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Why is Data Analytics important to PMOs

Trends in big data and business analytics are growing year on year.   Project Management and PMOs need to stay up with trends to maintain and increase performance from projects.  Data analytics is at the core of changing the way PMOs can add value. Where to capture data Using data to change the way projects

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Thoughts on Risk Assessment

Thoughts on Risk Assessment

All projects have risks in some form.  As a project manager you should have a clear assessment of the risk involved in your project.  But although most project management best practices recommend a clear risk assessment of some form at the planning stage of a project; many do not achieve

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Resource Management

Why is it resource and not people management

Getting resource management under control is a key element of any project.  Projects rarely complain that they have too many resources.  But is resource management only about people; that being the case why not call it people management or staff management.  Most project management functions seem to treat resource management

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Project Costs

Managing Project costs with your Schedule

It is very common that project managers keep the tasks schedule and project costs in different tools.  But this leads to additional work to track the project.  As well as possible mismatch between your task status and the cost profile. In this post we will discuss recording costs in Microsoft Project, but

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Projects can learn from nature

What projects can learn from nature

With the return of David Attenborough to our screens in another excellent wildlife series “Dynasties” we can see how brutal the natural world can be.  The Chimp “David” trying to maintain his role at the top of his troop, and then this week the trials that penguins suffer on an annual

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What is a PMO

What is a PMO

PMO is used as a universal term in relation to the support of Portfolios, Programmes and Projects.  What is a PMO can give a range of answers depending who you ask. There are a wide spectrum of views on what a PMO should be and do.  Organisations vary greatly in how

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Agile project with no Plan

Does Agile mean no Plan

A common misconception is that the agile approach to projects means no planning and no documentation and control by the team.  Does Agile mean no plan?  Certainly not, but it will mean a different approach to your planning.  Bad management of an agile project means anarchy.  But on the other extreme a bad approach to

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Project baseline

Making more of your baseline

As in battle the first casualty of a project is the plan.  Very few, if any, projects complete on time.  The original pattern of work is likely to vary..  The use of baseline is a simple concept that is underutilised by many project managers.   There is a surprising volume of projects that

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Project management services

Over Fifty with Shades of Grey

As a part of a group of professionals who are over fifty and looking to change their work focus we face challenges of a changing world of work that is in many ways reluctant to change.  We have decades of experience in varied aspects of project and change management.  As individuals we have been exposed

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Essential Project Management Skills

Essential Project Management Skills

Good project management is a blend of skills.  No one has the perfect blend.  The ideal combination will vary between projects and organisations.  But all project managers should have a key set of core skill areas.  Here we attempt to suggest the essential elements that will provide the best benefit. Leadership

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Project team

Building your project team

As a project manager whether you are new to managing projects or a season pro: a core early challenge you will face, is forming the project team. In many instances you may not get to pick the team, having the team presented to you as a done deal, though many of the

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BREXIT impact on projects

BREXIT and the Project Log Jam

As the transition period for BREXIT gets close so will the pressures on project teams increase. What will be the BREXIT effect on your Projects. With organisations delaying some key change on the basis of being more certain what transition will bring means that in Late 2018 and early 2019 there

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Top Posts

SharePoint as a PMO tool

SharePoint when used correctly can be a useful and productive collaboration tool.  It can allow projects and programmes to manage and share data while controlling their own access and security.   A mistake many organisations make when moving to SharePoint is using it as simply a shared drive. SharePoint can of

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Do you get the most from your RAID log

All projects should have some form of RAID Log. (Usually covering Risks, Assumptions, Issues and Dependencies).  The default tool seems to be a spreadsheet, usually Microsoft Excel.  Another common theme is that RAID logs are populated at the beginning of the project and the rate of maintenance drops as the

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Becoming a data driven PMO

PMOs that collate data across all projects in their portfolio have a wealth of information. This can help to form the foundation of a data driven PMO.  Identifying key additional data that allows meaningful analysis is key to progress.  Going on to use this pool to establish how well projects

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5 Ways to Improve Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder engagement becomes increasingly important in all areas of business life.  Projects need to work closely with people to succeed.  But how can you expect the project team to meet all the demands of their stakeholder engagement expectations.   Agreeing a common understanding of stakeholder engagement Each group, and sometimes

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