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Cummins Africa Middle East (AME) has been awarded the Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year Award by Project Management South Africa (PMSA). The Award honours and promotes local innovation in project management offices.

the winning cummins team at the pmo awards on 15 novemberPMSA introduced its awards programme to celebrate excellence in project management and research in South Africa in 2010, when the Excellence in Research Awards were first held. The Exceptional Project Management Awards were introduced in 2012. The awards programme is biennial, allowing nominees to submit work that achieved completion during a two-year period before submission deadlines.

Cummins AME established its Project Management Office (PMO) in 2014, and introduced a standardised project and programme management methodology for projects such as facility investment and new business entity start-ups. 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.

Eileen Marx, PMO Leader at Cummins AME, says that 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, she adds.

“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. The enabling environment PMSA creates for practitioner development through diverse means has become an unmissable feature of the programme management landscape in South Africa and internationally. The recent PMSA conference that was well attended again reinforced our belief in the organisation,” she says.

“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. 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.”

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