Launch of the Quality Assurance Framework

Last year I wrote a 4 part series on the importance of quality assurance to make sure that the tools and processes created by the PMO have been implemented and embedded into the projects.  The reason being is that, by applying the appropriate rigour, there is a greater chance of the projects being delivered successfully…

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How a PMO can help get Red projects back to Green

One of the main duties of a PMO is to provide transparency of the status (“health”) of each of the projects for which they have oversight. This is usually achieved by implementing a regular reporting process with a standard scale for reporting RAG. This provides a mechanism to capture projects where the status is deteriorating…

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How the PMO can leverage a post project review

The last post covered the role of the PMO in the post project review. This post will expand on this and cover how the PMO can help leverage the value achieved from the post project review. 1. Consistency By defining a standard approach (and templates) to the post project review, it will ensure that every…

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Role of the PMO in the Post Project Review

When a project has been completed, it is important to conduct a post project review. The reason is that is an opportunity to evaluate what was done well, what was not done well, the effect on results / outcomes and recommendations for improvement. Areas Covered in a Post Project Review A typical review will contain…

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PMO Quality Assurance part 4 – mechanics of the QA review

A quick recap.  In this series of posts on PMO Quality Assurance (QA), it has covered the following steps: PMO Quality Assurance part 1 – types of review PMO Quality Assurance part 2 – prioritise projects to review PMO Quality Assurance part 3 – tips for scheduling PMO QA reviews This post will cover the…

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PMO Quality Assurance part 3 – tips for scheduling PMO QA reviews

In the last post, PMO Quality Assurance part 2 – prioritise projects to review it covered the approach for building an inventory of active projects and then how to prioritise the list in order to focus on the most important projects.  Now it is time to create a schedule of the project QA reviews.  However, before just…

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PMO Quality Assurance part 2 – prioritise projects to review

In the last post, PMO Quality Assurance part 1, it covered the fact that designing and building a PMO is only part of the journey.  After you have invested all of that time, effort, money and emotion, you need to ensure that the PMO is effective and the tools and processes used.  If not, not…

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PMO quality assurance part 1

You have invested valuable time, money and emotion into designing and constructing a PMO.  The tools and processes have been created and published to the project managers.  Sessions have been held with the project teams to ensure they understand how to use the tools and what is expected.  So what is the reward for the…

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PMO tools – project quality assurance

Quality Assurance is a very important part of project and programme delivery.  Unfortunately, this is often overlooked or completely ignored by many PMO’s and programmes.  The usual excuses are that “there is not time we are too busy delivering” followed closely by “it is bureaucratic”. The problem with this thought process, it is great that…

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