Change professionals returning to work

Return from holiday action plan

Happy new year! Early January is the time when many people are returning to work after an extended holiday over the festive season.  Holidays are important as they allow you to rest, spend time with family / friends and generally recharge. With your mind and body rested you are then all set for optimal performance…

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Are you ready for 2018?

It is now 2 weeks until the end of 2017 and the start of 2018.  Perhaps like me, you have reflected on what you have achieved this year and reviewed against what you had hoped to achieve.  You can see my thoughts on progress in 2017 in my post PM Majik End of Year Review…

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Do not let perception kill your project or PMO

How to stop perception killing your project or PMO!

If you have worked in change.  Run a project.  Managed a PMO; you will be fully aware that it is not an easy job!  Managing and implementing change is hard, partly due to the fact that most humans do not like change and will do all they can in order to maintain the status quo.…

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Project team prioritising using forced rankings

Project Prioritisation: Using forced rankings

Following on from the last post, Overview on securing continued project funding.  In this post I want to cover the tool that a PMO or organisation can use to help prioritise project demand when the demand far exceeds the supply and / or budget. Challenge – too much project demand Not unless you work for…

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Securing continued project funding

Overview: Securing continued project funding

This post is going to cover the important topic of continued project funding.  While a lot of effort goes into preparing the original business case and securing the original budget, the reality is that this is only the first budget approval of many over the life time of a project. The Project Funding Challenge It…

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Celebrate your project and PMO success

Remember to celebrate project success!

If I was to ask you right now, “What is the status of your project?” or “How is the set up of your project management office going?”, how would you respond? Take a moment to think what are your first thoughts? I would imagine that for the vast majority of you, the first thoughts are…

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Important to mentor project team members

Tips to keep your permanent project resources happy

In the last post, Tips to keep your contract project resources happy, it covered the important, and often overlooked subject, of making sure you take care of the contract staff who work on your project teams.  To complete the picture, this post is going to cover some of the important considerations for permanent project team…

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Project team working together

Tips to keep your contract project resources happy!

In the blog post, “What is the number 1 PMO tool?“, I covered why people are the most important PMO and project asset.  The reason being that without people (resources), the project activities will just not get completed! Now we could have a debate on the development in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  On…

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Making a project decision

When making the wrong project decision is right!

Each and every day we have to make hundreds of decisions.  What shirt to wear? To have toast or cereal for breakfast?  Buy a new car? Buy a new house? Propose and get married? Some decisions could be made every day or even many times a day.  Some, like getting married, may be only once…

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Top PMO Tool

What is the “Number 1” PMO tool?

So, if I was to ask you what is the number one, must have, PMO tool?  What would your answer be? Project templates? MS Project / Clarity? Project methodology? Something else? These are all good answers.  However, they are not THE ANSWER.  The number one, must have, can not do without PMO tool is…………..People! A…

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