Category: PDU – Technical

Perfecting the Art of Better Business Requirements

Ever wonder what it takes to gather good business requirements? Well, sometimes the answer is the person who knows nothing about the product. This article discussed how sometimes the person who is not the subject matter expert can actually get to the heart of the requirements.

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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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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 Staffing Models

Many PMO Managers struggle with understanding what resources they need in their organization. Some PMO managers fill their orgs with contractors only, some with all employees, some actually use both. It is most common for PMO managers to use both, basically following what most companies do across the organization.

Well, this is a pretty common question I get asked and I often point people to my PMO book “The Tactical Guide for Building a PMO”. But, I am not going to do that today, I am going to pull some of the secrets from the book on PMO Staffing.

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