July 23, 2014

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164. Are your PMO processes embedded and BAU?

As we are now into the start of the summer holiday period in many countries, it made me think about an article from last year, 121 PMO Holiday Checklist.  The concepts are still valid.  However, in order for them to work it made me realise that the processes really need to be embedded to be […]

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June 25, 2014

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163. Beware of perfection when developing templates!

In this post I want to share some thoughts on why as a PMO we must be mindful of not allowing perfection to impede progress.  While the principles will be in respect of developing project and PMO templates, the concept can equally be applied to many other areas. Challenge An important role of the PMO […]

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June 21, 2014

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162. How to upgrade your Practical PMO Resource Centre membership

While many members of the Practical PMO Resource Centre choose to purchase the PMO Resource Toolkit, that currently provides access to all of the premium PMO resources, there are others who do not and then decide to upgrade.  As more and more resources have been added, this has made the upgrade process confusing.  Obviously this […]

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June 19, 2014

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161. 5 steps for running a dependency workshop

 In the last post I shared 5 activities that are needed for a dependency management process.  This included the important step of validating dependencies as, without confirming between the “giver” and the “receiver”, there is a high chance the dependency will not be honoured. There are different ways of validating dependencies.  In this post I […]

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June 17, 2014

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160. 5 activities you need to help manage project dependencies

In a perfect world, every project would exist a bubble where there were no constraints. All required resources (people, budget, facilities, technology, etc) would be available to suit the timelines defined by the project. Unfortunately, most of us do not have the benefit of this type of “bubble”. Therefore, the outcome of the project is […]

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June 9, 2014

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159. Launch of the Project Planning Workshop Framework

After finishing the 4 part post series on project planning, it occurred to me that the approach I shared would make a valuable addition to the tools and frameworks within the Practical PMO Resource Centre.  Therefore, I am pleased to announce the launch of the PMO Project Planning Workshop Framework as the latest resource. This […]

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May 31, 2014

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158. Post project planning workshop activities

This is the final post in the 4 part series of project planning workshops.  It covers the activities after the workshop has been completed.  These activities are important to fully realise the benefits of the session. Write Up The first activity is to capture all of the information from the workshop into electronic format: Timeline […]

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May 28, 2014

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157. How to set up and run a project planning workshop

This is the 3rd post in a 4 part series on planning workshops.  Post 155, Running a Planning Workshop with Resources Costing Less Than £50 provided and overview.  Post 156, Preparing to Run a Planning Workshop, covered the preparation work.  In this post I am going to cover the running of the workshop. Room Set-up […]

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May 23, 2014

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156. Preparing to run a project planning workshop

In the last post I gave an overview of an approach I have used to run successful project planning workshops.  In this post I would like to cover the preparation work that should be completed ahead of any workshop.  I can not stress enough the importance of good prep.  Just like studying for an exam, […]

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May 19, 2014

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155. Running a project planning workshop with resources costing less than £50!

At the centre of every project there should be a plan.  This explains what activities need to be completed by when in order to meet the objectives / outcomes defined in the business case.  Having a credible plan is very important.  Knowing what needs to be completed and then tracking progress, allows the project manager […]

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