Project Description

Val Pope

Val Pope

PMO Consultant (Master Scheduler)

Areas Of Expertise

  • Agile Project Planning
  • Monitoring and Control
  • Developing and managing project/program schedules
  • Banking, Finance & Telecommunications Technology Projects

Education

  • Bachelor of Information Systems, Monash University
  • Graduate Certificate in International Business, ANU
  • Master of Business Administration, UQ Business School
  • SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) Program Consultant (SPC 5.0)

Key Clients

  • Future Fund Management Agency
  • VicTrack
  • Telstra
  • National Australia Bank/ NAB Wealth
  • AusNet Services (formerly SP AusNet)
  • CenITex (Victorian Government)
  • IPN (Independent Practitioner Network)
  • Queensland Health
  • National e-Health Transition Authority

About Val Pope

Val is a highly experienced PMO Consultant Project Manager and Master Scheduler, joining Seven Consulting’s Melbourne Practice in January 2015. Val has expert scheduling skills (MS-Project Server 2010, Primavera P6 v7) in industries including Banking, Utilities, Energy, Transport, Health and Telecommunications.

Val is highly experienced with project planning methodologies including SAFe 5.0 (Scaled Agile), PRINCE2, MSP, P3O and PMBoK. Val also has current PMP and SAFe accreditation. He is also experienced in building and managing master schedules for multi-stream projects with resource-loaded schedules. He is highly skilled and experienced in MS Project/Oracle Primavera and Jira and has had significant training in program and project management.


What Val brings

  • Extensive Project Management/ PMO experience
  • Certified SAFe 5.0 Program Consultant, Prince2, MSP and P3O Practitioner, PMP Certified.
  • Specialist in stakeholder and dependency management in very large (> $300m) programs.
  • Strong communication, project reporting and documentation skills.
  • Rigorous Analytical ability.

Key Achievements

As PMO Consultant for the Future Fund (Australia’s sovereign wealth fund with over $200 billion under management), Val provided scheduling support to the IDM program team. Using Microsoft Project and Jira, Val was responsible for creating and maintaining an integrated Master schedule, and he is also responsible for reporting team progress using the Jira platform.


As PMO Consultant for VicTrack, Val provided scheduling support to the Project Controls team. Using Primavera P6, Val assisted during a very busy period for the PMO team. He was responsible for creating and maintaining around 15 schedules and worked with project managers and subject matter experts to ensure the completeness and currency of all plans.


As PMO Consultant for Telstra, Val’s role on the program was to identify and record requirements in Jira in the form of Capabilities and Epics and to identify external dependencies and track these in Jira. He also managed and reported on progress to the B2B executive team. The B2B Digitisation program will automate many manual processes and vastly improve the delivery of products and customer experience for Telstra Enterprise customers.


As PMO Consultant for NAB/NAB Wealth, Val provided planning and scheduling advice for the Customer Mastering and Customer Experience Centre programs, and configured the Jira platform to reflect the NAB ‘New ways of working’ in an Agile environment. Val aligned up to 30 schedules weekly for the New Payments Platform program. Working with multiple stakeholders he developed and maintained cross program dependencies and reported any movements from agreed baselines weekly. Val also developed and maintained the ADA2 program schedule for NAB Wealth and documented maintenance and update processes and mentored in-house staff in scheduling practices. Val introduced schedule quality standards and provided high-level reporting to the governance body.


As PMO Consultant for AusNet Services, Val worked in the smart metering remediation program, Val designed and developed a complex set of nested Stream-based schedules which provided the ability for management to identify, record and track dependencies across over 15 stakeholder groups. He managed the enterprise planning tool EPPM (Microsoft Project Server & SharePoint) and developed a number of solutions based on the SharePoint platform to help manage many hundreds of project Deliverables and Work Packages. Val also introduced the (PRINCE2) concept of Product Descriptions and established a register help disseminate this information and built a library of these items to improve understanding and reduce ambiguity across the organization.


As PMO Consultant at IPN, Val managed the implementation and configuration of the MS Project Server and SharePoint platform. He implemented and administered the corporate-wide cloud-based Timesheet system. Val also acted as Resources Manager and used SharePoint 2010 to build custom registers, including a comprehensive Master Site list which incorporated information on all 230+ IPN sites.


As Project Director at Queensland Health, Val managed the implementation of the Warehouse Management System (WMS) and oversaw the team responsible for the adoption of individual healthcare identifiers.


As Project Manager, Methodology and Tools at NeHTA, Val enhanced the reach of the PMO and established reporting and planning mechanisms to deliver more timely and current information to the executive level. He managed the adoption of the PRINCE2 project management methodology across the organisation, facilitated training sessions and contributed to content.


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