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The IMPACT Engine

Accelerating Strategy Delivery for PMO and Transformation Leaders

Organizations must accelerate strategic results to thrive, and they need you in the driver’s seat.

With three decades helping organizations deliver change, 2021 World PMO Influencer Laura Barnard unveils the system she uses with clients and students to evolve stagnant project and transformation teams into nimble, business-driven delivery engines.

The IMPACT Engine is a comprehensive playbook that will help you accelerate business value, deliver sustainable change, drive higher ROI, increase stakeholder buy-in, and earn your place guiding
organizational priorities.

“I have never encountered a management book that was truly a page-turner, but I couldn’t put The IMPACT Engine down. Laura Barnard has created a book that is analogous to the proverbial ‘mentor’ that readers can always turn to for advice! A must-read for anyone in the business of delivering change.”

Who's this book for?

See how the techniques in The IMPACT Engine have been helping organizations around the world make a bigger IMPACT. 

CEO, AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION

Joel Albizo, FASAE, CAE

“Implementing Laura Barnard’s IMPACT Engine System in two organizations exponentially improved accountability, efficiency, staff growth, and mission IMPACT, helping us achieve outsized results. Barnard’s unique approach focuses on solving business problems rather than simply standing up a project management office. I encourage fellow executives to see this book as a window into a better execution system that can transform an organization’s culture and processes, strengthening its people and its IMPACT on the world.”

Senior Director, PMO and PMO Success Coach

Andrea Cirelli, PMP

“I’ve applied Laura Barnard’s IMPACT Engine System to more than six PMOs across three different companies and now coach others to do the same. This program is a game-changer. Whether you’re struggling with where to start, what to prioritize, or how to set up your PMO, this is the right guidebook, at the right time, with the right coach. You’ll save time, energy, and your sanity while helping you achieve measurable business results!”

Strategy and Operational Agility Executive

Apriel Biggs, CEC, CTC, PMP

“Laura Barnard’s transformative approach has revolutionized the way I guide people through change. With empathy and understanding, she masterfully supports individuals and organizations on their journey to unlock their full potential and achieve their strategic goals. Barnard’s expertise showcases the power of creating a positive, collaborative environment that empowers organizations to thrive.”

PMO Consultant, Coach and Instructor

Gregor Androjna, CB-PMO®, Prosci® CCP, Business Coach®

“The IMPACT Engine is a mind-shifting book filled with ‘aha’ moments. If you are a consultant building project capability for clients, you can use this step-by-step framework to elevate your IMPACT and grow your business in the process.”

President of PMI Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, PMOGA Fellow, World PMO Leader, Strategy Implementation Winner

Badr Mohammed Burshaid

“The IMPACT Engine encapsulates the essence of accelerated strategy execution and robust delivery capabilities. The principles in this book provide a clear, actionable path to success, resonating with strategic initiatives and transformative projects. Laura Barnard’s insightful approach offers practical guidance and inspiration for anyone seeking to make a significant IMPACT.”

Associate Faculty, College of Business and Professional Studies, Project Manager

Margaret Gunnion

“With her emphasis on the step-by-step approach, Laura Barnard gives a clear perspective on how to build the mindset to excel through the transformation journey. The IMPACT Engine is written so that anyone can understand and follow the path to greater IMPACT, performance, and goal realization in the organization.”

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What's Inside the Book

Drive high-IMPACT business value with a game-changing strategy delivery system

Following the six-stage road map, you will embrace the IMPACT Driver Mindset, secure quick wins, and scale value while addressing shifting business priorities―the key to sustained relevance at the leadership table as the Strategy Navigator your C-Suite needs by their side. Packed with real-world examples and downloadable tools, this system will help you ignite high-performance delivery across the organization.

STAGE ONE

NEW ROLE, NEW MINDSET

Position yourself for success by developing the optimal IMPACT Driver Mindset and discovering the secrets to high-IMPACT strategy delivery.

CHAPTER 1
Your Strategic Opportunity

CHAPTER 2
You Are an IMPACT Driver

CHAPTER 3
The IMPACT Engine System

STAGE TWO

ASSESS THE ORGANIZATION

Build strong stakeholder relationships and unlock their highest priorities that, when addressed, will have your stakeholders begging for more.

CHAPTER 4
Bring Them with You

CHAPTER 5
Give Them What They Want

STAGE THREE

DEFINE HIGH-IMPACT SERVICES

Earn credibility fast with high-IMPACT solutions that get to the root of the organization’s pain points.

CHAPTER 6
Solve the Right Problem

CHAPTER 7
Create Solutions Across the Strategy Lifecycle

CHAPTER 8
Determine Your “Worth It Factor”

STAGE FOUR

PLAN THE IMPACT JOURNEY

Complete your IMPACT Delivery Model to guide the organization toward greater value realization for the strategy.

CHAPTER 9
Develop the IMPACT Delivery Plan

CHAPTER 10
Become the Stakeholder Whisperer

STAGE FIVE

DELIVER SUSTAINABLE VALUE

Drive exceptional business results that strategically position your team at the center of organizational value delivery.

CHAPTER 11
Create a Delivery-Focused Culture

CHAPTER 12
Lead the Change

STAGE SIX

EVOLVE YOUR IMPACT ENGINE

Iterate your way to IMPACT following the adaptive continuous value delivery model so shifting business needs don’t derail success as you become the Strategy Navigator and earn that seat at the leadership table.

CHAPTER 13
Drive Continual Value Delivery

CHAPTER 14
Take Your Seat at the Table

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I Wish I Had Me When I Was You

In the late 90s, I fell in love with big transformational change. After 15 years inside organizations building PMO and transformation teams, I learned a lot of tough lessons, much of it the hard way!

My goal now is to ensure that YOU have it easier than I do.

As someone who has navigated the complexities of strategy delivery for thirty years, I wrote The IMPACT Engine to be the mentor I wish I had earlier in my career. This book is your gateway to becoming the Strategy Navigator your organization needs to accelerate the delivery of your organization’s strategy and elevate your career in the process.

I’m looking forward to supporting you on your journey!

Book Recommendations

With over 30 years focused on all things PPM, I can truly say I’m in awe of what Laura has accomplished with her excellent book. I truly wish I had this book available during my 10 years at Gartner so I could have just said to clients “read this book before you do anything else,” Laura makes it clear that it is people first, process second. She also makes it very clear that the process itself has to ADD value rather than just control and report on activities. Thank you for the job well done, Laura.

Donna Fitzgerald

CEO, Nimble PM

A super-helpful recipe to elevate the performance of any PMO or enterprise transformation effort, and drive high-IMPACT mission success.

Mike Hannan

CEO, Fortezza Consulting; Co-Founder Project Management for Change

More than just a step-through process from strategy to execution, Laura Barnard’s The IMPACT Engine emphasizes the crucial mindset change that sets it apart from other books. She demonstrates that you can and must know where to steer, adopting a solution-oriented approach that unleashes your team’s potential to deliver value quickly and effectively. If you manage projects, regardless of your organization’s structure, this book is essential. Get The IMPACT Engine and set your direction... fast!

J. Kendall Lott

CEO, M Powered Strategies; Co-Founder, Project Management for Change

If you need to transform strategy into action that makes an IMPACT, this is your golden guidebook.

Dawn Mahan

Founder & CEO, PMOtraining.com

Finally! A step-by-step guide for PMO leaders that dispenses with dogmatic theory—and gets results

Jesse Fewell

Consulting CEO & Chair of PMBOK® Guide 8th Edition

Realize the full potential of your business through better approaches designed to elevate business value.

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting

I’ve personally seen delivery leaders go through the IMPACT Engine process and go from burned out to burning bright! This system just works every time.

Stuart Easton

CEO, TransparentChoice

Implementing Laura Barnard’s IMPACT Engine System in two organizations exponentially improved accountability, efficiency, staff growth, and mission IMPACT, helping us achieve outsized results. Barnard’s unique approach focuses on solving business problems rather than simply standing up a project management office. I encourage fellow executives to see this book as a window into a better execution system that can transform an organization’s culture and processes, strengthening its people and its IMPACT on the world.

Joel Albizo

CEO, American Planning Association

A seminal work for PMO and strategy leaders navigating complex organizational landscapes. This book doesn’t just theorize; it equips you with pragmatic strategies and real-world tactics to drive sustainable business outcomes. The IMPACT Engine is not merely a book; it’s a catalyst for change.

Michael Shost

Global PMO Leader and Innovation Pathfinder

The IMPACT Engine System is comprehensive, practical, and proven. You are led through a logical sequence of steps that results in faster, better business outcomes that are aligned with the organization’s strategy, providing undeniable value for the organization, and ultimately earning you a seat at the table as the organization’s Strategy Navigator.

Beth May

COO, Project Management for Change

A mind-shifting book filled with ‘aha’ moments. If you are a consultant building project capability for clients, you can use this step-by-step framework to elevate your IMPACT and grow your business in the process.

Gregor Androjna

IES student; PMOexpert, PMO Consultant

I’ve applied Laura Barnard’s IMPACT Engine System to more than six PMOs across three different companies and now coach others to do the same. This program is a game-changer. Whether you’re struggling with where to start, what to prioritize, or how to set up your PMO, this is the right guidebook, at the right time, with the right coach. You’ll save time, energy, and your sanity while helping you achieve measurable business results!

Andrea Cirelli

IES student and coach; Senior Director, MassDOT PMO

The IMPACT Engine encapsulates the essence of accelerated strategy execution and robust delivery capabilities. The principles in this book provide a clear, actionable path to success, resonating with strategic initiatives and transformative projects. Laura Barnard’s insightful approach offers practical guidance and inspiration for anyone seeking to make a significant IMPACT.

Badr Mohammed Burshaid

Chairman, Global Project Management Forum

You’ll find yourself reviewing this book again and again to ‘broaden your focus beyond project execution’—and you’ll establish and sustain a disciplined cadence that enables you to deliver more value.

Willetta Love

IES student; Associate Director, Strategy Office, American Psychological Association

By emphasizing the value chain and strategy lifecycle, Laura Barnard positions the PMO as a crucial player in driving organizational transformation and operational excellence. Her focus on practicality, collaboration, and impactful results sets a new standard for excellence in organizational management.

Saadi Adra

CEO ADVISORS, PMI Snyder Award Winner, / 2022 World PMO Influencer

The IMPACT Engine masterfully bridges the gap between strategic intent and execution excellence. This book is a beacon for PMO, transformation, and strategy leaders aiming to navigate the complexities of organizational change with grace and efficacy.

Thomas Kennedy

IES student; Senior Manager, PMO

The bible on how to run a PMO! Read this book if you want to succeed in project delivery.

Peter Badger

IES student; Head of Program Management

The IMPACT Engine System offers a fresh perspective and a comprehensive approach to not only establishing your PMO but also ensuring sustainable value.

Jeni Pitman

IES student; General Manager Transformation Office, InvoCare

Laura Barnard’s transformative approach has revolutionized the way I guide people through change. With empathy and understanding, she masterfully supports individuals and organizations on their journey to unlock their full potential and achieve their strategic goals. Barnard’s expertise showcases the power of creating a positive, collaborative environment that empowers organizations to thrive.

Apriel Biggs

IES student; PMO Executive ; Certified Enterprise Agile Coach

A great insight into how to set up or turn around PMOs and ensure they deliver strategy in a structured yet flexible way.

Nicolete Friedmann

PMO Practice Lead

Recommended for every PMO—whether you are a one-person PMO or you have staff to assist you.

Jette Jepsen

Continuous Improvement Manager

A comprehensive guide that seamlessly navigates the complexities of project and portfolio management.

Victor Chidongo

IES student; Head of PMO, Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Africa

The key to creating and delivering a repeatable, step-by-step approach to take your PMO to the next level while providing immense business value.

Brenda Lindberg

IES student; IT PMO Director

Gives you the arsenal of skills and tools to develop yourself and your team as strategy leaders and IMPACT Drivers in the organization.

Monie Manugue

Director, Delivery Management

The IMPACT Engine is an essential guide for both aspiring project managers and seasoned PMO leaders. Through compelling stories and proven strategies, Laura Barnard provides a clear path to help us make a transformative IMPACT on our organizations. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to drive success, optimize their PMO’s performance, and take their project management skills to the next level.

Rebecca Seago-Coyle

PMO Leader

Exceptional! This action-oriented book will change the way you think about and build your PMO. Buy it! You will have NO REGRETS!

Joan Rausch

IES student; PMO Leader

With her emphasis on the step-by-step approach, Laura Barnard gives a clear perspective on how to build the mindset to excel through the transformation journey. The IMPACT Engine is written so that anyone can understand and follow the path to greater IMPACT, performance, and goal realization in the organization.

Margaret Gunnion

IES student; Project Manager

Filled with action-taking steps and resources, this book is everything you need to guide you on the journey of building a PMO and delivering your organization’s strategy.

Jeanne Brock

IES student; ERP Systems Manager

I believe any leader—PMO, change agent, project manager, etc.—can benefit from this book.

Vickie Sasser

IES student; Scrum Master 3

An opportunity to get out of the old-school PMO mindset and elevate your team and organization.

Tamera Rynshoven

IES student, Director IT Program Management Office

A step-by-step method to setting up a team to deliver strategy that is steeped in competence, practical experience, and laser-focused guidance.

Vijay Chavda

IES student; Operations Director

An extraordinary source of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement. What attaches the reader most is Laura Barnard’s generosity of heart, which shines through in the abundance of information she doesn’t hesitate to share, her passion, and her immense desire to make us IMPACT Drivers!

Jeanick Debrosse

IES student; PMO Director at Groupe ProFin

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