PMO Perspectives Blog

Leading Strategic Projects From the Front and From Behind

What’s the difference between management and leadership? Leadership is a broad topic and it won’t come as a surprise that there are many different ways of leading a team.  In my work I often distinguish between management and leadership as a way to highlight that leadership is concerned with people as opposed to planning and tracking tasks. As a project manager it’s tempting to be overly focused on tasks, deliverables, ...

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One Page Project Reporting

According to Second World War historians, Winston Churchill wanted all of his progress reports on only one sheet of paper. Given the huge challenge ahead of him at that time, it’s understandable that he did not want to be distracted with large amounts of paper! Perhaps we could learn from his practices. Although a lot of reporting takes place through automated tools nowadays, it is advisable to keep the reports ...

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How to Measure Success of Strategic Projects

In project management circles there is often disagreement about how to measure success of projects. Traditionally a project’s value is measured according to the triple constraints of time, cost and quality, also referred to as the Iron Triangle. These three dimensions form the cornerstone of most projects. Not only do we need to understand the trade-off between time, cost and quality when we plan the project, it’s also hard to ...

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The PMO and Stakeholder Engagement

How can the PMO support project managers in stakeholder engagement? That was the question raised at the PMO Conference in a session delivered by Louise Worsley in London over a year ago now. It’s a question that still gets raised when the PMO looks beyond the more technical and analytical aspects of their work in supporting portfolio, programmes and projects in an organisation and thinks about how they can assist ...

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Top 5 Competencies for Strategic Project Managers

Is there a difference between managing ‘ordinary’ projects and managing ‘strategic’ projects? I think that there is. First, we have to acknowledge that there are different types of project. Of course, no project should be started that doesn’t have some direct link back to the strategy and purpose of the organisation. Otherwise, what’s the point of doing it at all? If it doesn’t help the company move forward, it’s not ...

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Influencing: How to ‘Get Things Done’

A leader who needs to ‘get things done’ requires strong influencing skills within his or her organisation. Having strong and refined influencing skills in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) environment can help a leader improve the success of project execution. How? By understanding how people and organisations work, acquire more resources as required (people and money), and improve morale by advancing careers. Being able to influence effectively is ...

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How to Build Support for Strategic Change Projects

Strategic change projects that have been commissioned from the top of the organisation can have wide-ranging effects on the employees that are impacted by them. Imagine, for example, a decision to roll out a new CRM system across the company, or the decision to move the company’s headquarters to a cheaper location further away from the city centre. Whereas some employees may welcome the change, others will oppose it. The ...

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The Servant Leader PMO

Servant leadership at its simplest is defined as; Look after your team and they will look after you and you’ll have a great team Back in June this year at the PMO Conference in London, Richard Hendrickse, a Portfolio Manager at Nationwide shared his insights into why the PMO are natural servant-leaders – both as individuals and as an entity within an organisation. The whole subject of servant leadership has ...

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