Defining

The Strategic PMO: What About the PMs?

by Andy Jordan

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?

Business-Focused PMOs

by Jiju (Jay) Nair, PMP

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?

Initiating

Why Sponsors Don’t Want to be Sponsors...and What to Do About It

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

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?

Planning

Managing Quality in a Program Management Plan (Part 2)

by Joe Wynne

Working on the program level, quality management becomes complex because of differing elements being measured and differing criteria. A Program Management Plan with a quality management section can fit the bill. In the concluding installment, we look at how you can guide this complexity.

Managing Quality in a Program Management Plan (Part 1)

by Joe Wynne

Working on the program level, quality management becomes complex because of differing elements being measured and differing criteria. A program management plan with a quality management section can fit the bill.

Executing

Growing a PMO in an Operationally Focused Organization

by Andy Jordan

How does a PMO succeed when the organization isn’t focused on projects? Our writer shares an experience working with an organization in the position of not only needing an IT PMO that has more formal structure and communicates well with the business at large, but also in need of formal project execution in other business areas.

Fix PMO Problems...and Accelerate Your Career

by Joe Wynne

When your project progress comes to a halt due to problems that affect multiple projects, use these steps to help the PMO remedy the situation--and show yourself as a successful, valuable project manager despite having a project with problems.

Controlling

Impact of Cloud services and virtualization of PMOs

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

In today’s day and age, access to information and mobility are key to success, and traditional project management processes need to be enhanced to facilitate this. This webinar is an overview of how cloud services will enable the PMO to virtualize and operate more efficiently.

How to Take Your PMO to the next Level

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

Get to know PMI’s 2013 “PMO of the Year” as they share lessons learned in their evolution from Start Up to Best in Class. Leadership from Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) will highlightthe PMO Maturity Model; leveraging technology to achieve transparency and governance; and the benefit of industry metrics for benchmarking

Closing

Project Closeout Survey Template

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What is the most neglected phase of a project? Get help with your closeout survey using this template in combination with one of the many online survey tools available. The survey is easy to implement, repeatable, customizable, anonymous and valuable for getting better at what we do.

Developing an Effective Closeout Survey

by Mike Tressler, MBA, PMP

Given the fast-paced environment within which most project managers operate, it is only natural that the closeout phase of the project lifecycle is often addressed in a rush. A closeout survey using one of the many tools available today is one approach to consider.

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