Developing talent, establishing processes and tools, promoting collaboration, and collecting and delivering data to support project,-program-portfolio efforts.
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Technical competency is not enough in a complex, competitive global marketplace. Project and program managers need leadership and business intelligence skills that support the strategic objectives of their organizations, says Nicholas Errico, author of a field guide that presents a fresh perspective to delivering value.
Project success rates have climbed and waste has fallen significantly as more organizations develop technical and leadership skills, establish project management offices to align vision with execution, and adopt agile approaches, according to Project Management Institute's latest Pulse of the Profession report.
A project management office can be a crucial advocate for agile transformation, but many PMOs act more like roadblocks. Here are some ideas for building alignment between your PMO and agile initiatives, particularly in the areas of governance, planning, scheduling and change control.
In the ongoing effort to link strategy with project execution, one entity can have a huge impact on an organization’s ability to achieve its goals and objectives — the strategic PMO. Here is an overview of an “up and out” approach that integrates groups and functions, dealing in the "currency" of relationships.
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Change management requires continuous communication, active sponsorship, stakeholder buy-in and tailored training. Project leaders can use this spreadsheet-based assessment tool to evaluate their organization's change readiness and to provide guidance on better preparing for change initiatives.
Do your change initiatives create high levels of uncertainty, frustration and wasted effort? Is the human side of change valued through coaching, communication and recognition? This review template can help executives, project/program managers and implementation teams evaluate the effectiveness of change leadership in their organization.
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.
Project management offices often face skepticism, misunderstanding or resistance, especially new or restructured ones. Here is a PowerPoint presentation template that PMO leaders can use to educate the larger organization about their purpose, scope and key functions. It can be tailored, customized and reused according to your PMO's specific structure, mandate and needs.
Thought-leaders and practitioners share their experiences and techniques.
Some organizations have the latest and greatest software for prioritizing projects; some don’t. A project management veteran who helped start her credit card company’s PMO from scratch shares her experiences in meeting the challenges. [8 min.]
Two seasoned project management professionals share their real-world insights on 1) how to create a project management office to develop and instill a consistent project management approach, and 2) the role of project portfolio management in maintaining a successful PMO. [17 min.]