Category: Process Improvement

How You Can Give a “Bump-Up” To People

You can surely make a difference in other people’s lives who do not understand what Project Management is and is not. Being an instructor for a non-profit organization is one way. Project Management can transcend from what you do in your business life to people in need and can be used to support them in ways beyond your wildest expectations.

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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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What is the Helium Stick and Why Does It Matter?

I’ve been through a few team building exercises in my day. Most team building activities become punchlines during water cooler conversations in the office. Did sitting on each other’s laps during the fabled “Trust Circle” improve your team’s performance? Right, didn’t think so. That’s just one example.

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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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Warning: High Time You Should Discard Using Emails & Start Using PM Tool

Troubled by long email chains? That’s obvious. They are one of the most useful ways to communicate important project details with your clients and teammates, no doubt. But they are responsible for:

1. Losing track of client updates.
2. Losing track of important files and documents.
3. Losing track of time while sorting through mails.
The scenario indicates that it’s about time you moved ahead.

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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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How to promote the best Governance for Operational Excellence?

Aligning Strategy and Execution The strategic focus of an organization is to deliver recurring...

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