Conducting a PMO Health Check (Part 3)
To further assist in the health check process, this series continues with an examination of the rationale as to why each statement within each dimension is deemed to represent a healthy practice. In Part 2, we looked at the statements in Section 1 of the PMO Health Check Worksheet: Project Portfolio Management. We now continue with the Project Planning segment.
PMO Health Check: Project Planning
1. Projects plans are adaptive and calibrated based on project complexity, duration and depth and breadth of resources required.
One of the mistakes PMOs make, in the name of standardization and consistency, is to create one-size-fits-all standards as to how projects are planned, planned, reported on, etc. The savvy PMO subscribes to an adaptive approach that provides standards and processes based on a project’s complexity, duration and mission criticality. This helps prevent bureaucracy creep and keeps professional judgment and flexibility in the mix of thinking.
Blind compliance to rigid standards breeds poor performance. The question the PMO should always be seeking to answer is this: How small of a process, investment, resource allocation and documentation
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