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Our Mission

To take the "guess" out of your work using Smartsheet

Our Founder

Melissa McDonald is the Founder and Managing Director of The Smart PM. She is a former three-time PMO Director and Smartsheet user herself.  And before that, she proudly served on Active Duty in the United States Army as an Engineer Officer. Essayons!  More importantly, she loves to cycle and travel the globe!


Melissa has more than 20 years of experience managing people, projects, and portfolios in both the government and private sectors. She has supported clients in various industries, to include Defense, IT, Healthcare, Finance, Engineering, HR, and Operations. 


Melissa has a Master of Science Degree in Project Management (MSPM) from Boston University and Bachelor of Science in Physics from Xavier University. In addition, she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP), Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), SAFe Agilist, and Certified Smartsheet Sales & Solutions Consultant.


Our History

  • 2019 MCM PM Consulting founded in Phoenix, AZ

  • 2019 MCM PM Consulting reimagines an IT PMO for first Fortune 500 client

  • 2019 MCM PM Consulting implements integrated Smartsheet PPM solution for Fortune 500 client

  • 2021 MCM PM Consulting renamed The Smart PM LLC

  • 2021 The Smart PM becomes a Smartsheet Aligned Silver Professional Services Partner

  • 2021 The Smart PM implements PMO and Smartsheet PPM solutions for $500M private equity company

The Smart PM

The Smart PM is a Woman Veteran-Owned Small Business with Certified Project Management Professionals and Smartsheet Service Providers that love what they do! 


We have developed holistic Smartsheet programs and solutions for PMOs, IT, HR, Marketing, Finance, and other sectors. Together, we’ll create a smarter working solution for you and your team and the know-how to take it to the next level.


We are located in Phoenix, Arizona and provide onsite, virtual, and hybrid consulting options, as well as the availability to travel to your location.

Recent Podcasts

Now That's Smart - Project Management Office Hours Podcast


Hear the story behind Melissa starting The Smart PM

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Project Management and Technology - Collaborative Connections Radio Show


How much easier would life be if there was an app to streamline your business or you could outsource all of your projects to someone else?  Take a listen.

Show Me Your RAID Log with
Special Guest Melissa McDonald

Our Clients/Projects

Our Partners


The PMO Squad deploys the best team in the industry to deliver Agile, Hybrid and Traditional Project Management and PMO solutions and resources to clients across the United States. We serve multiple industries, and we support clients of all sizes from the local start-up to global Fortune 200 conglomerates. All companies have projects, but few companies deliver projects successfully. Get a step up on your competitors by outperforming them on your key strategic initiatives. 

Smartsheet connects the business on a flexible, no-code platform that empowers anyone to create the solution they need with the control and security IT demands. 

From collaboration tools that keep teams aligned, to intelligent workflows that drive productivity, to end-to-end solutions for content and resource management, our platform empowers the entire enterprise to make an impact.


 Smartsheet, and the Smartsheet logo, and other product names are the trademarks or registered trademarks property of Smartsheet Inc. in the United States and other countries.

The PMO Leader Community is the one-stop shop for you and your team. The Community provides solutions ranging from online courses to professional services to the latest in PMO technology and forums for peer interaction. Each area of this site is dedicated to delivering trusted, quality content to build the premier global PMO Community. 


 The PMO Leader site provides both free and paid content from industry Leaders and Influencers across the globe.  They are one global community sharing their knowledge and experiences for the good of the industry.

Our Credentials

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Our Happy Clients

"I was lucky to have Melissa assigned as my Smartsheet consultant. After assessing our complex needs she came up with solutions that would work for us. She is sharp, quick, and incredibly focused on success. Her project management skills and leadership skills allowed us to establish a successful end project that exceeded our needs. Working with her is a pleasure and I hope to continue to work with her as our organization needs grow and change."

Kelly J., AbbVie HR Communications Assoc. Director

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