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Lindsay Scott
Lindsay Scott is Director of PMO Learning, the PMO training specialist and Arras People the programme and project management recruitment specialists. Lindsay is the project management careers columnist for PMI's Network magazine and co-editor of the Gower Handbook of People in Project Management. Lindsay created and hosts The PMO Conference and hosts the monthly PMO Flashmobs

Poor Project Management Leads to Failed Business Strategies

In the latest Pulse of the Profession report from the Project Management Institute (PMI) the key theme is all about strategy. The focus is about where projects come from – the initial idea of a project being driven by the organisation’s strategies. To be more competitive in a certain market; increasing revenues; creating new products and services – whatever the strategy is, it needs project management to help an organisation ...

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PMO Perspectives on Resource Management

Resource management. It consistently comes out as one of the top challenges a PMO has to deal with. That’s both the services they provide to the delivery organisation and in staffing the PMO itself. These services include providing corporate resource capacity versus demand; alignment of resources to business priorities; resource allocations to programmes and projects; and resource capability for projects today and in the future. Although resource management in project ...

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The Adaptive PMO

In a recent webinar from Strategy Execution – Conquering the Challenge of Adopting Lean and Agile in Organisations – there were a number of insights which can help PMOs to start thinking about the role they can play in overcoming some of the challenges. The PMO conversation today about Lean and Agile has been primarily focused at the delivery level. Questions such as – how do the PMO services and ...

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The Agile PMO

If you’re working in a PMO today, you’ll know that one of the hot topics right now is Agile. That’s how the PMO can support Agile delivery in the organisation; how the PMO can support overall business agility and it can also mean, how can the PMO adopt some of the Agile mindset for itself in the way it provides a service to the organisation? Anything that links the words ...

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Fail Fast: Fail Safe

Late last year I headed over to Project Management & BA Summit in New York; it’s a conference that includes two distinct streams for both professions. There was also a bigger focus on the people aspects of project management and business analysis too, so I listened in to a session about failure. The session was run by a guy called Paul Crosby, he works for Bob the BA (great name!) ...

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Getting Started in Project Management

Working in project management is one of the most popular choices there is for making a living. Take a look around the job advising boards and salary checking websites and project management consistently comes up in the top five. For the last 16 years I’ve been working in project management recruitment and there has not been one day that goes by that I don’t get a call or enquiry from ...

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The Strategy Execution Office

In his webinar, Prof Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez talked about how, for business leaders, strategy execution seems to be one of those business areas or concepts that eludes them. We wrote about some of the tips in the post Why Prioritisation Matters in Strategy Execution. One of the areas mentioned that particularly piqued my interest was the Strategy Execution Office (SEO). It’s a form of a PMO – the name doesn’t really ...

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Why Prioritisation Matters in Strategy Execution

Strategy execution, in its simplest definition, is all about ensuring the strategy set by an organisation is achieved through action by those working in an organisation. The initial action, which tends to require a change for the organisation, is achieved through portfolio, programme and project management. In his webinar, Prof Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez talks about how strategy execution seems to be one of those business areas or concepts that eludes a ...

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