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Project Governance: Establishing an Effective Steering Committee

Within the project management community, the concept of governance is seen as a fundamental project control, which is easy to grasp in principle. But in reality, it’s a different matter. Getting the governance piece right requires insight and at times a few honest conversations about roles and responsibilities. If those conversations aren’t happening, the project may end up with an ineffective escalation and decision-making process. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon that ...

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7 Factors of Good Project Governance

Projects ideally sit within a governance framework that is bigger than the project team. It’s actually easier to work in an environment where there is governance in place because it gives you boundaries. And, like toddlers, people respond well when they know how far they can go. But what does governance on projects actually look like? Here are 7 factors that make up good governance. How many of these do ...

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Lack of Governance \\ Strategy Execution Series

The latest Trends in Strategy Execution were discussed at the recent Executive Briefing hosted by TwentyEighty Strategy Execution in London. The eighth trend, “Lack of Governance Hampered by Lack of Resources” highlighted how reactive decision-making and a lack of resource availability to deliver against those decisions is harming organisation’s competitive advantage. Governance seems to be a prevalent theme for organisations who are constantly faced with challenges of successful delivery of ...

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The role of governance in project management

Governance means leadership – the steering and control that manages the assets of an organisation in the best possible way. On an organisation-wide level, this means knowing the business goals and vision, and employing the strategies needed to get it there by:  Defining the business case and choosing/prioritizing the right initiatives. Executing these initiatives, e.g. with projects and programmes. Making sure that the benefits from the initiatives are realised.   ...

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Project Governance in Complex Projects

Some thoughts on Governance in complex projects The first question – “Are you working on a truly complex project?” A complex project is different from a complicated project. A large project can have many deliverables and people to coordinate, however, if it can use well known processes, and follow techniques that have been honed on many similar projects in the past, then it can be divided and conquered. By that, ...

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What Makes Organisations Fail to Execute Their Strategy?

I recently asked an executive where their organisation would be in 2 years’ time. After some tapping on their laptop, they proudly showed me their new corporate webpages, proclaiming their ‘strategy’, ‘vision’ and ‘mission’ statements.[1] So far so good – we’re halfway there. All we need to do now is execute that strategy! Presumably, it will just happen now that senior management have expressed the strategic direction? Maybe by some ...

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5 More Advanced Training Options for the PMO

Back in 2015, we took a look at the five advanced training options for people working in PMO. Four years on and a few things have changed in the PMO field. There is now another PMO certification option available alongside P3O from AXELOS and the PPSO ones from BCS, both of which feature in the last article. Now there is the AIPMO – the Association for International PMOs – which ...

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The Project Revolution: How to Succeed in a Project Driven World

The Project Revolution, the latest book from Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, makes and supports the claim that not only has the operating environment become one in which project working has become increasingly important but that the rate of this may be described as a ‘project revolution’. The emergence of projects as the economic engine of our times may have been silent, but it is incredibly disruptive and powerful. Mr Nieto-Rodriguez has been ...

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