PMOs are a relatively modern phenomenon. The earliest known maps include cave drawings from around 16,500BC and even older maps inscribed on mammoth tusks. That's a lot of Lessons Learned that PMOs can draw knowledge from! In this article we explore what PMO people and Cartographers have in common, and what we can learn from the pioneers of map making.Read More
Thanks to the growing number of CRM systems with API interfaces, and messaging systems such as Slack that positively embrace the use of bots, more and more simple tasks can be automated. PMOs should be taking advantage.Read More
How many times have you bemoaned the erratic, irrational and illogical decisions that have been made, causing projects to deliver late, dependencies to be missed and seemingly disparate projects to clash? Cogitative Biases effect projects deliver and PMO success. But they can be mitigated and controlled. Here are six to watch out for.Read More
The US Senate has unanimously approved the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. PMI are pretty excited about the bill - they have been vocal about their endorsement of the bill. But what does it mean for Project Management professionals?Read More
The problem with lessons learned reports is that they are usually sterilized to the point of being meaningless.
Call3 is a new way of sharing lessons with a simple premise: When project managers initiate new projects, they must call three nominated people and have a 30 minute conversation with them about the project.Read More
We are in an age where we can (and do) gather increasing amounts or data about our organizations, projects, suppliers, markets and people. These sources could be used to make better data-driven decisions about how we deliver projects and seek to extract value from them. But despite the obvious potential, few PMOs have made progress with tapping into this pool of data.Read More
We understand. You have multiple competing projects and no simple way of assessing the risks and benefits associated with each. Without this view, how can you decide which projects should go ahead? How do you decide which need more (or less) support from the PMO? This template will help.Read More
Struggling to keep track of your projects portfolio? This simple tracker will help - and its 100% cheaper than a PPM tool! The template allows you to keep track of the % work complete and spend vs budget across a portfolio of projects. Dynamic bars show at a glance whether projects are behind or ahead of schedule, whilst a handy '$$$' indicator keeps track of how fast the project is burning through its budget allocation.Read More
Looking around, there are lots of courses that could not only help PMO professionals in terms of their personal development, but could help the organizations they work for too. Here are some online courses and ideas that may be worth adding to your training and development plan for 2017.Read More
When delivering within fixed iterations to high standards of quality, the only thing you can flex is the scope. Combining the simplicity or MoSCoW with the customer-centric view that Kano provides, gives us a powerful lexicon with which to explore the mix of requirements we are delivering and make effective decisions.Read More
You could argue that if there was one single thing that you would expect PMOs to be good at, it would be Metrics. After all, PMOs often exalt the mantra that 'the PMO is the single voice of truth!'.
But PMO analysts seem to be far less savvy about the metrics that are important in agile environments. Well never fear - we've pulled together the definitive collection of Agile Metrics for your performance indicating pleasure...Read More
PMOs are amazing repositories of data. But what good is our data if it sits, languishing in spreadsheets or PPM tools? Data is there to help us understand what's going on. By making that data visual, we make it easier to see patterns in the data.Read More