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Rapid Assessment and Recovery of Troubled Projects

I recently had the pleasure of taking a small and senior group through the 2080 course Rapid Assessment and Recovery of Troubled Projects. We held a virtual class-room ‘Wash-Up’ session last week and I thought you’d get value from their reflections. The course was six sessions spread over three weeks conducted virtually. It includes: Structure and lead an effort to assess project problems rapidly Determine the root causes of identified ...

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7 Steps To A Project Management Capability Assessment

At this time of year project leaders start thinking about how to plan the activity for the following year, including the requirements for developing the project management capability in the organisation to deliver the upcoming projects. It’s easy to think that certification is the answer to developing capability in your project managers, but it’s better to take a step back from that. While sending project managers on courses is definitely ...

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Value of Investment in Project Management Training

Leaders of PMOs, COEs and Learning and Development departments have historically been willing to buy hope. They believed that if they invest in developing the skills of their people (project managers, project team members and managers of project managers) then the individuals will benefit and the organisation will as well—they were willing to buy that hope. Nowadays, these same leaders are no longer willing to buy hope—they want proof. Proof ...

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Five ways for project managers to share lessons learned

We all know that capturing lessons learned is an essential part of making sure that future projects go well, but capturing and sharing them seems to be something that we don’t feel we do particularly effectively. In my experience, most project managers feel that they could ‘do’ lessons learned better. And this isn’t surprising as it is hard to do well. So how can you capture and share lessons learned? ...

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When should a project actually end?

The classic view of projects, and project management, is that a project ends when the deliveries are handed over. But project teams should have at least some level of responsibility when it comes to ensuring that not only have they delivered what was agreed on, but that the client is left in a position to be able to receive these benefits going forward. Simple questions like: is the client set ...

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Why competency assessment is crucial for self-development

Project managers who want to progress need to take control of their career development. Even those who have been working on projects for years need to identify what their skills are, in order to understand how good they are. It is equally important to know where their skills fit and therefore what it is they can offer, if they are to differentiate themselves from their competition. Skills awareness can be ...

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Out with the old and in with the new – Part 2

Part Two So here you are, leading a successful PMO and all is well with the world. Last year was a good one and there has been general acceptance of the work that the PMO is undertaking and perhaps even the occasional ‘well done’ from the executive. Now what next? Did you plan a phase two? Was there a next step that the business expected? Is there a next step ...

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Out with the old and in with the new

At the start of a brand new year we are supposed to look back at the closing year and to look forward to what lies ahead of us in the coming 12 months, and the same is true of the PMOs that we are all part of. So this can mean one of two things; either you will be pitching a PMO for your own organisation for the first time ...

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