Lessons Learned Workshop

Stop Facilitating Lessons Learned Workshop Sessions

Project teams should simply stop conducting post-mortems and stop wasting time facilitating lessons learned workshops. When I first heard these words I thought it would’ve been considered blasphemy to the PMBOK editorial staff. Undoubtedly the Project Management Institute would revoke PMP certifications on the spot if they found the speaker (ahem…culprit) uttering such nonsense. To […]

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project transition to operations

Project Transition to Operations

Have you ever struggled with supporting a newly deployed application while managing subsequent releases? Have you ever had problems with project transition to operations? Enterprise projects and programs often have multiple releases to various countries and business units. Project teams run the risk of becoming lost in transition when the initial release is not properly […]

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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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project management templates

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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project control book

Project Control Book

The project control book is a simple, often overlooked tool that helps you keep track of critical project documents, status, issues and other action items. It can go a long way to improving stakeholder communications, be it a formal meeting or random encounter. Here’s how to set up and maintain a good one.   What’s […]

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promote the pmo

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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IT Portfolio Management Framework

IT Portfolio Management Framework

The roots of a portfolio management process model can be found in W. Edwards Deming’s quality management cycle of Plan, Do, Check and Act. In the 1950s, Deming proposed a process model where business processes are reviewed continually to identify improvements. The Plan phase designed new or revised existing processes to improve business results. The […]

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