Surviving project change
A significant organisational change event such as a merger, acquisition or change in CEO can have a dramatic impact on existing business projects, especially those tagged ‘discretionary spend’. These types of changes present numerous professional and personal challenges to the project manager.
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.
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’ […]
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 […]
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 […]
Finding the gaps in project management
In less than two decades project management has developed from a body of knowledge to aspiring to become a profession. But where is it now? Where is it going? How will it get there? How has project management emerged in organisations and been affected by their evolution? Projects carried out in organisations—such as organisational changes […]
PMOs in Asia: The New Frontier
Project management is moving through Asia with the speed and tenacity of a raging bushfire. I have recently been working my way through Singapore, Hong Kong and Mainland China talking with organisations from several different industries about their PMOs and their attitudes towards project management in general. The vibe as I moved through Asia was […]