Project managers need to understand actual values for the time spent on projects (in terms of the original forecasts) when a project is coming to a close. Project Portfolio Office’s (PPO) time entry functionality has already entrenched itself as a useable and valuable way for clients to report back on the planned and actual time … Continue reading "It’s time for PPO’s upgraded time entries functionality"
Projects are commonly characterised as temporary endeavours, meaning that they (should) eventually come to an end. In practice, however, we often see the closing phase of a project being delayed, sometimes far beyond the identified or required project closure date. In this blog, I explore the top three reasons, as experienced by the Project Portfolio … Continue reading "Project closure – why it drags on and how to make it stop!"
Why are we so opposed to killing projects? Are we too scared to let go? Is it due to the inflexibility of bureaucratic processes? Or is it based on project stakeholders’ disbelief that the project and management thereof will actually fail? Let’s face it though, there is no shortage of examples of failed projects. The … Continue reading "I think I need to kill this project, but should I, and how do I?"
A PPO functionality that’s widely misunderstood (and misused) is the health indicators feature. The health indicators (also referred to as RAG, or red-amber-green indicators) are manually updated by the project manager and used primarily for project status reporting, aimed at measuring progress, identifying the need for corrective action, and for managing stakeholder expectations. If health … Continue reading "Demystifying the PPO health indicators"
Organisations are often baffled when a newly implemented PPM tool does not deliver the expected returns. The blame often falls on the implementation approach, the end-users, inadequate change management processes and, more often than not, the tool itself. However, the one person who can make or break your PPM tool is often over-looked, the system … Continue reading "What makes a good system administrator?"
Our lives are littered with lines like the following: “Don’t talk to me, talk to my lawyer!” “I know I need a raise / holiday / more recognition, but it’s no use telling me, tell that to my boss!” “That’s a great idea, but rather tell it to the government!” These statements all testify to … Continue reading "Improving project communication, step two"
One of the key reasons that PPM tools are implemented is to allow management the ability to perform portfolio reviews anytime and from anywhere. Portfolio reviews allow organisations to ensure there is a balanced selection of opportunities in the portfolio, hold project offices accountable for delivery, provide support to project teams and deliver credible project … Continue reading "Still waiting for your first portfolio review? Here’s what you’re missing out on!"
From the moment we are brought into this world, all our caretakers’ efforts are focused on one aspect of our education: teaching us how to communicate. First, we’re encouraged to express our thoughts in gestures and sounds, until we later learn to mutter our first words, compose our first sentences, write our first essays. With … Continue reading "Improving project communication, step one"
Most of us relish the idea of “death by chocolate”. What a wonderful way to go! But when it comes to being smothered by something, professionals in the project space more often than not feel stifled by processes…not nearly as delightful as chocolate. So, why do we often feel that our processes and methodologies are … Continue reading "How to avoid death by process"