Agile Project Management Is Not Just a Change in Methods, It is a Shift in Metrics and Mindset

As the Agile Project Management approach becomes more mainstream, organisations considering its implementation are deluged with questions. Is agile project management right for us? Does our current structure support this change? How will we measure progress? Though replacing traditional project management methods may seem like a leap, taking an agile ...

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Reminder-Global PMO Survey-Complete this Survey and Get the Chance to Win an Ipad 2nd Generation

ESI International invites you to participate in our brief survey seeking to assess the role of the PMO and PM maturity in both your organisation and throughout the business world.  We would be most grateful if you could share your thoughts and experiences on your Project/Programme Management Office practices and ...

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When is the Best Time to Learn?

I was reviewing issues related to learning in projects; and the focus was on the difficulties in getting organisations to develop lessons learned at the end of a project. At the end of a project, when everyone is naturally much more interested in diving into the next project, it can ...

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Global PMO Survey – Complete this Survey and Get the Chance to Win an Ipad 2nd Generation

ESI International invites you to participate in our brief survey seeking to assess the role of the PMO and PM maturity in both your organisation and throughout the business world.  We would be most grateful if you could share your thoughts and experiences on your Project/Programme Management Office practices and ...

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Project Governance in Complex Projects

Some thoughts on Governance in complex projects The first question – “Are you working on a truly complex project?” A complex project is different from a complicated project. A large project can have many deliverables and people to coordinate, however, if it can use well known processes, and follow techniques ...

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Expectation Management by Plane

The wheels touched down and seconds later there was a loud fanfare. Another on time arrival…‘ was the proud declaration … last year over 90% of our flights arrived on time …‘ I had just been to Sweden; Gothenburg to be exact, as very nice city as it happens and ...

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Think of Risk Management as Competitive Advantage

Whether buying or selling outsourced products or services, organisations cannot afford not to have a risk management plan in place. Assessing and responding to risks of outsourced projects directly impact an organisa­tion’s financial and operational performance, making risk management expertise essential, for both buyers and sellers of outsourced projects. New ...

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Risk and the Concrete Barrier

The car is unwell. Not through any mechanical failing, no, but through my own mistake. It was late, very late after an 11pm flight landing and I was heading home. Needing both fuel for the Saab and fuel, in the shape of a strong coffee, for me; I stopped at a ...

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Activity by Exception

I’m not sure how many more car stories that I can relate to project management but here is one more at least. The old lady (my Saab Aero) has developed a fault. Shocking I know after 93,000 miles but it has finally happened. A little image appeared on the dashboard ...

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What to Expect in 2011 Part 2.2

In my previous posting I outlined the below key issues: –       Why business transformation? –       Where does the BABOK Guide fit in? –       Integrating PM and BA –       Knowledge Areas Here in the last section of this article I will focus on lifecycles, competencies and techniques.

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What to Expect in 2011 Part 2.1

The first sections of this article listed two directions for PMOs in 2011: Enterprise risk management: the ability to deal with uncertainty while enhancing the capacity to build value by setting an optimal balance between goals for growth and return, and related risks. Business transformation services: optimising organisational change in ...

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What to Expect in 2011 Part 1.2

In my previous post I explained the importance of Enterprise risk management and the COSO model.  Here I will highlight how the PMO can help in these vital areas. The Potential Role of the PMO in ERM It is up to the PMO to address this unbalanced risk focus, and ...

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What to Expect in 2011 Part 1.1

I have pointed out elsewhere that PMOs are like sharks: if they stop moving, they die! So, with the start of a new year, we need to see where PMOs may be heading in the future. Obviously each PMO activity has to answer a need of the organisation, and it ...

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