The Project Management Office:  What to Look for in PMO Software

The Project Management Office: What to Look for in PMO Software

There are many project management software products, and many of them support the operations of project management offices (PMO) and the project portfolio management (PPM) function.  Every organization is unique in terms of size, industry, complexity, culture, types of projects, and more. This article explores the aspects of project management that map to the software …

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The Project Management Office:  Waterfall, Agile, and Hybrid Methodologies

The Project Management Office: Waterfall, Agile, and Hybrid Methodologies

Project Management Offices (PMOs) partner, control, or serve the organization by providing structure in the form of project management methodologies.  However, it gets more complicated when there are different project types – and different approaches to managing them. It is especially complicated when some approaches emphasize local, decentralized management – and need to support it …

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The Project Management Office:  The Three Flavors of PMOs

The Project Management Office: The Three Flavors of PMOs

There are many flavors of PMOs, according to many experts, but this article breaks it down to three main types.  They involve emphasis on partnering, controlling, and serving within the community. Partnering means the PMO provides standards and educates and assists project managers to help elevate the practice of PM throughout the organization.  Controlling sets …

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Social Media PM:  Effective Social Media Tools

Social Media PM: Effective Social Media Tools

There are a number of effective social media tools that can help the process of project management.  Effective social media PM is all about identifying the right combination of tools that will efficiently and effectively move the project forward.  Even if non-optimal tools are chosen but used effectively, the project will benefit, but ineffective use …

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Social Media PM: It’s All About Collaboration

Social Media PM: It’s All About Collaboration

When I think of ‘Social Media PM’, I naturally first think about collaboration.  It’s all about sharing information, making information open and available, and providing people with the opportunity to participate in sharing ideas and providing feedback.  Collaboration is actually quite compatible with agile, which advocates for teams being ‘self-managing’. The only way teams can …

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Organizational Agility:  Adaptability vs Predictability

Organizational Agility: Adaptability vs Predictability

Adaptability is a very admirable quality – for both individuals and organizations.  However, both individuals and organizations LOVE predictability. We tend not to like surprises!  These two characteristics – adaptability and predictability – are opposites, both admirable and desirable, and yet there is certain friction between the two.  How do we find a balance between …

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Strategy Implementation in Businesses

Strategy Implementation in Businesses

Devising business strategies is complex – but much easier to do than implementing the strategy.  Strategy implementation in businesses entails addressing broad cross-organization issues – like organizational framework, culture, communications flow, and lines of responsibility.  This article explores a few of the key factors that can make or break the successful implementation of a business …

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Strategy Implementation in Government

Strategy Implementation in Government

In my opinion, government organizations are among the most complex – because they are driven by very specific yet often open-ended missions…where success may not be easily measured, where efficiency is a secondary objective, and where matrix organizations result in lines of authority and accountability that may not be so clear and consistent.  Responsible spending …

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Strategy Implementation on Programs

Strategy Implementation on Programs

Programs provide a ‘first front line’ for implementation of strategic objectives, as programs are by nature strategically defined and implement a subset of the strategy.  As such, programs can also provide a ‘laboratory’ for implementing strategic objectives – for getting strategy implementation right before implementing elsewhere. Programs also provide the bridge to strategy implementation on …

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Quality Measurement on Your Project:  Measuring Quality in Quantity

Quality Measurement on Your Project: Measuring Quality in Quantity

You know what you’re going to measure to determine quality…but you know that the product won’t be perfect the first time out.  You’re going to need a way to execute the measurement process multiple times – or at least enough to achieve a level of confidence that you have achieved the required level of quality. The …

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