Category: Lessons Learnt

10 actions for programme management offices to navigate a successful transformation programme


It’s common for organisations to launch complex and large-scale change transformation programmes yet, nearly 75 percent of these programme fail to improve business performance within the short or long-term. At the start of these transformation programmes, there is almost always tremendous pressure to get going as quickly as possible and this is where some of the first mistakes are made. Executive Sponsors are eager to get going to build trust that the investment is in good hands, whilst programme practitioners want to ensure that there is a solid foundation in place to execute the programme.

What is your PMO’s #1 Project this Year?


I returned from the UK on Friday 13 March and self isolated until my negative COVID-19 test results came through on Wednesday 18 March. We closed the Project Portfolio Offices offices on that day, moved all staff to work remotely and officially stopped all face to face engagements on Friday 20 March. It’s thus been over two weeks that I’ve been working from home, which has given me the opportunity to eventually share some thoughts on our February 2020 PMO Forum event.

So whose side are you on? Industry hot potatoes debated at quarterly Gauteng PMO Forum


The recent leg of the Gauteng PMO Forum, supported by Project Portfolio Office, featured a lively conversational buzz as some 80 PMO leaders and executives took part in a multi-question debate. Three topical issues in the current project and portfolio management (PPM) space were presented, and after a brief introduction of each to set the scene, it was ‘G for go!’ on The Great Debate, the last event of this year in the popular series.

Project Portfolio Office looks at the current state of the local portfolio and project management, releasing results of first PMO Insights Report

Project Portfolio Office, a solution provider that helps organisations achieve greater project success, has released findings of the first ever comprehensive analysis of project management offices (PMOs) within South Africa. Project Portfolio Office equips businesses with processes to drive operational efficiency by either implementing a new project management office (PMO), operating a PMO, or optimising and maturing existing PMOs.

What PMO leaders and executives are doing to secure their seat at the strategy table


I was privileged to lead the discussion  on what successful project management office (PMO) leaders and executives are doing to secure their seat at the strategy table at the recent Gauteng PMO forum. The forum is an invitation only interest group under the umbrella of Project Management South Africa (PMSA) that  provides members with a regular opportunity … Continue reading “What PMO leaders and executives are doing to secure their seat at the strategy table”

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"

3 Things Great Project Management Offices Do Differently For Awesome Customer Experiences

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When considering the mandate of traditional project management offices (PMOs), the territory of customer service and thus a great customer experience (CX) is usually left uncharted. The week leading up to the latest instalment of the PMO Forum (a special interest group for PMO Leaders and Executives, endorsed by Project Management South Africa and sponsored … Continue reading "3 Things Great Project Management Offices Do Differently For Awesome Customer Experiences"