Best practices, lessons learned and advice from your peers in the trenches.
Does your organization consistently align the right people with projects? Is there visibility into capacity and demand, with honest appraisals of both? Here are four guidelines for taking a more proactive approach to resource management, paving the way for a more efficiently-run organization and satisfied project teams.
Agile vs. waterfall is an important consideration in managing projects, but without a solid foundation the portfolio will fail to deliver the expected results regardless of how well an organization executes its projects. Here are four keys to driving results from project governance.
With 70 percent of change initiatives doomed for failure, many executives are hesitant to lead or champion efforts that so often do more harm than good. But after disbanding a change initiative in 2008, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police applied several lessons learned and found success in transforming its governance, culture and accountability.
Many organizations are on the fence about integrating social media tools into their project portfolio management infrastructures. They know about potential benefits in collaboration, but also worry about the dangers of undisciplined, unstructured information sharing. Here are six questions to gauge your organization’s social PPM readiness.
The knowledge found in project teams can be invaluable, but it isn’t always shared or understood by those outside "the tribe.” Technologies, processes and mindsets are evolving to create a new era of collaboration. By following key principles, tribal knowledge can be turned into organizational power.
Though programs and portfolios are too often used interchangeably, there are important distinctions that should determine how you organize and report on the projects within them. Here are seven questions that can help your organization better structure and align its project groups.
Today’s “do more with less” mandate makes the ability to optimize finite project resources more critical than ever. A recent benchmark study provides a blueprint for improving your organization’s resource management and capacity planning, starting with visibility.
It’s easy for an unfettered 20-something to embrace chaos, transience and everything else the “Generation Flux” mind-set implies. But what if you don’t love chaos? What if your team is made up of 40-somethings with mortgages? Here's a cheat sheet, based on three simple but powerful questions, to help you leverage uncertainty in your organization.
How can your team accurately predict and communicate meaningful delivery timelines when it is constantly fielding changes from the multiple business units it serves? Here is a detailed look at how one Scrum-centered team used a four-step approach to estimate timelines for work far into the future.
Even the most capable project management offices are sometimes challenged in the areas of defining their value within the organization, and so a good PMO should market itself. This self-promotion should include addressing stakeholder perceptions and building awareness about the important working being done.