Category: For the PM

How the right maturity assessment can help your PMO add strategic value

An organisation’s Project Management Office (PMO) should play a vital role in delivering on the business’ strategy. However, gaining an understanding of this action plan – and the company’s maturity to execute its declared strategy – is a necessary first step in unlocking a PMO’s value. A clear view of stakeholders’ needs and expectations is also key to this process.

Is the PMO helping your organisation to become ‘project-fit’?

In a rapidly changing business world, the ability to adapt and apply new information is fast becoming more important than any other skill. It shouldn’t come as any surprise then, to hear that Project Management Offices (PMOs) have come under growing pressure from their organisations over the past few years to become more agile, strategic and value-adding; a point that has become further highlighted recently against the backdrop of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Building an effective business case for PPM software

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There are a number of reasons behind an organisation’s decision to implement Project Portfolio Management (PPM) software. Key motives include a clearer understanding of the number of active projects aligned to the organisation’s strategic objectives in terms of benefit realisation, assessing the prioritisation and sequencing of projects given the company’s capacity, and measuring health and … Continue reading "Building an effective business case for PPM software"

To Certify or Not to Certify – Still a Burning Project Management Question

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Project management certification. Is it helpful? Does it get you jobs? Does it increase your project management skills? Does it add value to you as a project manager? Does it add value to the organisation you work for? Monetarily...is it worth it? Should hiring organisations require it? Should hiring managers demand it? These are all … Continue reading "To Certify or Not to Certify – Still a Burning Project Management Question"

A Project Full of Regrets

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Ever had a project that just didn’t go well? Of course you have… you may not have realised how bad it was…you still may not realise it…but we’ve all had one or two. For me, it was one that spiralled down the drain due to error-prone deliverables going out to the customer, a staff that was … Continue reading "A Project Full of Regrets"

5 Things That You Need to Stop Doing as a Project Manager

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Newsflash...there are some things we are doing as project managers that are wrong. Just wrong. They seem logical. Everyone does these things, right? We are expected to do these things...accommodate everyone...play nice with management. Think again. Project success depends heavily on your customer's perception of the project and outcome. Always keep that in mind...and read … Continue reading "5 Things That You Need to Stop Doing as a Project Manager"

4 Secrets to the Best Project Plan Possible

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Statement of work.  Project budget.  Project resource plan.  Project charter.  Project communication plan.  Project schedule.  Project test plan.  Project implementation plan.  Technical project documents like the functional design document and technical design document.  All of these are put in place just to make the project manager’s life very complicated.  That isn’t true, of course, but … Continue reading "4 Secrets to the Best Project Plan Possible"