J. Kent Crawford, PMP, is the founder and CEO of PM Solutions and its training subsidiary, PM College. Crawford led PM Solutions in establishing the annual PMO of the Year Award, developing the first project manager competency assessment instrument, and creating one of the first project management maturity models. These innovations not only serve the project management community at large, but are incorporated into PM Solutions consulting and training practices to ensure that clients receive services in tune with the latest developments in the marketplace. He is a popular, dynamic speaker at project management events worldwide. As an advocate of the profession, he is passionate about project management, with a focus on its business value. A former President and Chair of the Project Management Institute (PMI(R)), Crawford has been honored with the PMI Fellow Award, PMI’s most prestigious individual award.In addition to authoring The Strategic Project Office: A Guide to Improving Organizational Performance, which received the 2001 David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award from the Project Management Institute, Crawford is the author of Project Management Maturity Model: Providing a Proven Path to Project Management Excellence, Project Management Roles & Responsibilities(all now in their second editions), An Inside Look at High-Performing PMOs, Optimizing Human Capital with a Strategic Project Office, and Seven Steps to Strategy Execution.