ITMPI FLAT 004

Schedule Your PMO for a Tune-Up

It is called “business” because it keeps people “busy.” Maintaining a PMO, supporting projects, and running projects are all vast time expenditures by themselves. Is there any time leftover to pause and assess if the PMO could use a tune-up? If not, then perhaps you should convince people to make ...

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5 Supportive Ways to Avoid Project Failures

Project failure is costly, no matter how “valuable” the lessons learned from it. It is best to get it right in the first place. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander outlines some ways to accomplish this, and the first step is to establish an enterprise project management office (EPMO). ...

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4 Questions to Ask When Starting a PMO

There are many questions you need to ask when you start a PMO. We immediately want to go to defining the services, building templates, taking on an army of PMs, and starting projects. Before you come in like gangbusters, take a few moments to ask some very fundamental questions that ...

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Does Agile Kick the PMO to the Curb?

If an organization is undergoing a wide agile transformation, is it time to sunset the PMO? Okay, that is a loaded question with a lot of variables. So in a post for Leading Agile, Marty Bradley considers one specific example that he sees frequently: The company is in an ad ...

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4 Stages of Adding Value in the PMO

The PMO makes people’s lives easier. The only reason not to like the PMO is if the PMO is not working right. Is your PMO providing enough value to put smiles on managers’ faces? In a post for PMO Guru, Sandra Arps takes the simple plan-do-check-act framework and applies it ...

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3 Quick Tips to Keep the PMO Running

PMOs can be like zeppelins—big and formidable, yet still unsuspectingly fragile. Marilyn de Villiers shares three small tips to keep the PMO from crashing and burning in an article for ITWeb. The first is to define the purpose, mandate, and vision of the PMO before it is built. The alternative—building ...

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Don’t Boil the Ocean When Creating a PMO

While some people may not have heard the term “boil the ocean,” most have heard of the KISS principle, “keep it simple, stupid.” The idea is not to complicate things unnecessarily. Makes sense to me, I’m all about simple-is-better! But accomplishing the impossible isn’t always so bad either. I think ...

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Big Challenges for the PMO in 2017

Which meteors are coming to humble your PMO this year? Or rather, which PMO improvements are you bold enough to undertake? In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Lindsay Scott considers the myriad challenges that PMOs might face this year: Improving the maturity of organizational project portfolio management (PPM) ...

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How to Make Your PMO More Visible

Brad Egeland offers a few tips to make PMOs more visible in a post for Project Management Tips. Visibility maintains PMO authority so that it is not undermined by internal politics. A worthwhile PMO will do things like implement effective, repeatable processes for managing projects. They will hire competent project ...

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