The next generation of IT leaders are being faced with suggestions that their organizations implement an Enterprise PMO--bringing all project execution functions under one umbrella. It's a nightmare for many a CIO, but Enterprise is a good thing--not a loss of control.
Big Data has become a hot topic these days. In fact, some are calling it “sexy”. So what does this all mean? Even more importantly, will this emerging trend have an impact on the PMO and its role in the organization?
Operating at the executive level creates a conundrum of perception and political challenges for the Enterprise Project Management Office over and above those faced by departmental PMOs. Looking to establish an EPMO? Why not take a few notes from marketing on how to position your unit in the organization for sustainable success?
Do C-level executives make arbitrary decisions to kill PMOs? Alarming as this idea may seem, many organizations nowadays are building up a track record in terminating the services of their PMOs right after kicking the tires.
PMOs can add significant value to an organization and be vital to the overall success of enterprise initiatives. But bloated processes and burdensome administrative overhead often lead to a fatigued delivery model. MIDOL to the rescue!
If we assume that most people want to do meaningful work--and that these people also find their ways into PMO roles--value should theoretically come out the other side. That this does not occur suggests there is something wrong about how we are defining what PMOs should do, the functions that they should perform or the manner in which those functions are being delivered.
Guidance provided by the PMO must be accessible and relevant. To really make your repository come alive, integrate social media. These critical steps will help with an upgrade or with establishing your first repository.
The tasks the project management office are faced with can be daunting, so it may be helpful to keep a few basic tenets in mind. To set up your PMO for success, your best bet is to play it S.A.F.E., and play to win.
In order to successfully implement and manage a project management office, one must first define what the office is. Sounds simple, right?
Want your PMO to survive the current 50% rate of failure? Want the value your PMO delivers to be self-evident? Then align it with the organization’s strategies, goals and objectives--and become an integral part of the planning process.
To fully appreciate the value of the Project Management Office, you need to look at how projects were run before the PMO.
If so many PMOs are seen as lacking in value by both the organization and the PMs that they support, then their days are numbered. So what’s the problem? Here we provide some ways to identify the trouble spots...and how to fix them.
The best method to combat dysfunction is to make sure the PMO is working together as a team, but this can become difficult. Here are some ideas for keeping the PMO working together like a well-oiled machine instead of slowing down the work of the entire organization with conflict and a meaningless layer of management.
Every organization goes through constant change. It is anticipating that change and adopting current methods and practices that will maximize value and success.
As we continue our PMP workout, we look at the Project Time Management knowledge area--which involves six processes that interact with each other and are described as discrete and sequential, but in reality may overlap.
Adoption of a Program Management Office is not a decision that should be made quickly or taken lightly. Careful preparation, clear alignment with organization objectives and stakeholder feedback are critical to a PMO’s success.
Many PMOs do not fully understand their role within the larger enterprise. What can PMOs do to improve lackluster performance and increase the return on investment? Let’s look at a few of the emerging trends for PMOs to help answer that question...
Organizations that take project governance for granted are headed for a fall. There is one area where governance seems to be failing in many organizations, and it's perhaps surprising--the PMO. That is incredibly dangerous, and here’s why...
Major project failure can happen to anyone. What’s important is to make sure that the organization can recover from such a situation, and that requires both advance planning (it’s too late to start planning the recovery when the disaster has already happened) and strong execution. Is your PMO prepared?
One of the primary roles of the PMO is to provide a framework for ensuring proper governance over projects. Here we look at some of the obstacles and challenges facing the PMO governance function--and some tips for overcoming them.
The PMO must have an easy time of annual planning, right? It's a service function that provides resources based on the overall project portfolio, and the organization determines which projects to approve. Based on those decisions, the PMO knows how it needs to adjust its resource model. But life’s not quite that simple...
Can you start a PMO without being sure whether you will keep it, or do you have to commit up front? Can you treat the PMO itself as a project, and only commit to ongoing funding once the results of an initial set of tasks are known? The answers aren't so easy...
We all know that process improvement is important, but who should deliver it? Whoever owns a process should also be accountable for the improvement of it--and when we are talking about PM processes, that frequently means the PMO.
Whatever the approach, mandate or processes adopted by each organization, you as the PM should be aware of the following best practices and ensure that they are adopted in one way or the other to guarantee your project’s financial transparency.