PMO Value: Its in the Eye of the Beholder Part 2

In my last posting I considered some of the ways in which a PMO does provide value to the organisation: –          Efficiency of execution resulting from well-defined processes and metrics –          Effective use of organisational resources resulting from better project planning and coordination of the use of   shared staff resources ...

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Project Teams or Project Crews Part 1

The class had finished for the day, and as I was walking back to the hotel, I passed the yacht marina of Lymington, Hampshire. I walked to a large moored yacht and watched the crew practise their drills.  At the end of the session I asked the master what they ...

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PMI’s Models of Project Management Knowledge: Lifecycles, Process Groups and Knowledge Areas Part 2.2

Changes to the PMBOK® Guide – Fourth Edition Textual ChangesAll of the text needs to be reviewed for references to process groups and adapted to make the relationships clear. – “Project management is accomplished through the appropriate application and integration of the forty-two logically grouped project management processes comprising the five ...

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PMI’s Models of Project Management Knowledge: Lifecycles, Process Groups and Knowledge Areas Part 2.1

Abstract The PMI standards present knowledge using three overlapping models as follows: lifecycles, processes (clustered into process groups), and knowledge areas. The first two parts presented a reworking of the basic model and proposed structure of the body of knowledge in terms of: technology-specific life cycles, and Knowledge Areas. These ...

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PMI’s Models of Project Management Knowledge: Lifecycles, Process Groups and Knowledge Areas Part 1.1

Abstract The PMI standards present knowledge using three overlapping models, as follows: life cycles, processes clustered into process groups, and knowledge areas. Analysis of these models shows that, although life cycles are a stand-alone concept, the other two models should be presented in a hierarchical manner, with knowledge areas as ...

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Time to Tool Up

A few years back I did a survey of all the products that were on the market place and then it was limited to products like Microsoft Project, CA Super Project, Primvera, PM Workbench and a few others which provided for planning a project. And of course these were workstation ...

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Could do Better

My three sons have all brought home their school reports; all generally good with, as you might expect, varying scores and comments depending upon their current skills and knowledge across the range of subjects. It made me reflect back on my own school reports which somehow seemed to have a ...

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Sharing Real Life PMO Challenges Part 2

Can you drive up levels of organisational project maturity by sharing “everything” – from the gospel of project management best practices, through tasks on a development level, to the overall progress and status of ALL projects? Should the level of data and information you share evolve in line with your ...

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