When a PMO Shuts Down


Earlier this year the Global State of the PMO Report for 2015 was launched. One area which wasn’t explored fully in the report were the cases where respondents have experienced the shut down of their PMO. When asked in the initial survey, 26% said their organisation doesn’t currently have a ...

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The Looming Skills Crisis in Agile


About two years ago I decided I needed to know more about Agile. I had read several books on the topic, including Jim Highsmith’s Agile Project Management, but reading about it wasn’t enough for me. Although I had worked in IT for almost 17 years, a majority of which was ...

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Avoiding Scrap Heap Projects


Many a well-conceived project ends up in the scrap heap because of inadequate expectation setting, or sponsors and key stakeholders who become disinterested or impatient with projects that don’t produce deliverables quickly enough. These projects, after creating an initial buzz, appear to enter ‘a dark twisty tunnel’ where the light ...

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The Out Of Control Project Manager


As project managers, we typically like to be in control. However, the reality of the situation is that we simply can not control everything. We can plan to our heart’s content—but rarely is a project executed and delivered exactly as we had planned. In this article we will explore how ...

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The Project Manager as a Coach


Most project managers who have received any training at all have undoubtedly heard about the need to delegate. As we cannot manage significant projects and perform all necessary tasks ourselves, delegation is an absolute must to expand one’s capabilities as a project manager. Smart project managers, however, go beyond delegating; ...

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