Business man planning project SteerCo

How to prepare for a project steering committee

If you are managing a project, it is a high probability that you will have a regular project steering committee (sometimes known as SteerCo), to provide governance and direction.  It might be that your project is governed in a programme so the SteerCo will be at the programme level.  Either way, your project will (must)…

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Rule of 1 in 60

Making sure that your project is on course

Over the past couple of weeks, the focus has been on the action that can be taken to ensure that projects land well with the end users or, what to do when they do not land well (see How to prevent your project from failing to Land and Action plan when your project does not…

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Project failing to land

How to prevent your project from failing to land!

Have you ever had the situation, or perhaps seen the situation, where all the tasks in a project have been executed on time but the project has not been a success?  To be more specific, the people who should benefit from the project deliverable are not able to gain the expected benefit. This is a…

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Considerations for types of PMO

Types of PMO (Project Management Office)

The term Project Management Office (PMO), is a term often used in the change management space.  Many professionals have their own understanding of what this term means. However, just like everyone understands what is meant by the term “car”, there are many types of car.  The same applies to the term PMO, there are many…

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Revealing a project delivery

How you can avoid the risk of the “Project Big Reveal”!

In the last post, “Are you guilty of the Project Big Reveal“, I covered what was meant by the term and the potential impact to you and the project.  Understanding this is critical as the impact can be career threatening! In this post I want to cover some of the strategies for avoiding this risk.…

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Are you guilty of the “Project Big Reveal”?

As you start to read this article about the “Project Big Reveal” I would imagine that you fall into one of the following categories: Yes No Have not got a clue and / or don’t care Over the early part of my career, I most certainly have been guilty of this and, I have suffered…

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Project and change management summer holiday book list by pm majik

Project and change management holiday book list 2018

As the year of 2018 moves steadily forward, it is now mid July.  This means that for many it is almost time for a well deserved summer holiday going away with family and friends.  In many cases this will involve going somewhere hot, laying on a sun lounger, relaxing and enjoying reading some books. Therefore,…

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PMO Standardistion – simple tracking template (inc free template download)

Following on the recent posts covering the topic of PMO Standardisation – a popular topic requested by many of the PM Majik community.  This post aims to provide practical ideas and a template on how to capture and identify where there are differences in the core PMO processes. This is important as before you can…

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Person building support for PMO

How to get other departments to “buy in” to your PMO

When it comes to being successful in setting up a PMO, it may come as a surprise that the challenge is not gaining the support of senior management, the real challenge is gaining the support from your peers, projects and other departments. When you think about this, it does make sense.  Usually the initial driver…

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Starting to implement PMO standards

PMO standardization – where to start!

In the last post, “Why standardization is critical for your PMO“, it covered some of the key themes why standardization will benefit and help the success of your PMO.  The question is, where do you start if your organisation has little or no standards?  Every project is doing it’s own thing! In this post I…

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