Government Lessons in People Over Process

Leading Answers

I was working for IBM at the time and was able to persuade my account manager to pitch the approach on one of our government projects. We were all set for a big client success and who better than the British Government for good publicity! Something I was not aware of at the time is how the career development process works within the government. I first wrote this article for the Government themed November issue of, available to subscribers Here ].

The Road to Effective Project Management Governance

What really is project management governance? With countless articles and books in the business spectrum conveying such practice, project management governance is in the sense, subjective. There’s no correct description of it and it’s safe to say that individuals or groups who employ and encounter project management governance have developed their own understanding of it. Governance and Decisions. To be more precise, project management governance.


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Government Lessons in People Over Process

Leading Answers

I was working for IBM at the time and was able to persuade my account manager to pitch the approach on one of our government projects. We were all set for a big client success and who better than the British Government for good publicity! Something I was not aware of at the time is how the career development process works within the government. I first wrote this article for the Government themed November issue of, available to subscribers Here ].

Kingspan Insulation Enables Growth with Successful Product Portfolio Governance

Arras People

If your organisation does not have effective product portfolio governance, growth can quickly become overwhelming and lead you into making inaccurate decisions. They addressed many challenges to create an NPD process that enabled innovation and growth. How are you managing and adapting your NPD processes? The post Kingspan Insulation Enables Growth with Successful Product Portfolio Governance appeared first on arraspeople. Growth is a good thing. Right?

Kingspan Insulation Enables Growth with Successful Product Portfolio Governance

Arras People

If your organisation does not have effective product portfolio governance, growth can quickly become overwhelming and lead you into making inaccurate decisions. They addressed many challenges to create an NPD process that enabled innovation and growth. How are you managing and adapting your NPD processes? Growth is a good thing. Right? It means your business is doing well, reaching new customers, obtaining greater market share. Well, not necessarily.

Your Basic Guide to IT Project Governance Framework

The process won’t even work unless there is manpower involved, as well as methodologies and standards implemented for projects to be delivered successfully. IT project governance framework has since been the answer to this equation, but people seemed not to fully grasp its function. This article tackles the importance and significance of IT Project Governance Framework and its impact on the projects in the organization. This is one of the purposes of project governance.

2017 Project Management Trends To Watch

Girl's Guide to PM

This year I’m looking forward into 2017 to highlight some of the project management trends I think it is worth watching out for. A positive benefit to this could be employers putting existing professionals through the Higher Project Management Apprenticeship scheme, upskilling them at virtually no cost (or at least, through funds already paid to the government in the form of the levy). Will 2017 be the year we get our first Chartered Project Professionals?

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

Projects involved a lot of planning , implementation , and not to mention tracking or detecting issues and problems within the team or the project, and surpassing the following process. 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.

Lessons Learned - A suggested Process

Project Health Check

Now let us spell out a structured Process that we suggest: Plan Lessons Capture - Lessons Learned (L.L.) a) What mechanism can be used for verifying it, such as a specific project metric during a specific governance forum (b) exactly when the monitoring should take place, and then (c) the precise results of the monitoring activity. What Lessons Learned Processes have you used - or has it mostly been unstructured?

The Magic 7 Project Portfolio Management Process Steps

And the answer to all of these is in the guise of project portfolio management process steps. The project portfolio management process steps mentioned below cater to all types of organizations that execute portfolio management to reach their business objectives and their strategic goals. Remember that these project portfolio management process steps don’t fix your woes within a day or week; treat it as the start of your path towards an efficient portfolio. .

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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. Most staff would view governance as a necessary evil. So what should right-sized governance look like?

All form and no (agile) substance?

Kiron Bondale

We might have done away with heavy project governance, premature or excessive planning, and documentation for documentation’s sake, but if we don’t remind ourselves why our team performs specific agile ceremonies, we are no better than our brethren toiling under the burden of traditional, one size fits all delivery practices. Tagged: agile project management , Process compliance stupidity.

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How to Keep Your Projects On-Time and On-Budget

Arras People

To put it simply, project controls encompass the people, processes and tools used to plan, manage and mitigate cost and schedule issues and any risk events that may impact a project. Well-developed controls, monitored through each step of the process, also ensure that timing and budget demands are met and that every participant knows their role in context of the project. companies and government agencies an estimated $145 billion per year!

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Herding Cats

Governance is about decision rights. Notions of self-organizing teams, self-direction, self-management need to be established inside a governance framework. When you hear about any process where management is NOT involved, ask first who's money are they spending

Project managers, just say no!

Ron Rosenhead

Effective change control – project management processes have clear change control processes. If you don’t have a change control process, develop onbe and have it as an integral part of your processes. project management governance project management project scope risk management saying no stakeholdersBut use what is in project management system and your people skills. Over the last 18 months I have seen more and more pressure placed on project managers.

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Project Status Reporting – 6 Key Considerations

Project Health Check

The Project should then be reporting its status regularly to senior management via a Status Report, as part of its overarching Governance arrangement. So far so good; but when an organisation is orchestrating its status reporting process, what does it need to consider? We’ve recently been involved in a review and update to the Project status reporting and governance structure for a major organisation with circa 150 Projects live projects at any one time.

2017 192

Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

Project Bliss

To find out more detail about the requirements process, you can read my post on Software Project Requirements 101: What You Need to Know To Get You Started. Your project goals may be to reduce costs, reduce processing times, or increase revenues for a customer. Use quality management tools and processes throughout the project. As the project manager, you may report to stakeholders, governance bodies, and anyone else who needs project information.

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The Risk Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Let’s look at how to start the risk management process. You may find a risk breakdown structure (RBS) in the organizational process assets that provide a longer list of categories and sub-categories. Companies with strong risk governance may require that you use a standard set of risk categories.). Most of your project problems can be avoided or greatly reduced through risk management.

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Accountability on a Agile Software Development in the Presence of Governance

Herding Cats

Self-Organizing is a powerful process. So for projects that spend other people's money in the presence of uncertainty - Governance is a means to establish those shared principles. Governance is about Decision Rights. You don't need governance, a Product Roadmap, and Release Plan. But if you're on a team that gets its funding outside the team, then there is likely a governance process in place for how to spend that money.

What Can a Project Manager Do Next? The Project Manager Career Ladder

Project Bliss

The Portfolio Manager may also establish portfolio governance standards and procedures for approvals, reporting and other needs. You’d establish processes and procedures that your team would follow. Like the Portfolio Manager, the PMO Manager establishes processes and procedures for the PMO. She establishes reporting processes and monitors the health of each of the projects carried out by the PMO.

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Preparing to Take On a Business Process Management Software


Business process management (BPM) isn’t new. hours, there’s been a process-centric and customer-centric approach to improving business results. What is business process management, after all, but the methods and tools used to monitor, streamline, and improve business processes? Fundamentals of Business Process Management. You can’t go far into the definition of BPM without talking about what a business process is. How to map your processes.

So this is why project management is failing.

Ron Rosenhead

Project Review/governance – ensure that there is strong project management review alongside project governance in place (Governance refers to the set of policies, regulations, functions, processes, procedures and responsibilities that define the establishment, management and control of projects, programmes and portfolios.). Give that person executive authority – within the companies governance processes!

2017 143

Managing Your First Strategic Initiative

Arras People

Equally an internal review of current business performance can also be the trigger for strategic initiatives that require process improvement to improve costs. It will be interesting to see how many strategic initiatives British Airways will instigate in light of the recent issue of global computer failure causing chaos at Heathrow and Gatwick in May 2017 to rebuild consumer confidence in their battered brand.

The Classic Misunderstanding between Principles, Practices, and Process

Herding Cats

SAs an early user (as a FORTRAN 77 developer on Software Intensive System of Systems for Ballistic Missle Defense systems), the principles of Iterative and incremental development, emergent requirements, customer in the loop , and other principles, practices, and processes found in Agile started long before the Agile Manifesto. Those that objected to the early XP approaches were right to criticize the lack of governance and actionable outcomes.

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The 30 Most Popular Project Management Articles from 2017


So where did many of the business and technology executives and professionals frequent to find the top content of 2017? Top 11 project management certifications for 2017 (CIO). Takeaway: Project management skills bring clarity, focus and much-needed structure to the startup process. It’s important to develop and implement a streamlined methodology assessment process (MAP) to determine the best approach for each project.

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Preventing Kickbacks to Those with the Power to Purchase

Project Risk Coach

He is the author of The Little Book of Local Government Fraud Prevention and Preparation of Financial Statements & Compilation Engagements. The surest means of ensuring a clean procurement process is to create written protocols that require transparency. Moreover, your auditors–whether internal or external–should report their findings directly to those charged with governance of the company.

2017 173

What is the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act?

Moira Alexander

PMI's Pulse of the Profession report shows "only 64 percent of government strategic initiatives ever meet their goals and business intent -- and that government entities waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs.". How does this bill impact PM practices within the federal government? The PMIAA bill impacts all areas of the government with the exception of the Department of Defense (DOD). How does this impact government agencies?

2017 125

Project Start-Up: The Plan for a Plan

Project Health Check

Du ring the Project Start-up and planning phase, projects will execute detailed planning processes to produce a Performance Measurement Baseline of Cost/Schedule/Scope and an associated Project Management Plan. Here is where we need a Plan-For-A-Plan, and this is where having a process asset template can be a real help.

2017 177

Inspiring Women in Project Management: Amy Hamilton

Girl's Guide to PM

The names and processes are different, however, but very results focused. I currently perform IT Project Management for the US Government in Stuttgart, Germany. In my career I have served as an Army Officer on Active Duty, as a contractor in the IT field for the US Government and for the past ten years as a Government Civilian. Women have come a long way in project management and in the US Government. Today I’m interviewing Amy Hamilton.

2017 252

How effective is your benefits management framework?

Kiron Bondale

While project intake processes usually require some articulation of expected benefits, few companies effectively monitor and control the realization of those benefits over the life of a project and beyond. In such cases, governance committees should determine whether expected benefits should be measured at a higher level and the contribution of individual projects pro-rated in some manner. Benefits management, like project risk management, is practiced poorly by most organizations.

2017 139

How to connect business strategy with project management

Moira Alexander

The second component is leveraging a rigorous portfolio and project management governance process. The first step provides strategic focus ensuring business alignment across multiple stakeholders and minimizing the business process risk," says Srinivasan.

2017 138

The Calm Before the Project Management Storm

Arras People

So now we have to see what happens with: Our Government. We, the profession, kid ourselves if we think that the first person the Prime Minister or members of the Government or those Civil Servants in Whitehall think of is us. It sure as hell is not more process. There comes a time when you’ve been working in and around project management for a while and you take a sit back and just reflect for a while.

2017 150

The #1 Challenge in Project Management (According to the Experts)


The first step was to join forces with Aberdeen to release the recent report, “ 2017 Project Management Software Trends. Working closely with stakeholders is so important so they can see the process evolve and help us correct the course at every step - this 'total immersion' of key internal customers worked really well during an ERP deployment. The root cause often lies in two points: ineffective estimation at the start or poor project governance regarding changes.

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Taxing Times for Project Management Practitioners in the Public Sector

Arras People

The recent introduction of the updated Off-Payroll Workers (IR35) legislation for the Public sector which became law on the 6 th April 2017 has caused much consternation for many project management practitioners involved in the supply of day rate labour. The Consultation: As background, Arras People have been involved in the public consultation process with HMRC since the changes were first floated and have attended a number of sessions as well as providing 1:1 feedback and comment.

2017 163

What’s missing from your projects?

Ron Rosenhead

Related Posts: People deliver projects; not processes Who owns project management in your company? * project management governance courses in project management project management project management training stakeholder managementI was filing away action plans from a recent project management course and noticed the wording from one person who answered; stakeholder management is missing. He explained to the group that there are often issues in the ‘people aspects’ of project.

2017 130

Do you know, really know….?

Ron Rosenhead

Now, I’m not saying you simply ask; build the process into whatever you are doing. Yes, the inevitable marketing – we can develop a simple 360 process…. 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?

2017 136

Your Ultimate Guide To Portfolio Management Tools

Large projects call for complex processes and the need for more management procedures. Portfolio management tools help refine the existing projects and processes within portfolios that exist in the organization to prevent excess project churn. Financial Governance. Each existing establishment has different needs, priorities, and functions, so you have to start with your company’s overall structure before embarking on the software selection process.

2017 103

Are we all on the same page?

Ron Rosenhead

He has written extensively about them and for those who have not seen his writing he suggests that there are some principles, processes and practices to increase the probability of project management success. 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*.

2017 142

What is Project Portfolio Management : The Basics

Portfolios are thus born to organize and prioritize projects and govern the resources and team within each of them. Project portfolio management (PPM) is the discipline or process that aids organizations and projects to acquire information and efficient methods to improve and develop tasks, as well as resource allocation and coordination among teams. Portfolio Governance Management. What is Portfolio Management?

2017 111

Inspiring Women in Project Management: Karen Chovan

Girl's Guide to PM

On the project management side, you’ll often see many female project managers involved with managing the environmental assessment and regulatory processes and supplementary programs for monitoring performance and oversight. Inspiring Women in Project Management: Amy Hamilton This inspiring woman in project management, Amy Hamilton, shares her experiences as a project manager in the US Army, for the government, and her Tedx.

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