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More tips to help your project steering committee to go well!

In the article How to prepare for a project steering committee, I provided some simple tips to help ensure that your project SteerCo goes well.  This is a follow up to this providing some additional ideas that will help even further. The ideas are not ground breaking (like most of the techniques that assist good…

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Action to take when project fails to land

Action plan when your project does not land!

In the last post, How to stop your project failing to land, I covered a number of actions you can take to help ensure your project lands well with the end users.  Unfortunately, at some point in everyone’s career, there will be at least one instance (probably more), where a project does not land well.…

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Tools for project decision making

Tools and processes to support project decision process

In the last post, I covered the 5 reasons why you need to have a clear and transparent project decision making process.  This post will build on this by looking at what tools and processes you need to implement a robust project decision process. Identify Stakeholders In order to be able to make legitimate and…

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Team creating project roadmap

Overview of Project and Programme Roadmaps

A project or programme is created due to a specific need to achieve an outcome.  The outcome is the purpose, the need, the objective that needs to be met. Projects can take many forms from simple fixes / enhancements to existing processes / platforms or the implementation of something new and innovative. In all cases…

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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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Engaging with difficult project managers

One of the hardest aspects of the role of the PMO manager is getting project and programme managers to act and respond to the requests from the PMO.  Requests for updates are issues, followed by gentle reminders, a phone call, a visit to their desk, a more direct e-mail, a more direct telephone conversation, etc.…

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PMO contact list

PMO Contact list

It is often the simple ideas that can turn out to be the most useful, specifically a PMO and / or project contact list. It is a fact that it is the people that make a project successful (or not).  While skills and ability are very important, it is probably even more critical for success…

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Project team meeting

PMO tips – Importance of meeting logistics

This may appear to be a strange topic to cover in a post.  However, if you stop to think, a meeting has usually been organised for a very good reason (if not do not hold the meeting).  It involves a number of people giving up valuable time which is a cost to an organisation.  Some…

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PMO tools – project communication

Project communication is so often overlooked as part of the project and PMO planning mobilisation process. When you stop to think, the success of a project is based on a number of people working together to deliver a common goal.  In order for them to be effective, it is critical that they communicate.  Unfortunately many…

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