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109. Project Management Office deployment checklist

June 4, 2013

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  In order to deploy / implement a project management office, you need to have a structured approach to ensure that all the right steps are completed when required.  If not there is a risk that an important step will be missed that will then impact the roll-out of the PMO.  Not the first impression […]

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101. PMO tips: 5 actions for a PMO to quickly add value

May 3, 2013

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Unfortunately, there is still an unfair perception that PMO’s add little value, often being labeled as adding layers of bureaucracy.  While completely untrue, this is something that anyone tasked with setting up a PMO needs to be aware of and actively manage. An important aspect to managing this is delivering value early.  Unfortunately, most stakeholders […]

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98. Capturing the PMO vision and mission allowing definition of design principle

April 24, 2013

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This is the 3rd post in the series, 96. Defining objectives for a PMO to help the sponsor measure success.  In the last post I covered the approach for capturing the sponsor and stakeholders objectives (required to ensure you help the sponsor define what they want) and then translate into SMART objectives (important for the […]

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97. Define PMO objectives and translate to SMART objectives

April 17, 2013

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In the last post, 96. Defining objectives for a PMO to help the sponsor measure success, I provided and overview of how to define objectives to help the sponsor understand the value provided by a PMO.  The post included a simple action plan covering the important points. In this post I want to expand on […]

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96. Defining objectives for a PMO to help the sponsor measure success

April 15, 2013

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Firstly, I would like to thank Theresa for the e-mail suggesting a number of topics around “defining SMART objectives for implementing a PMO”, “How to help a sponsor define what they want” and “KPI’s to measure the implementation of a PMO”. These related topics are very important to the success and the longevity of a […]

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75. How to stop your PMO failing (or how to make your PMO a success)

January 10, 2013

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In the last post, 74. Why PMO’s fail, I covered the following 5 reasons why a PMO can fail. Perceived as offering little or no value Lack of senior sponsorship for the PMO Lack of authority PMO resources are inexperienced PMO operates as an audit function (project police) In this post I would like to […]

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74. Why PMO’s fail

January 6, 2013

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Many organisations now run an annual change budget.  This means that it is very common for the majority of change projects to mobilise in the first quarter (Q1) of the year.  This in turn means that this is the time that many PMO’s that are dedicated to support the change activities are formed. So if […]

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69. Launch of PMO Template Framework to help fast track the set-up of a PMO

December 13, 2012

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At the beginning of November 2012, I published the How to Design a PMO that Works e-book.  This guide provides a step by step guide to understanding, designing and implementing a practical PMO. Section 3 of the guide contained a mobilisation plan for implementing a PMO in as little as 4 weeks.  Key to achieving […]

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66. PMO mandate

November 22, 2012

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A common, even number one reason that so many project management offices fail is because they are not given the right mandate.  A decision may be made to form a PMO or, even worse, it is more of a suggestion that a PMO is formed.  Unfortunately, as one of the duties of a PMO is […]

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56. PMO planning of next year’s projects

October 4, 2012

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It is just entering October at the time of writing this post, otherwise known as the Quarter 4 (Q4).  This is the time many projects managers and sponsors have a reality check as there is only 3 months, well 2.5 months if you take out the Christmas break, to deliver. However, while it is important […]

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