to provide recommendations as to how they should be closed and actually an understanding of which we did not appreciate at the time, of the huge interdependencies between the different programs, and the fact that a missed milestone on one could actually have significant consequences on another program. We were able really for the first time to be able to look at the process of change in a holistic kind of a way.

I was very clear I was getting the “A-team” and I really appreciated their ability to roll up their sleeves and work with people in the business. Mentor are very practical. You get deep industry experience, a very strong track record, and an uncompromising and very honest approach to assessment of the situation.

Paul Donovan
Former CEO, Eircom

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