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?
In Part 1, we looked at the rise of Project Management Organizations and the need to improve project success rates. Here, we will explore the expectations and what is required to create a sustainable and effective PMO.
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?
Project Management Offices often fall short of expectations. Here we look at the root causes for failing projects and how mature PMOs can improve project efficiency and effectiveness--and significantly reduce project delivery costs.
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?
Is the new trend to create Enterprise Project Management Offices resulting in too much separation between decision making and execution--and if so, what can be done about that? How do we maintain and strengthen relationships between an EPMO and the PMs that it relies on to succeed?
It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to planning for the next year. What should PMOs focus on when building their business plan? Let’s explore this in terms of the process that a PMO leader should go through in building the business plan rather than identifying specific goals and objectives that might not apply to an individual scenario.
Do you ever wonder how far to go with formal documentation on a given project? PMBOK gives us an extensive set for project management standards from which to draw, but we don’t always choose to apply the full extent of these standards to every project--nor would it be appropriate to do so. Meet Project Sizing...
Assuming you don’t have a PMO, do you think you have what it takes to create one? There are many reasons to think that having a project management office is a great idea, but you should put a little soul searching into the effort to really determine if you're ready for it.
As organizations look to improve their performance, they often consider establishing a Project Management Office. The idea of creating a PMO is one thing; the actual implementation of it is entirely another. Taking a step-by-step approach and following some critical guidelines will help ensure your PMO’s chances for success.
When the organizational environment is out of alignment with what the PMO believes it needs to achieve, how can you manage for success? One PM's struggle can hopefully provide lessons that will resonate with you as ways to improve your own efforts.
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.
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?
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.
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!
It may not always be apparent, but the goals of the Project Management Office and agile teams are well aligned. Both groups want to get to the same destination, but things often come adrift as soon as the best direction to travel is discussed. It doesn't have to be that way...
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.
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.
"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."