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Project Portfolio Management Office update - a message from Executive Director, Joe O'Sullivan

Published on 19 January 2023.

Last year I explained in the Shaping the Future Forum, and through Our Derbyshire, that we are building an internal team to professionalise how we deliver change programmes across the council

This team will be part of a new Transformation and Strategy Division in Corporate Services and Transformation, and will be based on the commonly used, best practice approach of PRINCE2 for Project Management, MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) for Programme Management and MoP (Management of Portfolios) to govern the entirety of the council’s investment in change. As we enter 2023 I thought I would give you an update on how we are getting on.

We have established a central team, led by an assistant director, with business partners in Adult Social Care and Health, Children's Services and Place. We are just about to start our internal training programmes in PRINCE2, MSP and MoP which will invest in council colleagues.

One of the initial tasks of the team has been to undertake a review of our existing change and transformation programmes and projects across the council. To carry out this review, profiles have been developed to collect information from colleagues delivering the programmes and projects. At this stage this work has focused on 39 major programmes and projects with a current estimated total cost of £831.22 million (including external funding), which emphasises the scale of the council’s investment in change and the reason why we need to be as effective at delivering it as we can be. Alongside the profiling work, a SharePoint site is being created, which will include help and support for colleagues delivering programmes and projects, and provide the central point for the latest processes and documentation.

The full launch of our Project Portfolio Management Office (PPMO) across the rest of the council will be at the start of April. We will regularly update you through Our Derbyshire, but if you have any questions, please contact the team by emailing