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Few organizations reports a high degree of benefits realization management maturity, but those that do have a significant edge in achieving goals and business intent, according to a new report from the Project Management Institute. Here are the actions they take.
Organizations that see Agile as a way to remove a layer of management are either missing the point or at risk of missing a huge opportunity. Specifically, the role of a software development manager takes on a different and often more important role in an Agile framework.
When assessing and comparing technology solutions to support your project management efforts, a wide range of potential features must be weighted and rated, along with vendor fit and cost. Use and customize this software evaluation matrix to guide your selection process.
Does your project management office need to evolve from a reactive operation to a proactive force that anticipates changes and builds contingencies into its planning? Here are three strategies to shape the future of your PMO, and stabilize its status as a value driver in your organization.
Thought-leaders and practitioners give voice to the latest trends, techniques and tools.
Road warriors — consultants and remote staff who mostly work in the field — need special support from their organizations or they can become disconnected. Howard Sublett, director of community development at Solutions IQ, discusses that challenge, as well as the idea of being of service to others and the “magic of interruptions.” [23 min.]
European and U.S. leaders of the Agile education movement met at the Scrum Gathering last month to create a learning manifesto — the Agile Education Compass — to serve as an adaptable guide for applying agile principles and values in schools and classrooms of all kinds. [17 min.]
David Bland, founder and CEO of innovation management consultancy Precoil, shares what he’s seeing in the Lean Startup, Design Thinking and Agile spaces, and how he’s helping teams and organizations bridge the gaps between the methodologies to deliver better results. [44 min.]
Scrum trainer and coach Maria Matarelli discusses applying agile principles in marketing departments, from creating user stories to inspecting and adapting. The benefits include a deeper understanding of both existing and potential customers, which leads to greater returns on advertising campaigns. [30:30]
There's no one right way to get the job done — it's about context and striking a balance that suits the situation. Let's compare and contrast different approaches.
Compliance and Help Desk PMOs both have frequent interaction with project managers, but the nature of that interaction is very different. What benefits do they offer, what are their drawbacks, and in what types of organizations are they best suited? Here’s a comparison of both models.
What are the key differences between compliance-based PMOs and their administrative counterparts? What are their advantages and downsides? Why do project managers tend to prefer one over the other? And what organizational factors should be considered when deciding to establish one PMO approach over the other? Here's a comparison of both models.
An administrative PMO doesn’t get heavily involved in day-to-day execution of the processes it develops, and works best with experienced project managers who prefer independence. A help-desk PMO offers the additional function of coach and mentor, and works better in a culture of open communication and continuous improvement. Here’s a comparison of both models.
Steering committees can reduce risk, facilitate faster decision making and keep the project manager more closely informed on the project’s position in the portfolio and in the organization as a whole. But there is overhead, and they can end up being just another level of bureaucracy in the project management hierarchy.