Edward Leydon

Paper and Presentation: Transforming the Organization in Project Management to Deliver Value

Abstract: Transforming the organization to manage projects and deliver value through a hybrid Lean/Agile/DevOps framework is recognition that there may be no one size fits all methodology for for your organization. There must be a strategic view of the what the organization wants to achieve that outlines the requirements for the framework that will be adopted. One of the key factors is how the organization delivers value to its customers. Value creation can also be viewed in terms of the internal customers or stakeholders as well in delivering results related to the organizations strategic goals. An Agile transformation to establishing business agility can help in structuring the portfolio management at the strategic level. There must also be a layer between the executive leadership or key stakeholders and the execution teams at the working level. This is where Agile and DevOps can work together in a hybrid approach that can be tailored under some level of governance for a variety of applications. This creates a balance between structure or rigor and flexibility. All these components of the framework must operate in the most efficient manner which is where the best practices of lean can be added to the mix. This mixing and combining of elements of various methodologies and principles creates a hybrid framework that can be aligned with the project management approach to ensure all the pieces are working together harmoniously.

Some Key Concepts:

  • Understanding the Strategic Goals of the Organization
  • Applying Agile for Business Agility
  • Connecting Strategic Goals to Execution
  • Balancing the priorities and resource constraints of Development and Operations
  • Applying Lean Best Practices to Drive Continuous Improvement
  • Developing a Project Management Approach for a Hybrid Framework to Promote Predictability and Ability to Consistently Deliver on Committed Results

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Biography: Edward Leydon is an influential leader with proven success in creating PMO frameworks, devising best practices in Program/Project Management, and coordinating with program heads and senior leadership of the organization. Edward is currently Project Management Office (PMO) Head with Computercraft at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), part of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His employment history includes key accomplishments as Staff Systems Engineer and Engineering Program Manager at Lockheed Martin, PMO Director at Honeywell Aerospace and Director of PMO and Strategy at Beacon Red.

Edward has a track record of designing and executing enterprise programs by establishing vision, influencing team members, and setting direction to deliver consistent results on time, within budget, and complete scope requirements. He has a rich background in deploying several right-sized PMO frameworks by identifying the specific appropriate level of oversight and proposing solutions to deliver consistent results. He has a history of increasing project efficiencies, scalability, and adaptability by managing business operations, developing system as per company standards, and using lean/agile processes.

Edward has led successful enterprise-level $100M+ annual budget transformational business initiatives working with leadership teams and executive (C-Level) leadership managing program performance budget, schedule, scope, resources, and critical deliverables. In addition, he has a passion for sharing his expertise and is a successful coach, trainer, and mentor. He has worked on developing teams in China, Czech Republic, India, Puerto Rico, UAE, UK and USA.

Edward holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Project Management, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Engineering Technology, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Certified SAFeĀ® 5 Program Consultant (SPC), Design For Six Sigma (DFSS) Green Belt and has received many other awards and recognitions throughout his career.