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Defining

The PMO: An Organization’s 'Problem Child'?

by Andy Jordan

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?

Initiating

How to Run a Small PMO

by Elizabeth Harrin

You don’t have to be a big firm to have a PMO. Even small teams benefit from taking a high-level view of the portfolio.

Helping Your PMO Help You

by Mike Griffiths

For agile teams, a traditional PMO can seem to Present Many Obstacles--but it does not need to be that way. With some alignment and time invested, they can be useful advocates.

Planning

Have We Reached Peak PMO?

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

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?

A Hierarchy of PMOs?

by Andy Jordan

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?

Executing

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.

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.

Controlling

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.

Brewing Effective PMO Communications

by Chi-Pong Wong

Status sharing is key to PMO success, and newsletters have become the favorite transmission for managers to stay on top of milestones. Get help with your communications using TEAPOT--every PMO chef’s magic potion.

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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