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International Standard on Governance ready for publication


During last week´s meeting in Athens the ISO/TC258 approved ISO 21505 “Project, programme and portfolio management – Guidance on governance” to be ready for publication. The two other topics needed further research, thus study groups for Governance and Programme Management were initiated in 2012, respectively 2013. Best Practices Featured News Governance IPMA ICB IPMA OCB ISO

Governance and Estimating

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If your business is not subject to any external governance process, you’re free to spend your money as you please. But you’re not free to suggest your approach is applicable to those who are governed by external frameworks of spending and accountability for that spend, without a testable confirmation this idea doesn’t violate those governance principles. NoEstimates Governanc

Efficient project governance should not be an oxymoron!

Kiron Bondale

Look up governance in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and you’ll find this definition “ The way that a city, company, etc., is controlled by the people who run it “ This is certainly an appropriate meaning of the phrase when applied to corporate governance, but is not the most empowering vision for how projects need to be governed. ”?

Agile for Large Scale Government Programs

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Agile in the government from Glen Alleman. Agile Earned Value Governance Government IMP/IMS Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Requirements Root Cause AnalysisIt would seem counter intuitive to apply Agile (Scrum) to large Software Intensive System of Systems. But it's not. Here's how we do it with success. Related articles. The Microeconomics of a Project Driven Organization. GAO Reports on ACA Site. All Project Work is Probabilistic Work.

Governance models for Non for Profit Organisation: From theory to Practice


This implies finding and putting in place the right governance model to do so. Neo-institutional theory has consequently been applied by several authors to explain governance and organizational change in the nonprofit sector (Hager, Galaskiewicz, & Larson, 2004). In this context, the New NPO Governance model is related to that approach. Table: New Corporate Governance.

How to Develop a Strong Governance Process with These 6 Tips ?

The two governance processes should be implemented constantly to keep track of the scope creeps, risks , opportunities, and also safeguard the following resources from running out. To stay within deadline means having a governance process that everyone will adhere to. Building up a governance process may be a little intimidating, especially if you don’t organize your project outline properly. To prevent that from happening, refer the following tricks for a strong governance process. Cet article How to Develop a Strong Governance Process with These 6 Tips ?

Becoming An Effective Leader In Government & Beyond: An Interview With Steve Ressler, Founder of GovLoop

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Have you ever considered the public sector and government for your next career move? Governments face interesting problems and that means there are opportunities to deliver new projects. government to launching his own venture, GovLoop. My thanks to Winnie Liem and the PMI-SOC Government Community for introducing me to Steve. Who Is Steve Ressler? Just get on.)”

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Increasing the Probability of Project Success

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Capabilities Earned Value Estimating Governance Management Performance-Based Project Management® Principles Requirements Risk Root Cause Analysis Technical Performance MeasuresIncreasing the Probability of Project Success Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice. This means having a set of Principles, Process, and Practices to test the suggestion against. Let's start with the Principles.

Why We Don't Need to Question Everything

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This begs the question - is there any governance process in place ? If there is a Governance process in place, then that means there are decision rights in place as well. Questioning those governance processes and questioning the principles, processes, and procedure that implement the governance processes usually starts with the owners of the governance process. If there is a mechanism for assessing the efficacy of the governance, that's where the questioning starts. What is Governance? Why We Need Governance. NoEstimates Governance

Agile Project Management Methods for Corporate IT Projects

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This definition for single scrum teams needs to come in contact with Corporate Governance, managerial finance, decision making in the presence of uncertainty when spending the firms money that has impacts beyond the team and their natural desire to control their own destiny. Governance is about decision rights. Why We Need Governance. NoEstimates Agile Books Governance


Reality of the Value of Estimating

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NoEstimates Estimating GovernanceAvoid software project horror stories - check the reality value of the estimate first from Harold van Heeringen.

Insights from Gartner 2011 PPM and IT Governance Summit – A Conversation with Donna Fitzgerald

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Donna Fitzgerald, Research VP with Gartner, shares insights from the Gartner 2011 PPM and IT Governance Summit. Donna Fitzgerald, Research VP with Gartner, shares insights from the Gartner 2011 PPM and IT Governance Summit. I had the great pleasure to talk to one the thought leaders that I count on for advice on Program and Portfolio Management. Donna Fitzgerald, Research VP with Gartner, shares with us insights from her four presentations at. I had the great pleasure to talk to one the thought leaders that I count on for advice on Program and Portfolio Management.

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What Is Management in the Context of Agile

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One view of management in Agile can be informed by Governance of the work efforts. Here's a version of Governance, from " Agile Governance Theory: conceptual development ,” Alexandre J. Agile GovernanceThere's a meme going around in some parts of agile that management is inhumane. Managing in the presence of Agile is not the same as managing in traditional domains.

Sponsoring a project – a key role for successful delivery


The organisation’s governance practices should make it clear who the sponsor is, how the sponsor is selected, their accountabilities, and responsibilities as well as the relationships between the sponsor and the project manager and between the project and the business. Featured Know how News Governance Power Project sponsorIt´s the role of the “project sponsor”.

Who does what, when and how…?

Ron Rosenhead

project management governance courses in project management governance project management project management roles project sponsorsThe atmosphere in the room was tense so I decided to intervene and summarised as follows: this group is a mix of project managers and project sponsors. I drew the following on a flip chart (reproduced as the original was very poor!). They understood!

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How good are you at starting off your project?

Ron Rosenhead

I came across an interesting report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) – which exists to provide independent opinion and evidence to assist Parliament and hold government to account. our examination of central government projects repeatedly shows that too few projects bring all of these factors together well.”. I was surprised as I had not seen this report before.

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Project Success Means Knowing.

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NoEstimates Capabilities Estimating Governance Management Mathematics Principles Project Management SchedulingTo increase the Probability of Project success means we have to know something about the attributes and measures of the Five Immutable Principles that enbale this project success, when managing in the presence of uncertainty. All engineering projects, including software projects, are a constrained optimization problems. How do we take the resources we have and deliver the best outcomes requested by those paying? The suppliers provide solutions. The suppliers provide solutions.

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Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

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NoEstimates Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Performance-Based Project Management® Principles Project ManagementAll successful projects adhere to these five immutable principles during the lifecycle of the design, development, deployment, and operation. These principles are independent of any project or program domain or context in that domain. They are also independent of any project management method or product development method, including agile. They ask five questions that must have credible answers that establish the foundation for success. Related articles.

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Collective belief and its possible impact on projects.

Ron Rosenhead

Project governance – many projects are risky. Surely the overall governance processes should have kicked in and stopped the project? Do we need a command and control approach to deal with this… project management governance benefits management governance project management project portfolio project priorities stopping projectsThe project is going well.

The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

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Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Management PrinciplesI came across a couple of interesting tweets over the weekend. Scrum is) more defined rather than empirical process. Agile in name only. scrum, not agile. not as it was prior to scrum. lost art. Scrum is prescriptive and defined rather than empirical. it seeks to be guidance for work it's too far removed from to understand.

The Executive-Project Manager Gap

Troubled and Failing Project

It was such an innocuous question, "Working on an article; what is the biggest problem you see with project governance at orgs? Governance & DefinitionCan you comment?" Can I comment? Really? That is like cheese to a mouse. Where could I start—bureaucracy, draconian process, poor executive sponsorship, disengaged leaders? Plenty of fodder, because they all lead to project failure. I fired off, "Creating an over bureaucratic morass stifling innovation & implementing process instead of cultivating leaders." Naomi Caietti , Robert Kelly and I had a great conversation.

Your CRM Implementation Is Going To Fail

Troubled and Failing Project

Governance & DefinitionCustomer Relationship Management (CRM) implementations fail at an alarming rate. For the last fourteen years, numerous independent parties have come up with the same dismal statistics. In fact, your implementation probably will not meet your goals either. The graphic above does not bode well for anyone heading out on that journey. To be sure, configuring the software is significantly more difficult that it appears at first glance. As much as one wants to blame Salesforce, Microsoft, or some other software vendor, though, the trouble lies much closer to home.

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Connecting Five Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

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Capabilities Governance IMP/IMS Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Project Management Requirements SchedulingTo increase the probability of project success, many things have to happen at the same time. Here's are Five principles and practices that can increase that probability of success. Principles and Practices of Performance-Based Project Management® from Glen Alleman. Related articles. Managing in Presence of Uncertainty. Applying the Right Ideas to the Wrong Problem. Good Project and Bad Project.

Estimates, Forecasts, Projections

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We can estimate the total cost, total duration, and the probability that all the Features will be delivered on the program we are working for the US Government. NoEstimates Debunking Earned Value Estimating Governance Management Principles Project ManagementThere is the misuse of the terms of statistics and probability in many domains. Politics being one. The #Noestimates advocates are another of the most prolific abusers of these terms. Here are the mathematical definitions. not the Wikipedia definition, not the self-made definitions used to support their conjectures. Estimates.

The business case is implicit in what we do

Ron Rosenhead

project management governance project management project management training project sponsor training sponsor training too many projectsNot my words but the words of a client. She is a senior executive asking for some support. Below is the substance of the conversation starting with what do you mean by that? Client: Well, because of the nature of the business, it’s already within what we do.

Disband Your PMO

Troubled and Failing Project

Governance & DefinitionAfter nearly 30 years of project work, I struggle to understand the role of a project management office (PMO). Even though, I have written of the pros and cons , and read a plethora of articles, opinions, and how-to guides little has been done to convince me that the PMO is reducing project failure. It seems to be nothing more than a tool to fill a void in leadership? Even the acronym, which is so widely thrown around, has little meaning as the "P" has no less than four meanings. It is an executive's crutch for their lack of understanding in how projects work.

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How good is project sponsorship in your company?

Ron Rosenhead

project sponsors courses in project management project management project management governance project management training project risks project sponsorI was talking with a prospective client (let’s call him Bob) on the telephone and he asked me what I thought was the biggest problem for project sponsors? I pointed out that that sponsors themselves ask me what they should be doing.

2015 28

The Problems with Schedules

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NoEstimates Capabilities Estimating Governance Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Project ManagementHere's an article, recently referenced by a #NoEstimates twitter post. The Core Problem with Project Success. There are many core Root Causes of program problems. Here's 4 from research at PARCA. The notion of Ideal is just that - notional. Just the estimate.

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Are your project management success rates improving?

Ron Rosenhead

project management governance governance project management project risks project sponsorThe latest PMI Pulse of the Profession Report said: “We are encouraged to see in this year’s Pulse of the Profession® that organizations are making progress—significant progress—as they are experiencing more success with implementing strategic initiatives. How about your company?


Who should attend project management training?

Ron Rosenhead

project management training courses in project management project management project management governance project sponsorI must get at least 3 calls per months where the conversation moves from can you run a project management course to the above issue. What could be simpler? My concern is with this process. It does not take into account organisational needs. This is what I suggested.

Transport for London’s Signal Failure – £886m more than planned*

Ron Rosenhead

Public or in house training – the choice is yours Performance management report for project sponsors- must do… project management governance auditing projects project management risk management skills shortageHorrible headlines and a horrible situation. The above costs come from a report published by Budget and Performance Committee of the London Assembly.

You want them to understand…but do you really understand?

Ron Rosenhead

project management governance business case courses in project management project definition project management trainingIt is an interesting situation. It is also disturbing. Project managers and project team members are not able to articulate why they are doing the project (what problem are they trying to address), nor what they are doing. Let me explain what I mean in more detail.

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#NoEstmates and the System of Profound Ignorance (SOPI)

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NoEstimates GovernanceDeming's approach to problem solving is based on The System of Profound Knowledge (SOPK). The anti-pattern to SOPK is The System of Profound Ignorance (SOPI). . To obtain a System of Profound Knowledge, we need to start with the four components - appreciation of the system, theory of knowledge, knowledge of variation, and the psychology of the people and process working within the system. A solid understanding of each component from a conceptual perspective: What is the variation? Why do we need to know about it? software development). our team). Want to get paid?

Who owns project management in your company?

Ron Rosenhead

project management governance PMO project management project sponsors who owns project managementIt is interesting as I visit different companies around the UK to establish who owns project management within the business. I usually ask the above question; with interesting results! The answer never seems to be straightforward. What does owning project management really mean?

2015 19

Constrain first or constrain last when populating a project portfolio?

Kiron Bondale

IT Governance Project Portfolio Management resource availability strategic objectives Valuable projects work intakeThe essence of portfolio management is deriving the best possible outcome for the organization given that there are finite resources such as funding, time or capacity of skilled staff. marketing, HR, IT) or portfolio classification (e.g.

Are we all on the same page?

Ron Rosenhead

project management governance business case courses in project management project management training project sponsor stakeholder managementOn project management courses I use the 5 principles of project management so ably developed by Glen Alleman*. These are: Increasing the probability of success – the 5 key principles. Now these are two of several comments over the last few months.

Londoners, dig deep in your pockets for yet another troubled project

Ron Rosenhead

project management governance accountabiity governance learning fro mistakes projectToday, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan ordered an enquiry into the escalating costs of the former Olympic stadium site. The original Olympic stadium is now home of West Ham United football club. However the escalating costs have raised more than a few eye brows. additional costs for the seating problem.

Performance management report for project sponsors- must do better

Ron Rosenhead

project management governance performance management project management project sponsor project sponsor checklistThe group were sipping coffee and chatting until I interrupted them. I asked them take a look at the question posed putting some thoughts onto post it notes. The question was: So what is project sponsorship like in your organisation? Slowly, they started to write.

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The World in 2050 – and some implications for project management


What are the implications for economies, governments and project management? Despite the recent signs of nationalism and protectionism, the developments require global collaboration on all levels , between governments, corporations, projects and people. Strategic PMOs may support government agencies and top managers in this crucial task. Do we know how they manage projects?

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Do you know, really know….?

Ron Rosenhead

project management governance performance management project management project management training project sponsorThe project manager had no view at all of his performance and no development needs were discussed. How do I know? He told me that he had not had the usual performance management review nor sat with anyone to produce a personal development plan. He was unsure about his future….