What is the difference between project and PMO templates?

If you search the Internet you will see a number of websites that feature project templates, PMO templates or both.  You may find that a page is titled PMO Templates, however upon visiting the page it then contains project templates.  Other descriptions seen maybe PMO Project Templates.  This can be very confusing, especially to someone…

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Project risk management

he post How to identify project risks, covered a number of techniques to identify risks.  Like with most things in project management, management of project risks is not a “one-off” event that you complete, tick the box and then file.  In order to effectively manage risk, you must have active project risk management. In order…

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Process for identifying project risks

How to identify project risks

PMO Risk Identification If you was to ask project managers or PMO practitioners what are the common causes for project failures you would probably get responses such as “scope creep”, “incorrect estimates”, “late delivery of functionality” and many more.  What these and the other causes will have in common is that they are all issues…

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PMO tips: 5 actions how a PMO can add value

PMO tips – 5 actions for a PMO to quickly add value

Unfortunately, there is still an unfair perception that PMO’s add little value, often being labelled as adding layers of bureaucracy.  While completely untrue, this is something that anyone tasked with setting up a PMO needs to be aware of and actively manage. An important aspect to managing this is delivering value early.  Unfortunately, most stakeholders…

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PMO Charter

PMO Charter

This blog post will cover the importance of producing a PMO charter.  As I have mentioned before, there is no such thing as a standard PMO.  They are all different and should be designed to meet the objectives of the organisation while, being aligned to the culture of an organisation. What is the purpose of…

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Reviewing PMO monthly report

PMO Monthly Reports

The last post covered why it is helpful to establish a PMO reporting calendar so as to ease the task of collecting updates from all the project managers. So if you have been successful in putting this in place and all of the project managers are submitting their status reports, what next? You had better…

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Building PMO reporting calendar

PMO tips – PMO reporting calendar

As part of managing or working in your PMO do you find that it is a constant battle with the project managers to get timely project updates?  This is an experience everyone in a PMO has experienced at some point. Problem When you chase a project manager for the status update, it is not unusual…

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PMO assumption management

PMO assumptions

It is typical that when a project or programme is being planned, that the project manager has to make a number of assumptions in order to create the initial project schedule, budget, resource and benefit profile.  The reason this is necessary, is that in the early stages, a lot of the detailed analysis will not…

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Project Reporting Calendar

PMO reporting frequency

PMO reporting frequency is often a topic of debate.  It is a balancing act to make sure that there the appropriate level of visibility of delivery activity while not creating a bureaucratic process.  It is not in anyone’s interest where the projects are spending more time on reporting than on the actual delivery work. Unfortunately,…

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PMO conducting an environment scan for tools and processes

PMO tools – smart PMO’s conduct an environment scan

When you have been tasked with setting up a PMO, many of us want to get tools and processes up and running as quickly as possible.  This is a great attribute of a delivery focused person.  However, care is required as this desire usually means that our first choice is to implement tools and processes…

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