Project Management

Conducting a PMO Health Check (Part 4)

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

To help you in performing a PMO health check, the approach in Part 1 of this series has been laid out in a worksheet (partially seen below). It can be used “as is” or tailored to your liking.

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; and Part 3 looked at the Project Planning section.

We now continue with the Project Execution & Oversight segment. 

PMO Health Check: Project Execution & Oversight

1. At a minimum, weekly/biweekly progress reports are produced. They provide progress against planned work, the complications encountered, the remedies being implemented, any recommendations for changing course and the commitment to what will be accomplished by the end of the reporting period.

Project status reporting does not have to be complicated; it just needs to deliver a concise, understandable and accurate account of where the project is related to where it should be; where issues exist; and how they will be resolved in a way that keeps the project on course or will change the trajectory of the project going forward. This is why it’s prudent for the PMO to generate an …

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