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Project Management Gatherings

Working in project management has always had a heavy emphasis on people. It’s people who make projects successful and it’s people coming together, working collaboratively; sharing experiences; swarming and standing up together that really makes a project tick. Project meetings; daily stand-ups; a community of practice; lunch and learns – there is a myriad of different ways we come together to progress delivery and continuously learn about how to do ...

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Top Three Skills and Competencies of a PMO Director

What are the ideal skills and competencies of a PMO Director that make him or her successful on the job? Here are some of my thoughts; I welcome any input from blog readers. First of all, let me start by saying that not every PMO is the same, so perhaps some of the skills and competencies might be more or less important in some cases. Good Business Sense Based on ...

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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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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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Agile + PMO = Love

Agile + PMO = Love But then, love is always complicated  This is a topic that will probably not catch a lot of attention. Because those who do Agile don’t want to hear about PMOs (too rigid, tend to kill agility,etc.) and those in PMOs don’t want to hear about Agile (no planning, no documentation, no management, etc.). Bad news for all of you! The world has changed and you ...

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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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