Who Should be on the Team?

So who should be members of a project office? Well in a previous article I argued that actually you need to consider what you’re looking for from your project office. This in turn then, surely helps to dictate who should be members; some possible examples include, (but are by no ...

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Where Was It?

Now where was it!!!! Never underestimate the importance of effective filing systems within a project.  It is great to have mountains of information and resources but if no one knows where to access this information, they are nowhere near as valuable. I have often been in a position, where a ...

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New at Project Management

Since I spend some time driving in my car, and thinking, the thought crossed my mind when I saw two recent LinkedIn discussions going on about new project managers that this was a little like learning to drive. The requests were both for guidance in moving into project management and ...

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Green Project Management

I have been doing a lot of driving recently, which I enjoy as it gives me a lot of time to myself to think. One of the topics that I have been thinking a lot about is ‘Green’ project management and sustainability in general. I was fortunate enough to attend ...

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Understanding Programme Management

One of the major stumbling blocks about understanding what programme management is, really is about the difficulty in focusing on benefits rather than deliverables. With a single project – here we can take the definition of a project from the Fourth Edition of the PMBOK® Guide –  “a temporary endeavour ...

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PMO Prophets – A Case Study, Part 3

And so we come to the concluding episode of our hypothetical PMO saga. In our second examination of the PMO case study featuring “Company B” we projected how the company might address its project management issues by the creation of a professionally staffed PMO (or two).  In our last scenario, ...

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PMO Prophets – A Case Study, Part 1

It is said that a prophet is never recognised in his/her own land. Let me hypothesise a case in point.   Two professionally-qualified project managers working for an organisation (“Company B” in the representational Model #1 below), with turnover in the billions, write a paper detailing why its major projects keep ...

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Top Reasons for the Failure of a PMO

Because there are so many theories floating around as to why PMO’s fail, it is sometimes hard to know where to start! I have found a good place to begin is often with people’s experiences and observations. Here are some reasons for PMO failure that I have put together based ...

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Getting Everything on One A4

According to Second World War historians, Winston Churchill wanted all of his progress reports on only one sheet of paper. Given the huge ahead of him at that time, it’s understandable that he did not want to be distracted with large amounts of paper! Perhaps we could learn from his ...

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