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The Basics of Programme Management

Programme management is the essential vehicle of organisation change and that is at least in part responsible for the awful confusion surrounding the word programme. Here are a few words to clarify before offering some essentials for ‘How To Manage A Programme’. First is it program or programme? Well in ...

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Are projects complex or just complicated?

The latest in a long line of project management buzz is ‘complex’ projects. We like to differentiate between the normal run-of-the-mill projects where repeatability is high or the cost and risks are low, with projects that are huge innovative things that last years and eat up resources at a phenomenal rate. Yet the debate has yet to provide a clear answer or definition of what a complex project is – or in fact what a complicated project is. At the recent eva19 conference in Central London which included complex projects as a theme; it was proposed at the very basic level that we re-look at the project management ‘iron triangle’ and add two further dimensions

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A time of change for project management

I saw a statement recently from  J. LeRoy Ward, former Executive Vice President of project training company ESI International about the growing unease with the status quo of current project management practices. He explained that: “Past failures to improve project efficiencies force the need to pull out all of the stops to ...

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Good news or not, for project management?

Some pretty big news came out of the PMI recently; the world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession announced the acquisition of ProjectManagement.com (formerly Gantthead) and ProjectsAtWork.com. The National Post provides more information. These are two of the largest online resources for project managers and professionals, both over ...

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Who put the ‘M’ in PMO?

The acronym PMO might mean a Project Management Office to you – but it can also stand for Programme Management Office (confusingly also a PMO) or even a Portfolio Management Office (increasingly confusingly also a PMO). There is even talk of a Project Office (PO), a Project Control Office (PCO), a ...

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How a PMO builds strategic maturity

For the majority of PMOs today, the more connection they have with the strategic plans of an organisation, the more longevity and growth – or maturity – they will see. As a C’Level executive explains in my book, ‘Leading Successful PMOs’: “What I love is having people who look after ...

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