Absentee sponsors are a significant problem within the project landscape. Finding a good project sponsor has always been hard. Finding any project sponsor, however, often feels like it is becoming almost impossible. What has happened that has led us to this predicament? And just what should we do about it?
Project sponsors are more than just a project’s main cheerleader. They might have the largest stake in the project’s success. Let’s re-examine what project sponsors do, what their roles and responsibilities are--and how PMs can leverage them to promote project success.
It is a practical approach to understanding why decisions are so complex and what can be done about it. In order to create the combination between top-down problem decisions (waterfall-like approaches) and local problem decisions (agile-project approach), here are three practical guidelines.
Is the Chief Information Officer the right person within an organization to take on the role of Chief Innovation Officer (CINO)? The answer to that question is, “It depends.” Specifically, it depends on the answer to a few questions...
The common problem that has haunted endless PMOs is their inability to become credible partners with the businesses that they support. How can PMOs manage to come out on top delivering results that businesses can understand and incorporate into their strategic roadmap?
What can PMOs do to improve their success rate and increase return on investment? A redefined vision of project management is essential. To effectively demonstrate their value, PMOs must evolve to meet the challenges of a dynamic business environment.
In recent years, more visionary organizations have made their PMOs more strategic, giving them greater accountability for business-critical functions. But where does that leave the more tactical support that PMs used to enjoy from the PMO?
Sometimes, the definition of the “P” in PMO is elusive. To effectively build, maintain and evolve a PMO, however, we have to be very clear about what this letter means. Approaching the definition with specific goals in mind can help us to put together a world-class organization.
The more this writer talks to people about their PMOs, the more apparent it becomes that organizations frequently don’t know what to do with them--and he's not sure why that's a problem. Why do so many PMO “problem children” exist?
With over half of companies using a blended agile and waterfall approach to development, it’s critical to be aware of how an agile approach affects planning and alignment with the overall business strategy. Here are the most common challenges in enterprise agile development--and some tips for how smart companies are navigating the new landscape.
The average lifespan of a PMO from inception to demise is approximately two years. That raises numerous questions regarding the purpose and relevance of PMOs. Those questions, however, can probably summed up with one general one: Have we reached peak PMO?
If an organization is to ever realize the value a PMO can deliver, it needs to think outside the IT PMO box and become a business-driven PMO--one that is driven by the strategic goals and objectives of the organization. When this happens, the impact of projects are more dramatic and the IT components of projects are viewed in the proper context.
Many organizations are looking at a PMO hierarchy--a single, central EPMO that aligns with the portfolio and defines corporate-wide strategy, paired with departmental-level PMOs that are modified versions of the distributed PMO model that organizations are more familiar with. In this article, we look at some of the considerations necessary to build an effective two-tier model.
How does a company get the best return from the money it spends on projects? It’s a question that very many executives would like to know the answer to. Helping to find an answer to that question is one of the more important goals of Project Portfolio Management.
If there is one thing almost guaranteed to make a project manager cringe, it's the idea of having to give a presentation to the executive or board of their organization. What is an executive-level audience looking for from its presentations, and how can you develop and deliver an effective presentation with confidence and credibility?
Your ability to properly anticipate risk executives’ needs and involve them into the management of your projects will set you apart from those who do not have this ability. These tips covering justification, communication, vendor selection and more will help you build this important skill.
Projects are becoming more strategic, why isn’t project leadership? The argument for the CPO is becoming stronger and stronger, so let's consider the case for an executive responsible for project execution.
What does a project manager most need from their executive sponsor to secure the success of their project? And what distinguishes the best executive sponsors from their C-level peers when it comes to achieving project success? How do they do that? More importantly, what is it that they do that makes such a difference?
Projects need to be properly re-evaluated for appropriate reprioritization, but in many cases that isn’t happening in an optimal fashion. Return impacts need to be accounted for when new and existing projects are paired against each other during project selection.
There has been a struggle to understand what CEOs are truly looking for in a CIO. Do they want a business professional that understands how to lead and manage an IT group, or do they want an IT wizard? The answer might surprise you.
Every project has stakeholders. Your job is to get to know the ones who will be crucial to your project. This analysis worksheet will help you get a feel for what to expect from various key parties who have an interest in your project.
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"