Since its inception, the IBM PMCOE working hand in hand with all business units worldwide
ensured that we became a project-based enterprise that applies and integrates project management
disciplines into all core business processes and systems. The initial charter drove more consistent
and broader use of project management disciplines, including the formalization of the position of
project manager throughout our organization.
Over time, the IBM PMCOE has driven the transformation and integration of project management
into the fabric of the organization. Our professionals are more experienced and capable in their
abilities to get their work done using project management disciplines. In addition to being one of
the world’s largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology
leader, innovating in research and development to shape the future of society at large.
Today, we see ourselves as much more than an Information Technology Company. In April 2016,
IBM’s Chairman, President and CEO, Ginni Rometty described the dawn of a new era, shaped by
AI computing and cloud platforms. She described how the IT industry is fundamentally re-ordering
at an unprecedented pace. In response, IBM is becoming much more than a “hardware, software,
services” company. We are emerging as an AI solutions and cloud Platform Company.
Fundamental to the success of this transformation is the skills and abilities of our workforce. We
are being challenged to be relevant to the marketplace of tomorrow. As a focus on continuous
learning, we have Think40 where we are encouraged to spend 40 hours every year to up-skill.
We are encouraged to have a point of view, be socially eminent and be comfortable in a customer
facing situation. We are provided with the tools and techniques, including new ways of learning
such as video, gaming and interactive eLearning techniques to enable this objective. New phrasesand concepts are creeping into the everyday vocabulary of our teams, such as agile, design
thinking, calculated risk-taking and better collaboration.
IBM’s PMCOE is no exception to this transformation and 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of
the Centre of Excellence, which clearly shows our ongoing commitment to project management
as a key profession within the corporation. Our PM curriculum is delivered globally and across all
lines of business, helping to drive a consistent base of terminology and understanding across the
company. And our project and program management profession has established an end-to end
process to “quality assure” progress through the project management career path.


1.) Referring to the extract, the company reorganized to include project management in its
operations. With this in mind, justify why companies have an increased interest in project
management in recent times. (10 Mark).

2.)Over time, the IBM PMCOE has driven the transformation and integration of project
management into the fabric of the organization”. Evident from this assertion is that this
company has and continues to align projects to its strategy.
a. Discuss (in a paragraph) the importance of aligning projects to strategy (5 Marks)
b. Justify with real life examples why the project manager should understand the strategic position of the firm. (5marks)

3.) You have been appointed the project manager at IBM, a company operating in a fast-paced
IT market. You wish to emphasize to the company bosses the need establish the sound
project priority system, and highlight some of the techniques you would employ in
selecting projects fairly. Write a discussion of not more than one page in account of these two aspect. (10marks).

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