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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PMO Manager Scope

PMO Functions

Straight forward guide to the 12 PMO functions that are core to a PMO. Includes a simple graphic showing all 12.

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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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PMO Vision

PMO Vision

Over recent years, more and more organisations have decided to set-up PMO’s.  Some are purely for individual projects and programmes.  However, increasingly they are being set-up on a permanent basis.  Therefore, given that this involves an investment by the organisation, it is important to maximise the benefit delivered. When a decision is taken to commence…

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PMO assumption management

PMO assumptions

It is typical that when a project or programme is being planned, that the project manager has to make a number of assumptions in order to create the initial project schedule, budget, resource and benefit profile.  The reason this is necessary, is that in the early stages, a lot of the detailed analysis will not…

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Project risk management

PMO risks and issues

This blog post will share thoughts on how to make PMO risks and issues real for stakeholders so that they take them seriously and take action. Context Most PMO managers and project managers know that it is part of their responsibility to identify and manage the risks and issues.  The reason for this is that…

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Project Reporting Calendar

PMO reporting frequency

PMO reporting frequency is often a topic of debate.  It is a balancing act to make sure that there the appropriate level of visibility of delivery activity while not creating a bureaucratic process.  It is not in anyone’s interest where the projects are spending more time on reporting than on the actual delivery work. Unfortunately,…

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PMO conducting an environment scan for tools and processes

PMO tools – smart PMO’s conduct an environment scan

When you have been tasked with setting up a PMO, many of us want to get tools and processes up and running as quickly as possible.  This is a great attribute of a delivery focused person.  However, care is required as this desire usually means that our first choice is to implement tools and processes…

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