Resource management for programs
Is resource management the greatest challenge in multi-project environments? Effective resource management continues to be a challenge for many programs, with availability being the number one resource selection criteria.
Understanding the program management office
Is the program management office stuck between portfolios and projects, or the glue that holds everything together?
What is the difference between a project and program management office? The answer is in the nature of programs and projects.
The difference between project and program management
The Project was in trouble. Established to deliver vital business transformation through the implementation of a revitalised end-to-end IT system, The Project was several months behind schedule, and well over budget. Worse still, there was scant light at the end of the tunnel. Pressure was on to deliver or heads were going to roll, and stress inside the project team was high.
Choosing a PMO toolkit
Theoretically at least, a good project manager should only need a pencil and paper to control his or her project. Anyone with memories of the ‘good old days’, calculating a 1,000-task CPM network by hand, would probably dispute this and remember their joy at discovering project management software.
The changing face of portfolio management
Change is here to stay. Not so long ago, the accepted wisdom was that organisations would introduce change, stop and consolidate, then gear up to change again. Change was a disruption to normal. Today, organisations are in a state of constant change or “permanent whitewater” as leadership development expert Peter Vaille termed it. Today, ‘normal’ […]
Program management education – where are we now?
Education in program management is currently provided through both vocational and postgraduate academic programs, leading to recognised qualifications. This is predominantly provided by organisations with courses and programs accredited by either or both of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and Project Management Institute (PMI). The relevant vocational qualification is an Advanced Diploma of […]
Delivering value in a PMO
The phone call from the finance department went something like: “Geoff, the program seems likely to spend its entire budget for this financial year. Does that seem right to you?”; “Yes, we’re delivering great value for money, aren’t we?” Click. It seems that the financial folk had formed a habit of reserving only half of […]
Disaster management for project managers
Disasters, emergencies, crises—call them what you will, but there’s no doubt adverse situations need their own special treatment. If you think a disaster situation would be the perfect fit for a project manager looking for the thrill of a high pressure role, perhaps it would be wise to take a look at what disaster management […]
Project management education, more than training
During a regular catch up, the executive sponsor and the PMO manager were discussing ways to get more improvements in project delivery capability. “I think better education across the company of how projects deliver on strategy will have a significant impact,” said the PMO manager. “Well, we’ve put a lot of your staff through project […]