Tips for PMO template design

PMO Templates

One of the aims of a PMO is to standardize tools and processes.  One of the core ways that this can be achieved is through the design and implementation of PMO Templates.  This post provides an overview. What are PMO Templates? A template is defined as being a “pattern or gauge” or “used as a…

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Post project planning workshop

Post Project Planning Workshop Activities

This is the final post in the 4 part series of project planning workshops.  It covers the activities after the workshop has been completed.  These activities are important to fully realise the benefits of the session. Write Up The first activity is to capture all of the information from the workshop into electronic format: Timeline…

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How to set up and running a project planning workshop

How to set up and run a project planning workshop

This is the 3rd post in a 4 part series on planning workshops.  Post Running a Planning Workshop with Resources Costing Less Than $100 provided and overview.  Post Preparing to Run a Planning Workshop, covered the preparation work.  This post will cover the running of the workshop. Room Set-up Before you start the workshop, you…

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Team preparingto run project planning workshop

Preparing to run a project planning workshop

The last post provided an overview of an approach that can be used to run successful project planning workshops.  This post will cover the preparation work that should be completed ahead of any workshop.  Good preparation is very important.  Just like studying for an exam, investing the time ahead of the event will ensure that…

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Running a project planning workshop

At the centre of every project there should be a plan.  This explains what activities need to be completed by when in order to meet the objectives / outcomes defined in the business case.  Having a credible plan is very important.  Knowing what needs to be completed and then tracking progress, allows the project manager…

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Steps to improve project status reporting

How to improve the quality of project status reports

The last post, 5 ways to check the project status is correct, provided 5 steps that could help validate that a project status report was accurate.  Following these should identify where there are areas of concern.  However, the real goal is to continually improve the quality of the reports.  This is much harder than it…

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PMO reviewing project status reports

5 ways to check the project status is correct!

It is the duty of the project manager to provide regular and accurate status of their project.  This is typically achieved through project reporting. It is very important that the reports are a true reflection of status so that sponsors and stakeholders can have confidence in the performance of the project (or take informed decisions…

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How to stop your PMO failing

How to stop your PMO failing

The last post, Indicators that a PMO is Failing, covered themes to watch out for that your PMO may be starting to fail.  This post will provide some thoughts on the actions you can take to stop your PMO failing. Be Alert The most important thing you can do is always be alert.  You need…

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PMO manager inspecting indicators

Indicators that your PMO is starting to fail

Why PMO’s can fail covered 5 reasons why PMO’s fail.  Unfortunately this can be a common occurrence, especially when an organisation is under cost pressures and needs to save money. With this in mind, a smart PMO will be alert to the early warning signs of failure.  This in turn should allow for a quick…

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Providing a PMO service

PMO service offering

If you were asked “what does your PMO do?”, how would you answer?  Take a moment to think….. Do you provide reporting? Do you consolidate information? Do you provide standard tools / templates? Do you align projects to strategic goals?   You probably have come up with a number of good answers.  However, are they…

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