PMO Maturity Action Plan Register

PMO Maturity: Identifying improvements and creating action plan

This is part 4 in the series of posts about how to complete a PMO Maturity Assessment so as to identify areas of improvement for your PMO.  The objective being to improve the maturity of your PMO. The last 3 posts covered:  Understand the current maturity of your PMO  Guide to plotting the current maturity…

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How to avoid unhappy project meeting attendees

Are your project meetings suffering due to these silly mistakes?

As we head in to the Easter holiday period, I wanted to share some quick and simple tips that can make a big difference if your project meeting, steering committee, etc. is a success or not.   Have you ever had a situation where what you thought would be a simple project meeting ended up…

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What a PMO can learn from a fish tank

What can a marine fish tank teach the PMO?

I would like to start by sharing a story about one of my hobbies, keeping marine tropical fish.   My wife and I had gone into a local pet store to collect some pet food.  Like so many times before we had a look round the store, which included the fish section.  The store had…

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PMO productivity – how to have your project templates available at all times

An important part of setting up a PMO, is implementing a robust tool set, namely PMO and project templates.  These templates take time to create, valuable time that could be used to focus on getting the PMO up and running or mobilising projects. Problem If you have been involved in projects and PMO’s for a…

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Plan the renewal of your PDU’s and avoid a mad rush!

For those who have invested the time to attain the Project Management Professional (PMP) that is overseen by the Project Management Institute (PMI), you should be fully aware that you need to re-certify every 3 years. In order to recertify, you need to obtain 60 Project Development Units (PDU’s) over the 3-year period.  The good…

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PMO tips – project and PMO planning for significant events

While writing post “Keeping projects on track over the summer holidays“, it made me think about the plans that many organisations make when major events are held such as the Olympics, World Cup, etc. For example, when the Olympics was held in London in 2012, many organisations in and around London made contingency plans.  The…

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PMO tips – keep your projects on track during the summer holidays

We are now nearing the end of June and the holiday season is fast approaching (the period mid July to mid September).  This is the time many of the people working on projects decide to take their main holiday of the year, which can be a period of 2 – 3 weeks.  With so many…

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What is one of the biggest frustrations with a PMO?

If you were to ask people involved in project and change management what is one of their biggest frustrations when it comes to a project management office, what do you think their answer would be? The most precious commodity to most project teams is time. This means that it must be used extremely wisely. So…

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Checklist for rolling out a PMO process

The PMO is responsible for ensuring that PMO processes and templates are being used across each project and / or programme within their scope.  This helps ensure standardisation that in turn should help improve the management and monitoring. A PMO can invest a lot of time and effort in designing and developing a new process. …

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Gaining support for a PMO

You may have been asked to set up a PMO or, you may have a strong desire to set a PMO up for your organisation as you believe (know) that it can deliver value. Unfortunately, many will not have the same view and this will greatly hinder or even stop the journey of setting up…

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