Author: Karl Hallgrimsson

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Your resource capacity plan must avoid this to be useful

Arguably, the most requested service provided by a Project Management Office (PMO) is to offer a resource capacity plan. Few PMO’s I have seen deliver resource capacity planning that is widely used within the organization. Why?

The simple answer is that many organizations introduce complexity within their resource capacity planning process in terms of scope and in complying with the process. A key requirement of any resource capacity planning process should be simplicity. Simplicity in terms of who complies with it and how everyone is required to comply with it.

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This is the Ultimate Prep Tool for Your Performance Review

It is the first quarter and you are likely involved in a review of your performance for the previous year. In many of the organizations I have been a part of, I have been asked to provide a self-assessment. Early in my career, this was challenging as I had to recall what I had accomplished throughout the previous year. Often, my assessments were very detailed about what occurred late in the year, but sparse in terms of how the year started. The result? I failed to give my manager the necessary direction needed to come up with the best...

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Have You Provided Leadership on a Newsworthy Project?

Part of our mission at Project Management for Today is to inspire Project Managers to change the world through our profession. This not only includes providing the multitude of articles and videos on PMforTODAY.com that provide the means for each of you to execute your projects more efficiently, but it also includes inspirational stories. We want to tell more stories where great outcomes were achieved. Behind every Moon Landing, Cure, or Technological Leap there was a Project Management Professional leading the charge. These individuals may have taken many different titles and roles, including that of a Scrum Master, a...

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Do I Need to Worry About Being Replaced by AI?

If you read or listen to the news you know that there are frequent news stories about job Displacement caused by Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Automation. These stories paint a bleak picture in the not so far off future where humans will have nothing to do in a world full of automation. Here are some examples: Huffington Post – “Robots & AI Will Likely Claim Your Job, Sooner Than You Think” (Link) CNBC – “Self-driving cars could cost America’s professional drivers up to 25,000 jobs a month, Goldman Sachs says” (Link) Brookings – “AI should worry skilled knowledge workers...

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How to Work the Work Out of Your PMO

A PMO’s success cannot be all about on-time, on-budget project execution. Certainly, these things matter, but execution can only be the foundation of a PMO’s success. Just as a house cannot be a house without a foundation, a house cannot be a house if it only has a foundation. The PMO’s success is driven by how it augments successful project execution. At Project Management for Today we talk a lot about Governance, Intake, and Operations. This article deals with Operations. I am passionate about PMO operations as I have spent much of the PMO related parts of my career...

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VIDEO – How to Build Your Fully Functional Portfolio Data Repository in Under an Hour – PART 4

This is Part 4 of a 4-Part On-Demand Video (ODV) series that details how to quickly stage a combined data set (Portfolio Data Repository) from many individual project status reports and display this data in a meaningful visual within Microsoft PowerBI. Part 1: An overview of the course scenario with a detailed overview of the project status report template used in this scenario. Part 2: An overview of the Portfolio Data Repository with a tutorial of how to configure this for auto population for each project. Part 3: An overview of the Microsoft PowerBI visual and how to configure...

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VIDEO – How to Build Your Fully Functional Portfolio Data Repository in Under an Hour – PART 3

This is Part 3 of a 4-Part On-Demand Video (ODV) series that details how to quickly stage a combined data set (Portfolio Data Repository) from many individual project status reports and display this data in a meaningful visual within Microsoft PowerBI. Part 1: An overview of the course scenario with a detailed overview of the project status report template used in this scenario. Part 2: An overview of the Portfolio Data Repository with a tutorial of how to configure this for auto population for each project. Part 3: An overview of the Microsoft PowerBI visual and how to configure...

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VIDEO – How to Build Your Fully Functional Portfolio Data Repository in Under an Hour – PART 2

This is Part 2 of a 4-Part On-Demand Video (ODV) series that details how to quickly stage a combined data set (Portfolio Data Repository) from many individual project status reports and display this data in a meaningful visual within Microsoft PowerBI. Part 1: An overview of the course scenario with a detailed overview of the project status report template used in this scenario. Part 2: An overview of the Portfolio Data Repository with a tutorial of how to configure this for auto population for each project. Part 3: An overview of the Microsoft PowerBI visual and how to configure Microsoft PowerBI to...

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VIDEO – How to Build Your Fully Functional Portfolio Data Repository in Under An Hour

  This On-Demand Video (ODV) series details how to quickly stage a combined data set from many individual project status reports and display this data in a meaningful visual within Microsoft PowerBI. Topic 1: An overview of the course scenario with a detailed overview of the project status report template used in this scenario. Topic 2: An overview of the Portfolio Data Repository with a tutorial of how to configure this for auto population for each project. Topic 3: An overview of the Microsoft PowerBI visual and how to configure Microsoft PowerBI to automatically take the data from your...

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The Game of Thrones Methodology is not for your Project

This is truly a very special time of year. Not just because Fall will soon be here and the leaves will soon be turning. Not just because football will soon be starting and I will be able to soon watch my favorite college team (Arizona State Sun Devils) and my favorite NFL team (New England Patriots). But because this is the time of year where we are at the heart of another Game of Thrones season. I love watching Game of Thrones. I love how it has developed its characters, its various settings, and the overall story. I really...

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