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Exploring Value for Money in a PMO

One of my training classes had ended for the day and the room was emptying.  I sensed that, given the level of debate throughout the day about PMO services, that some of the delegates were wanting to talk further about their organisation’s PMOs.

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PMO Competencies First, PMO Software Second

It is possible that all of us have attended Project Management Exhibitions and have been impressed with the array of very sophisticated technologies available for our PMO work. The vendors demonstrate the software engineering elegance; it looks so easy to drive these powerful tools, with their array of functions that ...

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Do PMOs Add Value or Add Cost?

Dr. Brian Hobbs of the University of  Quebec in Montreal, Canada, under a research grant from PMI, conducted a very interesting study on the PMO entitled: “The Multi-Project PMO: A Global Analysis of the Current State of Practice.” The goal of the survey was to use the results as a ...

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The PMO – What Does it Stand For?

I have been told by others, both inside and outside the profession and even that ultimate source Wikipedia that it stands for: Programme Management Office Project Management Office Portfolio Management Office The P can mean different things to different organisations which is what often leads to confusion around what the ...

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Four Steps to the PMO Value Improvement

In today’s economy, every company and organisation is struggling to do more with less, and performance is paramount. This is true for public and private sector entities, as well as for non-profits. Which is why, in order to prevail in lean times, it’s essential to optimise every operation of your ...

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The PMO Business Case

I had the opportunity to speak at an IT conference in Europe on the topic of the “PMO Business Case”.  Recognising it is always dangerous to assume who the audience is and their experiences I prepared a presentation on the basis of exploring some of the challenges of gaining organisational ...

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Optimizing Your PMO: Getting Ready for the Demands

Whether you manage a large team in an innovation giant or a smaller team in more of a maintenance/operations environment, you can always optimize your Project Management Office. Regardless of your current mission, CIOs are being challenged more than ever to do more with less and drive more value vs ...

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The Contract, Cost Conscious and the 24-hour PMOs

It’s a common problem – what to call a PMO? We may call our PMO a ‘PMO’ when speaking to someone outside of our organisation, yet internally it’s called something entirely different. The name is often chosen to reflect what the organisation does, or how it delivers projects or even ...

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How to create a strategically-aligned PMO

To be successful today, and take advantage of improvements in the market, businesses need to innovate their products and services – not just deliver enough to keep their customer happy. But organisations are only going to be able to achieve this if they start aligning projects with strategic initiatives. The ...

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How PMO professionals should prepare for interviews

There are three popular types of interviewing within project management and PMO: Traditional CV-based approach Competency-based interviews Scenario-based questioning The traditional approach concentrates on the skills and experiences you have presented on the CV. The interviewer will want to delve into some of the details of the role you performed ...

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Five ways for project managers to share lessons learned

We all know that capturing lessons learned is an essential part of making sure that future projects go well, but capturing and sharing them seems to be something that we don’t feel we do particularly effectively. In my experience, most project managers feel that they could ‘do’ lessons learned better. ...

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How to execute projects successfully in an Agile environment

If you want to generate an animated conversation among project managers, start talking about Agile development versus the traditional waterfall method development. The first topic in each conversation starts with: “Why and when do we need Agile development?” The answer is easy. We should use Agile when we must generate ...

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How to implement a project methodology that drives results

While there is certainly value in the efficiencies of repeatable process, common lexicon and familiar tools, unfortunately process often replaces creativity, critical thinking and the entrepreneurial spirit of an organisation, as team members become checklist drones. When we speak of specific methodologies, a lot of managers lean on some turn-key ...

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Who put the ‘M’ in PMO?

The acronym PMO might mean a Project Management Office to you – but it can also stand for Programme Management Office (confusingly also a PMO) or even a Portfolio Management Office (increasingly confusingly also a PMO). There is even talk of a Project Office (PO), a Project Control Office (PCO), a ...

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