Could do Better

My three sons have all brought home their school reports; all generally good with, as you might expect, varying scores and comments depending upon their current skills and knowledge across the range of subjects. It made me reflect back on my own school reports which somehow seemed to have a ...

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Sharing Real Life PMO Challenges Part 2

Can you drive up levels of organisational project maturity by sharing “everything” – from the gospel of project management best practices, through tasks on a development level, to the overall progress and status of ALL projects? Should the level of data and information you share evolve in line with your ...

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Sharing Real Life PMO Challenges Part 1

On Tuesday 5th of October 2010 ESI hosted a half day event for its PMO Centre of Excellence Community. This event entitled “Sharing Real Life PMO Challenges” provided a forum for COE members to meet, network and share their real life experiences and challenges. Throughout this interactive event, the moderator ...

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Texting is not Communicating!

I do text but only very occasionally. My wife texts all the time. There is something very frustrating and excluding when you are with someone (say in your car – hey I got driving in to story again) and the mobile phone goes beep beep (or something even worse). The ...

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5 Social Media Tools for Project Managers

The term ‘social media’ covers a lot of different tools.  Many people see social media as a marketing tool and a way of engaging with customers.  That’s a good way to use social media, but we can also take the same principles and adapt them to communicating and collaborating with ...

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Projects Online: the New Rules of Engagement

What’s all this social media stuff about?  You’ve probably seen a lot about social media for marketing and communicating with customers, but you can also use social media tools within your company. Social media in a business context is communication and collaboration with purpose.  Let’s look at each of those ...

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How Does A PMO Come into Being? Part 2

In my previous posting we looked at the why and the what of the PMO.  In this section I will focus on how a PMO comes into being and why sometimes it seems to come up against barriers to its effectiveness. A newly created PMO will typically be closely monitored ...

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Make it Good News

I was, for once, not in my car. Yes a bit of a shocker I know but I was attempting to be a little bit ‘green’ and I hadn’t been on the city’s ‘Park and Ride’ service for some time. So last Saturday there I was waiting with the family, ...

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One Size Fits All?

OK, what’s your take on this whole idea of one size fitting all? Is it realistic that one set of Project Management procedures are appropriate for ALL projects? Let’s not even take this at a global level, let’s just say within the same organisation or even within the same department. ...

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The Process is not the Objective

1.    Background For quite a number of years, organisations have seen a need to prove their “excellence” in an objective way to their current and potential clients. This has led to a proliferation of standards, such as TQM, Six Sigma and, of course, the focus on the Capability Maturity Model ...

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