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PMO Perspectives Blog (page 76)

The Process is not the Objective

1.    Background For quite a number of years, organisations have seen a need to prove their “excellence” in an objective way to their current and potential clients. This has led to a proliferation of standards, such as TQM, Six Sigma and, of course, the focus on the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for high-tech companies. The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has followed suit with the Organisational Project Management Maturity Model ...

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You’re a PMP but are you a Project Management Professional? Part 2

Recently I have had the opportunity to speak to more than 2,000 Project Management Professionals (PMP’s). During those sessions I conducted non-scientific polls to determine the depth and breadth of the application of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) standards to which this group had been tested for this prestigious professional certification. Frankly, I was shocked with the results of my simple survey. Fundamentally, I sought two pieces of ...

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Setting Expectations: One of the most effective tactics that is often overlooked

As I travel the world presenting for clients and at conferences, one question that I am often asked is how to ensure high response rate and high quality feedback from individuals after their training—90 days after their training.  Organisations are not necessarily expecting great results, many of them are OK with challenges/areas to do better in so they can adjust and implement strategies to help.  However, the state of affairs ...

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It is not if the glass is half full or half empty – The right question is who is pouring the water!

As organisations embark on various learning programmes to improve knowledge, skills and most importantly competencies, they often think about how to measure the impact—at least they should.  If they are doing this “by the book” they assess their target audience level of knowledge and level of throughput or success (which is very dependent on their ability to apply the knowledge in their day to day work).  This is critical as ...

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Make it Fun

I had the parental pleasure of attending my daughter’s graduation ceremony recently and, as you would expect it was a proud and emotional moment. I am now officially the least qualified member of this particular family unit (but the only one who is published so I am clinging on to that…) The University was clearly well prepared for this annual activity and it went off without a hitch. About 250 ...

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Respect the Driver

Now I have mentioned before that I drive a lot and when I am out in my Saab Aero convertible (Chilli red) I am a happy man. The old lady is getting on a bit now but still moves well and is oh so comfortable – roof up or down.

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