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

The Outsourced PMO

by Andy Jordan

An organization running a fully outsourced PMO?! Crazy talk, right? Not so fast. Read on for a case study of an unusual PMO model--and what all PMOs can learn from it.

Executing

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.

The PMO as Enablers

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Think that's a bad word? Think again. The role of the Project Management Office can be a difficult thing to describe or nail down, but in the end the PMO should be enabling everybody else to do their jobs--and do them well.

Controlling

The Case for the Chief Project Officer

by Andy Jordan

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.

The PMO Health Check

by Rob Saxon

A program management office’s “health” may be similar to our own in that with a few measurements, we can get a sense of the state of the PMO. In this article, we look at a PMO’s health in relation to time reporting, budgeting and project reporting. By periodically measuring the relative efficacy of these three areas, we might begin to get a sense of a PMO’s overall health.

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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