New employee going through PMO induction

PMO Induction Process Overview

The most important ingredient to a project or PMO is the people.  Without the right mix and number of resources, the project will not be a success. It is because of this, many organisations invest a lot of time and effort in identifying, interviewing and recruiting the right resources for the task.  It can often…

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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?

Do you find that your project meetings sometimes do not go as expected? If so then then you may be suffering from these silly mistakes….

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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

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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Project manager renewing PDU's

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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Project planning for significant events

PMO tips – project and PMO planning for significant events

Tips and ideas for planning ahead of significant events so as to keep your project on track….

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Project planning for your holiday

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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Project manager frustrated with PMO request

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 PMO Process

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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