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PMO Competencies First, PMO Software Second

It is possible that all of us have attended Project Management Exhibitions and have been impressed with the array of very sophisticated technologies available for our PMO work. The vendors demonstrate the software engineering elegance; it looks so easy to drive these powerful tools, with their array of functions that seem to satisfy all of the organisations requirements. One of the key features that fascinate me is the diagnostic capabilities, ...

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Do PMOs Add Value or Add Cost?

Dr. Brian Hobbs of the University of  Quebec in Montreal, Canada, under a research grant from PMI, conducted a very interesting study on the PMO entitled: “The Multi-Project PMO: A Global Analysis of the Current State of Practice.” The goal of the survey was to use the results as a basis to develop a global standard for PMO development.  Aspects of the PMO examined were: value, organisational context, form and ...

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The PMO – What Does it Stand For?

I have been told by others, both inside and outside the profession and even that ultimate source Wikipedia that it stands for: Programme Management Office Project Management Office Portfolio Management Office The P can mean different things to different organisations which is what often leads to confusion around what the PMO does or should be going for the organisation. I want to take a different approach to the concept of ...

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Four Steps to the PMO Value Improvement

In today’s economy, every company and organisation is struggling to do more with less, and performance is paramount. This is true for public and private sector entities, as well as for non-profits. Which is why, in order to prevail in lean times, it’s essential to optimise every operation of your organisation, especially the project management office (PMO). It should be readily apparent that no organisation will succeed if its projects ...

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The PMO Business Case

I had the opportunity to speak at an IT conference in Europe on the topic of the “PMO Business Case”. Recognising it is always dangerous to assume who the audience is and their experiences I prepared a presentation on the basis of exploring some of the challenges of gaining organisational support of investing and funding PMO’s. Maybe it was a rash position to take, but I felt it could trigger ...

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Optimizing Your PMO: Getting Ready for the Demands

Whether you manage a large team in an innovation giant or a smaller team in more of a maintenance/operations environment, you can always optimize your Project Management Office. Regardless of your current mission, CIOs are being challenged more than ever to do more with less and drive more value vs maintaining operations. In this post, I would like to provide a primer for getting your PMO ready for the demands ...

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The Contract, Cost Conscious and the 24-hour PMOs

It’s a common problem – what to call a PMO? We may call our PMO a ‘PMO’ when speaking to someone outside of our organisation, yet internally it’s called something entirely different. The name is often chosen to reflect what the organisation does, or how it delivers projects or even where it may ‘sit’ in the organisation structure. It could be a ePMO (Enterprise PMO), Project Support Office or PPPMO ...

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