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6 Steps to a Successful Project Management Office

Assume you’ve been given the task of organizing a PMO for your organization. Where do you start?

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Tactical Project Management Community of Practice

Tactical Project Management Community of Practice

A few years ago, I worked for a company that sponsored a formal community of practice to promote lessons learned, best practices and improve the practice of project management. The experience was an awesome one as project managers across the company came together to share real world techniques to help each other’s projects to improve. […]

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Establish a Project Management Community of Practice

Establishing a project management community of practice (COP) requires a modest amount of effort, but if you follow these steps, you’ll have your first community of practice meeting within a few weeks. The steps are neither complex nor time-consuming, but they do require some planning to ensure a successful community of practice launch.   Step […]

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Too Many Project Management Templates

Does your project management methodology hinder rather than enable project delivery? At first glance, this question may offend rather than provoke critical thought. After all, a PM methodology is supposed to ensure work is completed using a disciplined, proven set of processes to ensure consistent and reliable project results. If a PM methodology is supposed […]

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Promoting the Project Management Office

New project management offices often face skepticism and outright resistance, especially in organizations lacking project management maturity. Here are five actions that emerging PMOs should take to communicate their purpose and functions, and a downloadable template to get started. As a project management office is established, change management, communication and marketing efforts are required to […]

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PMO Handbook

Creating a PMO Handbook

Learn how to create and organize a PMO Handbook for your project management office

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PMO Issues – Does a PMO Help or Hinder?

In theory, project management offices and project managers work together to deliver value to the organization in a consistent manner. In practice, PMOs and project managers can step on each other’s toes in a clash between results and processes which create their own set of pmo issues. Here are five best practices for how the […]

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Project Management Office Example - Revised

Project Management Office Example

A recent Google search on “project management office” revealed about three quarters of a million commercial links providing consulting products, tools and expertise for PMOs. Many of these links offer methods and theories for managing PMOs, but few provide insight into an actual PMO in action. Following the first installment in this series (PMO Functions […]

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PMO Functions Explained

The PMO Form and Function The project management office (PMO) often emerges as a construct to manage the project portfolio as a company’s project management maturity increases. The PMO may sit at different levels in the organization and provide a variety of functions to a program, organization, or an enterprise. Before organizations implement a PMO, […]

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