Projects at Work


Opinions, research, analysis and surveys.

A wide range of perspectives from practitioners and peers.
Provocative thinking from the field.

Who Cares About Tasks?

- by Dan Patterson

Wouldn't it be better if scheduling tools focused on deliverables rather than the work — the activities and tasks — needed to deliver them? Execution is about creating value, and stakeholders care little about the busy details. Project managers who get this distinction right will reap the benefits of more realistic and achievable plans.

Pseudo PMOs?

- by Guy Barlow

Most large organizations have established project, program or portfolio management offices, but there is a disconnect between many PMOs and the wider businesses they support, according to a group of senior executives and academics that studied the trend. They recommend that some organizations would be better served by a decentralized approach that creates “pseudo PMOs.”

Exploring the latest trends impacting the PM community...

Got Sponsors?

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Active engagement by executive sponsors remains the top driver of project and program success, according to a new research report from Project Management Institute. But sponsors are assigned to fewer than two-thirds of strategic initiatives, and overextension, communication gaps and lack of skills development often limit or inhibit their ability to be effective.

Bad Requirements, Bad Results

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Poor requirements management is costing organizations $51 million for every $1 billion spent on their strategic initiatives, according to new research by Project Management Institute. But focusing on people, processes and culture can raise requirements management maturity and greatly improve outcomes.

The latest findings and figures.

The State of the PMO 2014

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A benchmark study shows project management offices continue to expand their influence as strategic resources for their organizations. In addition, high-performing PMOs improved the alignment of projects with strategy by 53 percent. Top priorities this year include implementing various processes to improve strategic capability.

PPM Services Survey

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This project portfolio management survey will take about 10 minutes of your time, but the results will go along way in understanding the state of PPM in organizations like yours, including the greatest obstacles to success and what should be done to overcome them. Your participation gives you access to the report and could win you a $400 Amazon gift card — how's that for a decent ROI?!





Umar R: "This article demystifies accountability and makes it very operational. I have he…" on Pragmatic Accountability
December 20, 2014

Anju A: "I feel this discussion is just a way to find something to discuss. Tasks are the…" on Who Cares About Tasks?
December 19, 2014

Kees-Jan L: "A very good article." on Pragmatic Accountability
December 18, 2014

farhan l: "It's a good starting point but seems to miss lots of other good names. The list …" on Best PM Tools, Per ‘The Crowd’
December 18, 2014



Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

Bart Gerardi

Sr. Technical Program Manager,
Bart has been an ecommerce program manager for 15 years, and can’t…

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for BigVisible where he…

Dan Patterson

CEO/Founder, Acumen
Globally recognized project analytics thought leader and software entrep…

Janis Rizzuto

Contributing Editor, ProjectsAtWork
Janis has been writing for ProjectsAtWork for more than a decade, starti…

Aaron Smith

Editorial Director,
Aaron has been the editor of ProjectsAtWork since 2001, leading its evol…



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