Project risk management

he post How to identify project risks, covered a number of techniques to identify risks.  Like with most things in project management, management of project risks is not a “one-off” event that you complete, tick the box and then file.  In order to effectively manage risk, you must have active project risk management. In order…

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Process for identifying project risks

How to identify project risks

PMO Risk Identification If you was to ask project managers or PMO practitioners what are the common causes for project failures you would probably get responses such as “scope creep”, “incorrect estimates”, “late delivery of functionality” and many more.  What these and the other causes will have in common is that they are all issues…

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PMO tips: 5 actions how a PMO can add value

PMO tips – 5 actions for a PMO to quickly add value

Unfortunately, there is still an unfair perception that PMO’s add little value, often being labelled 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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PMO Charter

PMO Charter

This blog post will cover the importance of producing a PMO charter.  As I have mentioned before, there is no such thing as a standard PMO.  They are all different and should be designed to meet the objectives of the organisation while, being aligned to the culture of an organisation. What is the purpose of…

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Reviewing PMO monthly report

PMO Monthly Reports

The last post covered why it is helpful to establish a PMO reporting calendar so as to ease the task of collecting updates from all the project managers. So if you have been successful in putting this in place and all of the project managers are submitting their status reports, what next? You had better…

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Building PMO reporting calendar

PMO tips – PMO reporting calendar

As part of managing or working in your PMO do you find that it is a constant battle with the project managers to get timely project updates?  This is an experience everyone in a PMO has experienced at some point. Problem When you chase a project manager for the status update, it is not unusual…

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Diagram showing core PMO functions

PMO Functions

There is no such thing as a typical PMO.  The very fact that all organisations are different in style, culture, principles, etc, means that an administrative PMO in one organisation will look different and behave differently than one in another organisation.  The good news is that there is no right or wrong answer on how…

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Define a programme management office

After you are happy with the PMO mission, PMO vision and PMO design principles, you are now ready to define the program management office, with a level of confidence that it will be aligned to the overall objectives for the organisation. What type of PMO? As a PMO should be defined to support a particular…

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PMO Design Principles

PMO Design Principles

In the last 2 blog posts have covered the importance of having a PMO Mission and PMO Vision Statement.  Having both of these well thought out, clearly documented and communicated, means you are in a position to define some key PMO Design Principles. What are PMO design principles? Very simply, they are the rules and…

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PMO mission statement

PMO Mission

Following on from the post PMO Vision statement, this post will cover the topic of PMO Mission Statement.  Both are important and help when setting up a PMO. Difference between PMO Mission and PMO Vision It is worth spending a moment understanding the differences between a mission statement and vision statement. The aim of the…

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