Developing Leaders

Our success is built on high-performing teams of leaders and co-leaders who deliver exceptional client service.

Thus, at the heart of our mission is both individual and team development. UMT Institute, our education arm, delivers training to new recruits and team members on an ongoing basis. Principle training objectives include strengthening our consultants’ operational competencies, developing exceptional consulting skills, and sharing knowledge across UMT’s core PPM disciplines and capabilities.

UMT Institute

Training at UMT is an ongoing, collaborative effort. Each fiscal quarter, team members are invited by UMT Institute to share innovative solution approaches and subject matter expertise. Our trainers continue to support UMT consultants while they are in the field.
Boot Camp
Our 3-week Boot Camp for new recruits fosters a multi-dimensional learning experience. As you grow into a UMT consultant, you will gain Project and Portfolio Management tool expertise, a comprehensive understanding of UMT methodologies and best practices, and exceptional consulting skills. Though the Boot Camp sessions are facilitated, participants are challenged to think critically and independently as well as to work efficiently and effectively with peers through a variety of team-building exercises.
Knowledge Management
The knowledge of our UMT consultants is our most valuable asset and a key enabler to our firm’s growing success. As our consultants blaze the PPM trail for clients and gather field expertise, we share discoveries amongst the broader team and enhance our organizational knowledge. Our evolving Knowledge Management program reflects the value that we place on knowledge and the educational resources that we provide for our team.
Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management 101: Don’t Try to Boil the Ocean

When I first began to delve into Knowledge Management (KM) at UMT, trying to grasp the breadth of organizational knowledge felt like trying to catch an […]

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Simple, Sincere, and…

Careful: Your Acronyms Define You Professionals love to use acronyms: PMP, EPT, IPA, ROM, EFT, FTE, TOC, just to list a few that are under the […]

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Doing Things Right or Doing the Right Thing

Are we managers or leaders? The saying “Managers do things right; leaders do the right thing” suggests that there is a profound difference between managers and […]


Portfolio Agility and the PMO

Effective flow of information and knowledge offers better decision-making at the micro level (operations) and at the macro level (strategy). Our recent paper on “Portfolio Agility” […]

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Think Portfolios

Portfolio Management helps people make the best decisions towards achieving a specific goal under given constraints by prioritizing portfolio elements and then optimizing for the bigger […]

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Observe and Absorb

In management consulting, unlike photography, quantity can’t replace quality. On a sunny Saturday morning, I sat at the neighborhood market café, entertained by people watching. At […]

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Mexican Dams and the Art of Portfolio Selection

Why creative thinking is essential in choosing the right projects. I was recently reminded of an interesting story that I read a few years back in […]

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Focus and Fixation

How situational awareness stops us from fixating on the narrow aspects of one task and helps us find the right level of concentration. Some years ago, […]

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Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Asking the right questions helps drill down into the client’s real issues, ensuring that solutions tackle the real problem rather than superficial symptoms. Everyone knows that […]

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Sparking Creativity

I was recently asked an interesting question: how do you spark creativity? Some people have this image in their heads that ideas are floating in the […]

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The Human Side of Search

We recently introduced an upgraded, internal (“Intranet”) search capability, and it created something I did not expect: a stronger sense of community. This new corporate search […]

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Cultivation and Consumption (of Knowledge)

Studies have shown that those who spend time structuring their knowledge and even teaching it, enhance their performance as professionals and leaders. Capturing knowledge enables us […]