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Del Monte


Del Monte Foods is a worldwide market leader in the food industry. The multi-billion dollar company employs over 15,000 people across the world with dozens of strategically-located distribution centers in North America.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA, the Del Monte IT Division manages the company’s technology platform, supporting worldwide operations. Like most global companies, Del Monte struggled to successfully deliver technology transformation projects and was seeking direction on how to develop an effective project management environment across the enterprise.


WiserWulff’s senior project management consultants first assessed and evaluated the state of Del Monte IT Division’s enterprise project management environment in order to establish a baseline or “known state”. Based on the results of this assessment, WiserWulff provided recommendations on how to reach the envisioned enterprise project management environment. Finally, WiserWulff consultants drafted a detailed Tactical Plan for the implementation of the suggested changes.

Enterprise Project Management Assessment

WiserWulff assessed the key components of Del Monte’s current project management environment by applying our proprietary Project Management Maturity Model.

Seven key competencies were evaluated to rate Del Monte’s existing project management capabilities and maturity level:

For each of the seven project management competencies, a score was assigned from a judgment-based scoring system, based on a qualitative assessment. Through the assessment process, WiserWulff identified the following key issues:


To reach the envisioned enterprise project management environment, WiserWulff recommended the following courses of action:

Tactical Plan

WiserWulff developed a phased approach to implementing the necessary changes. As a result, the Tactical Plan was divided into two major phases, addressing short and long term needs. In the short term, resource management, visibility and integration problems could be solved by enhancing existing “in-house” tools through an “ad-hoc” Microsoft Project-based solution. In the long term, Del Monte needed to invest in a more extensive and comprehensive initiative aimed at establishing an enterprise project management methodology and thereby improving its Project Management Maturity level.

The WiserWulff team also developed a detailed implementation project plan which provided information on resources, schedule, tasks dependencies, etc. Following are the major tasks of the plan:


Del Monte greatly benefited from the project management expertise and the external, objective perspective WiserWulff provided. The Del Monte team effectively identified known and unknown problems and clearly understood the current state of project management maturity compared to its actual need for project management.

As a result, the Del Monte team realized the need for more structural changes in the enterprise project management environment – within the IT division and across the entire enterprise – to improve overall Del Monte Food operational efficiency.