Sustain Your PMO: Nine Easy Lessons

The Lazy Project Manager

As has been already discussed the reality out there in ‘PMO land’ is that there is not a plethora of wise and experienced PMO managers, directors, leaders, heads, etc., and so it is sensible for anyone who is engaged to help an organisation set up a new PMO or advise on improvements to an existing PMO to reach out for some help. The risk to not doing so is to, at the very least, slow the return on investment of the new PMO down. Is the PMO model the right one?

PMO Leadership: How PMOs Can Evolve into Savvy PMOs


PMO leadership today is about more than being a purveyor of governance and delivering projects on time and on budget. The Savvy PMO fosters organizational agility, cultivates efficiencies, and drives growth strategies. The PMO leadership journey to becoming a Savvy PMO builds on a collaborative approach to adapt processes, support multiple work methodologies, and relook at their toolset. Start with this quick-start post to becoming a Savvy PMO.


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Combining Waterfall and Agile in SAFe

Arras People

It may be a government requirement, or may just be a lack of Agile comfort, adoption, and familiarity. What should be shared across the two methodologies – the Agile focused PMO. First, we recognize that the existing PMO can provide governance across both the Waterfall and the Agile programs. Having a common approach governance will allow key decisions to be made based on the metrics being used.

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Healthcare PMO: BCBS Roundtable Exchanges Thought Provoking Ideas


A healthcare PMO today must have a strong constitution. Healthcare PMO’s should ensure that the organization has the right portfolio mix to accomplish its goals and be able to pivot and re-prioritize as needed. Using Planview solutions, the PMO at BCBS NC has evolved from basic resource management to strategic, enterprise portfolio management. This is where the healthcare PMO comes in, but the group agreed that it’s presenting challenges.

2021 Online & On-Site Events for Project Managers

Epicflow Blog

June 10-12 — EURAM 2021 online Conference invites you to join their 20th meetup with the featured topic “Reshaping capitalism for a sustainable world“. June 14-15, London, UK — PMO 2021 Conference is the largest UK’s conference for PMO practitioners.

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Project Management System: The Basics


The project team structure subsystem governs how project teams are organized into hierarchies. government agencies). The project planning subsystem governs all aspects of project planning across the portfolio. What is a Project Management System?

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Top Project Management Conferences of 2020

Keynote speaker is Nick Smallwood, CEO of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Head of Government’s Project Delivery Function. The PMO 2020 Conference. Designed for the PMO practitioner, this project management conference focuses on portfolio, program and project offices. This conference is an educational bonanza for professionals, featuring PMO expert speakers, an exhibition hall of PMO products and services and time set aside for networking.

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Inspiring Women in Project Management: Karen Chovan

Girl's Guide to PM

However, in the fields related to sustainability, environment and earth-geosciences, safety, health and community engagement, there are quite a few women. After high school, I delved into architectural drafting, then geological engineering, dam construction management, environmental impact studies and managing field activities to support that, and lastly a full dive into the broader realm of sustainability and it’s application to industrial developments and organisational change.

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Holiday PPM Checklist


Head of the PMO: As PMO managers stand the most to gain from a centralized software solution, they often have the most interest in what functions are included. Here are four key areas where PPM can help align your PMO to the business.

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How to connect business strategy with project management

Moira Alexander

To align business goals with project management (PM), leaders from the enterprise project management office (EMPO) or project management office (PMO) need to be involved in strategic planning sessions alongside senior-level management. The second component is leveraging a rigorous portfolio and project management governance process. Project management can be a powerful tool for enabling business strategy and creating a sustainable wins.

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Changing the Face of PM Training

Girl's Guide to PM

I love Management of Portfolios (MoP), a book I co-authored which is the UK Government/AXELOS global best practice standard. Corporate Learning Managers and PMO Leaders are loving us because they can post a request for proposal (RFP) on and select the highest quality providers in a fraction of the time. This sustainability model was inspired by three aspects.

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Pulse of the Profession 2018: Success in Disruptive Times by Managing Projects Effectively


The 2018 edition of the Pulse highlights feedback and insights from 4,455 project management practitioners, 447 senior executives, and 800 project management office (PMO) directors from a range of industries, including government, information technology (IT), telecom, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, and construction. The analysis in this report and other outputs from this project, also draws on the insights of interviews with eight corporate leaders and eight PMO directors.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

I think when we think about how we are delivering our projects, we need to focus on Business Value, Customer Satisfaction, Governance and less about coming in on time and budget. During 2018 I will be launching an update to my online PMO course, The PMO Lifecycle: Building, Running, and Shutting Down , I have brand new webinars in the works with materials never been shared before all based off of my Project Management Communication Tools book, and my PMO Lifecycle book.

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The Complete Glossary of 614 Project Management Terms


Audit: The process of analyzing a project to ensure that it is being governed as intended. Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO): A dedicated department within an organization that's responsible for the governance of projects, programs, and portfolios across the organization.

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Strategy Implementation Needs Great Portfolio Management

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

In this article I talk about the latest developments in portfolio management, drawing on my own experience as Head of Portfolio Management for three leading multinationals, as well as the dozens of workshops with top executives and senior government officials that I have facilitated around the world. How is this sustainable in the long term? This post first appeared on PMO Perspectives Blog.

Project Management Questions I Get Asked Most

Online PM Courses

That is, the two things that really matter are getting the job done, and good governance. What is a PMO? But, I am sure you want more details, so we asked PMO leader and a leading thinker, Peter Taylor to fill you in. He wrote a massive two-part article for you: Introduction to the PMO – The Absolute Essentials You Really MUST Know. Sustainable success comes, to a large extent, from your project culture.

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Nuclear Cleanup To Bridge Upgrades: How Top Projects Get It Done

Project Management Hacks

Governments, companies and patients around the world want better healthcare services. How Symcor’s PMO Improved Performance and Client Satisfaction. Symcor’s PMO shows that PMO processes and governance can add value! In my article, Insights from a High-Performance PMO , I explore how the organization improved their results. Sustaining production at a major oil refinery is a tremendous challenge. London Tower Bridge (Pixabay).

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Webinar Recap: How Innovation & Portfolio Management Office Underpins Corporate Success


Is it your PMO, individual project managers, or others? 55% PMO, and 45% individual project managers. Tad: Well good, clearly it is the PMO that is landing much of this, but it’s actually the innovation or strategy groups that start much of this activity. The PMO has a much higher percentage of actual traction, but the chief innovation office is new. Tad: Then specifically as a PMO, we can go back and talk about what’s the success rate of your PMO.

Becoming a Project Manager – A Complete Guide for 2018

Paymo App

The UK government developed PRINCE2, so if you’re planning on working in the UK, you might want to give this certificate a go. PRiSM (Projects integrating Sustainable Methods). If you’re a fan of sustainability, this is the method for you. Another alternative is a PMO – portfolio manager position that holds the responsibility of choosing and prioritizing future projects according to an organization’s rules and strategy.

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Radio Show Transcript - The Man Who Changed My Career - Rob Thomsett - Recorded March 23, 2018

PM That Works

00:22:00;25 - 00:24:09;02 Rob Thomsett: That change has to be sustained and accepted by the stakeholders. That is the projects are about delivering a sustained change. I wrote a book which Jordan Press published in and print and print us all in nineteen eighty called people in project management which is long out of print a very small book but it reflected the learning side had from 10 years in the federal government here in Australia are trying project managers.

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Dr. Harold Kerzner Q&A: How Changes in Project Management Are Supporting Agile and Scrum

The IIL Blog

How to benchmark business in government monopoly? What if your PMO refuses to adjust its methodology for business needs and only looks at itself first? This is why we have project sponsors and governance committees to assist in the prioritization of constraints and sometimes alternatives. Do we need to wait till we complete the project and realise the deliverable, then work on harvesting the benefits and then sustaining the values?