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Project Manager : Project Manager Aug Sept 2012
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 27 CAsE sTuDy • Process Mahoney and her team outlined a plan based on need, including a PMo, a centre of excellence to share lear nings, an education plan for staff and then a suite of support tools. Mahoney says that, from a training perspective, they decided that someone who had focused on legal training before was a vital addition, and that’s when Pam Woldow from edge International came on board. They then decided to build a PMo that wasn’t necessarily legally focused. “ The legal industry tends to listen to itself,” Mahoney explains. “so to support my over- arching role as a strategy specialist, we decided to get a project manager f rom one of the most experienced and commercially aware industries – construction.” They found Paul Michielin, a project manager who believes in King & Wood Mallesons’ vision, is flexible, and has an excellent mix of communication and persuasive skills. They also added a communications specialist to create the communications strategy and craft the cor porate messages. “ We then had a strong project manager come across from It because a lot of our tools are It-based. “Building the right team is essential,” Mahoney says. “We have a strong v ision, we’re constantly looking at it, and we always head in that direction.” pArTNErING WITH AIpm King & Wood Mallesons partnered with AIPM to recognise the training and commitment of their lawyers. “We wanted to reward them for making the change through industry recognition,” Mahoney says. “For our clients to recognise it–andforthefirmto recognise the effort and commitment – we started looking at certification.” King & Wood Mallesons chose AIPM for our reputation and approach. “AIPM’s membership base is one of the largest, it has a really strong corporate reputation, and we felt that the link between us and AIPM was both very well aligned and with a flexible approach,” Mahoney says. King & Wood Mallesons will put its first group of lawyers through its certification program at the end of this year, and will continue to progress people through AIPM’s certification levels. “Certification is for our lawyers who show an interest and an aptitude. We are looking forward to building the membership and helping people to really understand the value that project management brings to the organisation and our clients.” Outcome The PMo provides both dedicated ex pertise on client matters but also functions as a centre of excellence, prov iding project management support for all of its lawyers. “ We’ve put cor porate governance processes in place that are very malleable – that’s the reason we love Project Management Body of Knowledge – a nd we’ve allowed our lawyers to use those processes together to make their practice more project management orientated,” Mahoney says. As a result of the PMo, King & Wood Mallesons’ clients are more empowered when needing to make commercial decisions as they are kept informed every step of the way. Mahoney says the PMo is a key lynchpin at the firm. They mentor client matters and any potential problems undergo a health check. “ We’re not a policing function– it’s much more about mentoring and taking the lawyers on the journey with us,” Mahoney says. As most organisations take a closer look at roI, the PMo’s biggest payback will be being known as a firm that consistently delivers ma rket-leading work to scope, on time and on budget for their clients. “giving clients a service that meets their changing needs is something that is critical for us,” Mahoney explains. “We will see the PMo continue to educate and take our lawyers on a journey, and then we aim to further up-skill those that want to do more.” •••
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