Kenneth Perry

Presentation: Building an Enterprise PMO from the Ground Up: The RDU Airport Experience

Abstract: Enterprise Project Management Offices (EPMOs) are a well-established concept in Project Management literature and they are widespread across much of the private and public sectors. However, the establishment of EPMOs at US airports – many of which are local government entities – have traditionally lagged behind their contemporaries. A small but growing movement now exists to expand the adoption of EPMOs at American airports, as illustrated by Raleigh-Durham (RDU) International Airport’s experience developing an EPMO. In late 2017, RDU’s executive leadership approved the creation of an EPMO to be fully functional by mid-2019. This presentation will tell the story of RDU’s methodical approach to creating its EPMO, detailing the research conducted and specific steps taken to develop the Office and its effort to secure organization-wide buy in. It will include lessons learned and actionable tips for Project Management practitioners and organizations interested in developing their own EPMO.

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management

Biography: Kenny Perry is PMO Manager at the RDU Airport Authority. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of RDU’s PMO, directing organizational Project Management activities and supporting the increase of RDU’s Project Management maturity level. Prior to his time at RDU, Kenny worked for a number of years at an international research institute, and before that, as a DOD civilian and contract employee. He has a BA and MPA degree, and earned his PMP certification in 2015.