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You Do Not Need A PMO. You Need THE PMO!

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I’m always being asked why organisations need a Project Management Office. For years, I was never totally satisfied with my answer. “A PMO is there to ensure project success,” I’d say, “it makes sure company procedures, practices, cultures and operations are followed and work at their best, it makes...
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The Evolution of The PMO Assessment

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Often, when you’re working in the thick of an IT Project or a busy multi-layered portfolio, it’s hard to identify even glaringly obvious risks. The Chartered Management Institute found recently that over a third (36%) of managers have experienced project failure in their career but before we rush to...
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Kick Start Your Project Management Office (PMO) - Five Key Areas of Focus and Assessment

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In 2020, the Project Management Institute (PMI) Pulse of the Profession reported that less than half (36%) of organisations achieved high alignment of projects with their organisational strategy. Projects that are not aligned to your business strategy are wasted investment. Reflect on that for a mom...
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The PMO has an image problem and it’s no laughing matter

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I heard a PMO (Project Management Office) joke today. “How many PMOs does it take to change a lightbulb? Two, one to explain it’s not the role of the PMO and the other to realise explaining this (again) is futile and just change the lightbulb anyway.” Alright, it’s not the funniest gag you’ll ever h...
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The rise of the business focussed PMO – On the shoulders of IT

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This feels like a door we’ve been pushing at for a long time. Companies and organisations seeking greater efficiency and tighter monitoring and control of IT projects opened Project Management Offices (PMO) and quickly got the results that they desired and more! As IT Projects became more business c...
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The IT PMO type that delivers most value is ...

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For a Project Management Office (PMO) to deliver peak value it needs to be designed to support the unique needs of its parent organisation and also to operate at a level that the organisation can easily understand and work with. Even as I wrote the sentence above it felt such an obvious thing to say...
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IT Projects and business value – The importance of a Strategic PMO

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Business strategic alignment. This is a drum that I've been banging for a long time. If the outcomes of your IT projects do not translate into benefits for your business - what's the point? Sounds so obvious but time after time project management teams end up not working in cohesion with their paren...
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As IT Projects Evolve in Complexity, You Need Something More RADICAL Than A RAID Log.

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Think of the implementation phase of an IT Project. Exciting, right? All that pitching, planning and preparation has led to this point! You are ready and raring to go and as you line up the road ahead, your attention will have turned to how you document and communicate within your project. At this p...
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Who needs a PMO?

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I was reminded of an old Monty Python sketch today. Did you ever see Life of Brian? One of the characters Reg, played by John Cleese, asks "What have the Romans ever done for us?" One by one, other characters pipe up with loads of suggestions ... medicine ... roads ... public order ... Eventually, R...
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Why You Should Ask Santa For A Project Management Office

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I say, "Why You Should Ask Santa For A Project Management Office” because I'm writing this with Christmas less than a month away but, if you're reading it at some other time of the year, feel free to swap in the Easter Bunny or whichever benevolent entity is about to bestow gifts upon you. This week...
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The Perfect IT Project Planning Tool For You!

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I'd only just arrived on a client visit this week and already this was my kind of conversation. "But Scoro has a real-time dashboard for monitoring KPIs!" said a voice from inside the meeting room. My ears pricked up.  "Yeah but Basecamp has great performance reporting too and the collaborative tool...
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London Olympics – Showcase for Multisourcing

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Leading industry analysts, Gartner, cites London Olympics as a further example of how complex IT Programs can be most effectively delivered using a Multisourcing model. This could form the blueprint for any complex business transformation program which involves a multitude of IT and business stakeho...
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I smiled this week as a colleague said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail” and then grimaced at delivering a cliché that makes us both cringe. Like most clichéd, ...

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