4 Simple PMO Metrics to Measure Success!

There is typically a lot of time and effort invested to monitor the progress of projects.  It is usual that the primary reason for establishing a project management office (PMO) is so as to provide an independent view on project performance.  While this is helpful for measuring the success of projects it is also important…

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How to know the project is done! Hint: Deliverable Tracker

How would you answer the following question from the project sponsor: “How do I know the project is done?” This is a very interesting question as what the project sponsor is really asking is: “Have the required project outcomes been delivered?” The answer is important as the sponsor has typically committed valuable resources (budget, people…

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Using KPI’s to measure implementation of PMO

Earlier this year there was a series of posts on how a PMO can help the sponsor define objectives, convert to SMART objectives, create vision and mission statements, define aligned design principles and then implement. The last piece of the solution is to ensure that you monitor progress so that the PMO can demonstrate success,…

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PMO performance – make sure you are measuring success

A common argument from project managers and senior management is that a PMO does not add value and creates bureaucracy.  This than can make it very difficult for the PMO to make progress, which results in limited value that can lead to the PMO being closed.  Obvious choice if you are a senior management, why…

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PMO KPI’s (key performance indicators)

A question often asked is “what value does the PMO add”?  While the answer is “lot’s of value” (if the PMO has been set-up correctly), in many cases you need to back this up with some PMO success metrics (aka PMO KPI’s). What is a PMO KPI? It is an agreed set of indicators that,…

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PMO performance – make sure you are measuring success

A common argument from project managers and senior management is that a PMO does not add value and creates bureaucracy.  This than can make it very difficult for the PMO to make progress, which results in limited value that can lead to the PMO being closed.  Obvious choice if you are a senior management, why…

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The importance of the project metrics journey

Implementing standard tools and processes, reviewing / challenging submissions, etc to provide project information and metrics are only part of what is needed to be successful.  One of the real skills is being able to take vast amounts of information, distil into key messages and present to the stakeholder. At this point it is worth…

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The 5 dimensions needed for a project metric

The last couple of posts have covered the importance of project metrics to measure outcomes and how to define a process to capture and manage.  This is all very important.  However, in order for the metrics to have value, it is important to be able to define the data points that will be used.  If…

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How to define a process for project metrics and outcomes

The last post covered why it was important to define, track and report project outcomes NOT just the performance of the project i.e. progress against milestones, budget, etc.  This post covers the steps to defining a process to track project metrics. What are you tracking? This may be a strange question as the answer is…

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Why you must track project outcomes!

It is normal for a PMO to put a lot of time and effort into reporting the status of the projects and programmes for which they have oversight.  In many cases the reporting can be very comprehensive.  However, despite all this effort, very polished reporting, the stakeholders and sponsors still have questions and are not…

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