Role of PMO in the post project review

Role of the PMO in the Post Project Review

When a project has been completed, it is important to conduct a post project review. The reason is that is an opportunity to evaluate what was done well, what was not done well, the effect on results / outcomes and recommendations for improvement. Areas Covered in a Post Project Review A typical review will contain…

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Running a project management office

Running a Project Management Office

If you have not worked in a PMO, it can be daunting if you are asked to take on a role running a PMO. So this post will share some thoughts on what activities you can expect to undertake when managing a project management office. Typical Weekly PMO Activities Status updates As the PMO manager…

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PMO meeting agenda

PMO meeting agenda

A good PMO meeting agenda will help fill the empty seat at the regular PMO meeting! If you are managing a PMO with a number of work streams, it is highly likely that you will be holding a regular meeting with the project managers and members of the PMO (tip: if you are not, you…

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PMO team meeting

PMO tips – motivating your PMO team

Working in a PMO can be a very challenging role. On one side you have the stakeholders making demands for information and explanations, on the other you have the project teams responsible for providing the data inputs. The stakeholders usually expect their requests to be serviced immediately. The project teams can be very difficult, not…

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Adding numbers for project report

PMO Tip – make sure your numbers add up in your project management reports

This may sound like a strange statement, “make sure your numbers add up in your management report”. However, the fastest way that a PMO can lose credibility, is by publishing reports with mathematical errors. This is very frustrating as a small slip, taking your eye of the ball due to being busy and, a reputation…

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PMO tips - consistent project naming

PMO Tips: Consistent project naming convention

In the post, PMO Planning of Next Year’s Projects, it covered the importance of thinking about the mobilization of projects and programmes early so as to improve the probability of successful outcome. Part of the mobilization process is building a list of projects that an organization wishes to execute. To assist it is important that…

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Have you planned for the end of the year?

At the time of writing this post, on this coming Friday there are only 53 days to Christmas. However, more importantly it means that there is only 40 business days to Christmas. Pause and take a moment; that means that there is only 40 business days to complete important project activities for the remainder of…

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PMO planning of next years projects

It is now part way through 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 2.5 months, well 2 months if you take out the Christmas break, to deliver. However, while it…

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Person justifying need for PMO

Justification of a PMO

A common question that many PMO professionals get asked is to “justify the setting up a PMO”. This stems from the fact that a PMO costs money to set up and run. Additionally there still is a misconception that a PMO offers little or no value. In the blog post What is the benefit of…

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Pointing to the value of a PMO

What is the benefit of a PMO?

A very common question for an organization is “what is the benefit of a PMO”? The question is usually raised because somebody has been asked to set-up a PMO by senior management, they have experienced a lot of (negative) resistance and find them in the position of having to justify why it needs to be…

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