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Best practices, lessons learned and advice from your peers in the trenches.


The Strategic PMO

- by Mike Gruia

The strategic PMO goes beyond tactical execution and helps an organization bridge the gap between high-level strategy and project implementation. Here is a roadmap to get there by focusing on capabilities, prioritization, resource allocation, value realization and, ultimately, delivery, which encompasses measuring, understanding variance, predicting, realigning and reallocating.

Program-Level Strategic Alignment Checklist

- by ProjectsatWork.com

We need to ask meaningful questions to clearly understand and track the strategic alignment of our programs. Here are critical areas to review with stakeholders, covering vision, mission, objectives, structure, leadership, people, incenctives and adaptability.

Improve It Or Lose It

- by Joachim Ahlstrom

High-performance teams keep it simple, stay focused and positive, create ownership, and take systematic approaches. These principles are also crucial to creating a continuous improvement culture and mindset, but many organizations get bogged down. Let’s take a closer look at why, and how common pitfalls can be avoided.

10 Strategic Execution Trends for 2015

- by Tim Wasserman

Smart, high-performing organizations are structured to react more quickly to external and internal shifts. They view the future as a possibility, change as an opportunity, and their strategy as the tool to get them there. Here are 10 strategic execution trends they will be focusing on in 2015.

An Agile-Waterfall Union

- by Shawn Dickerson

Given their fundamental differences, can Agile and Waterfall methodologies really be combined without causing more headaches than the effort is worth? Yes, but like any successful marriage, it takes some compromise and adjustment. Here are a few guidelines to make it work and reap the best of both worlds.

Organizational Risk & the PMO

- by Andy Jordan

The PMO may not have direct accountability for the execution of organizational risk processes, but it remains a key stakeholder, providing critical support in a number of areas that impact risk, including process ownership, faciliting change and influencing the project culture.

Regulatory Projects: 6 Best Practices

- by Gary Hamilton and Jon McGowan

New regulations and reforms in response to the economic crisis have spawned countless compliance projects across industries. For project managers, the stakes are high — and the stakeholders have the power of the law behind them. Here are six best practices for managing projects in a regulatory environment.

Organizational Risk And Your Project

- by Andy Jordan

How do strategic or organizational risk processes integrate with project-level risk management without causing duplication of effort or confusion? Let’s consider three categories of interaction between the organization’s portfolio and its individual projects.

A Risk Stress Test

- by David Hillson

Can the practice of stress testing improve the way we manage risk on our projects and programs? Yes, and here are two ways we can use this important approach, from identification of risk to organizational readiness.

The Program-Portfolio Risk Link

- by Andy Jordan

A portfolio can drive changes into a program and vice versa, thus creating risks, changing existing ones or indirectly impacting them through other constraints. This requires a close working relationship between portfolio and program managers. It also presents a challenge of weight decisions about today’s problems versus tomorrow’s.

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