Why a Project Management Office? Julie explains

 Updating the equipment that generates more than 2,100 megawatts of clean, renewable, reliable energy and bringing high-speed, fiber-optic network services to thousands of customers throughout Grant County doesn't just happen. These achievements require a steady flow of capital projects that ensure Grant PUD consistently delivers the products and services our customers value.

Starting to be at the core of these projects is the Project Management Office (PMO). The team launched about a year ago to ensure projects are managed efficiently and deliver high-quality results. Grant PUD budgets approximately $100 million annually on capital projects. It makes a lot of sense to centralize our activities through a central office that can ensure best practices and a uniform project-management approach.

While the PMO is relatively new, several team members have an impressive breadth of experience that makes them well-suited to support capital projects.

For example, Chris Roseburg, worked in our IT group for 10 years and drove the effort to improve IT project delivery before joining the PMO. He led the ARCOS mobile workforce management implementation and recently launched the MyHR system.

Russ Seiler, an engineer by trade, led projects out of the Power Delivery division for four years before joining the PMO to provide his expertise across all Power Delivery projects, specifically Design Build 2, the Quincy Transmission Expansion Project and the Wholesale Fiber Expansion Project.

Randy Weisheit started in the IT group seven years ago. He's been instrumental in launching the PMO and now focuses on quality control and standardization.

Dustin Bennett worked as an Inspector and project specialist out of the Power Production division for 10 years before he joined the PMO to launch the new Project Services Department. He's also leading an internal effort to build out our PMO capabilities and expertise in project management.

Melanie Beck brought over 20 years of experience in corporate training to the PMO. Now she'll be heading up our change management practice, which you'll be hearing more about in coming months.

Aaron Kuntz, who will oversee capital projects in Power Production, is currently serving as the interim maintenance supervisor for Priest Rapids. With his strong understanding of the plants, Cultural Resources, Environmental Affairs and project management, Aaron will be a valued addition to our team.

Finally, I worked in a variety of finance and operations roles at the district over the past 10 years that included leading multiple projects. Today, I head up the PMO.

Much of the value our customers derive from Grant PUD is delivered through capital projects. In a future article, I look forward to sharing some of the ways the PMO Team is adding value and improving processes on our most critical projects.
— Julie Pyper, Senior Manager PMO

Julie Pyper