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Establishing an Internal Mentorship Program

Joan Knutson and George Kimmell

PM Network 23 (January 2000)

Project management mentoring is not your stereotypical organizational mentor/mentee relationship. Mentors are seasoned project management professionals assigned to project teams in order to coach the project leader and the project team.

Project mentors had the opportunity to work with the corporate information services (CIS) department at Reynolds Metals Company (RMC) in Richmond, Virginia, to establish and roll out an internal mentorship program. At RMC, the client’s mandate was to accelerate the application of the project management discipline within its department. This would be accomplished by introducing a standardized project management ...

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