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How to Start an Analytics Organization: People vs Technology

I was flattered when I was recently asked how I would build up an Analytics capability within a medium-sized business that was just about to kick off operations. This particular organization had nothing in place. Whoever oversaw putting this organization together was truly starting from scratch.

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What Are Communication Channels and Why Do They Matter?

As project managers, perhaps our biggest value-add is the fact that we set up a Communications Plan to regulate the flow of communication throughout a project’s life cycle. Scheduled internal and external status calls, weekly executive reports, informal 1:1 meetings, agreed-upon standards for client communication, and other tools and techniques allow us to be plugged in to everything going on within a project’s universe.

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3 Essential Keys for a project status in a PMO

To achieve proper project management, an essential issue is how we should report the status of our projects to Senior Management and / or the Steering Committee (which may include the PMO leader, the PMOfficer, the sponsor, to the directive council, to the steering committee, to the CIO of the organization even if it is a corporate pmo at the project portfolio level to the CEO of the company)

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March Madness is Here – Will Your Project Bracket Win?

Can you feel it in the air? Do you sense it in the wind? There’s a whisper out there building in strength, building into the annual crescendo that it always aspires to be. A battle is coming. Many will compete, yet only a few will survive. We fill our brackets with the names of the contenders who we feel are the most deserving. And we strive to be standing firm at the end of the tournament. March Madness has arrived, but if you’re thinking this is a basketball analogy, you’re mistaken. It’s time to get funding for this year’s projects and you better have your program and portfolio brackets together because the battle is about to begin.  

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PMO vs. Agile: Can’t we all just get along?

This article is a thoughtful look at the ways that Agile project implementation and the PMO can work together to create ever-higher IMPACT for an organization by leveraging the best of both worlds. We can leverage the PMO construct and team to handle many of the services that an organization requires to oversee an entire project portfolio, build competencies, manage tools and resources, and keep stakeholders engaged and effective through the change process. The project teams are then freed up to have a laser-focus on project delivery, using the best mechanisms for creating return on investment for each project undertaken.

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