Top 5 of 2017

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This title expresses precisely how I feel each time a project manager or PMO leader tells me a story about their frustrations encountered while trying to create effective and sustainable change, build (or fix) a PMO or deliver projects successfully. I always think to myself…I wish I knew then what I know now. I’ve made it my mission to share with you everything that I have learned while creating change and building PMOs in both large and small organizations for the last 20 years. Change isn’t easy, but it CAN be done and done well without pulling your hair out! Projects can achieve their intended outcomes leading to satisfied stakeholders. PMOs can become an integral part of your organization's high-impact outcomes. The keys to my success and what I've seen in others is not necessarily what you think. You won't find the answers in the project implementation methodology. The answer is not in the templates you use. It's in how you engage with people and bring them through the process with you. Do change with them, not to them. I’m hoping these articles help you along your journey as you continue to evolve and develop skills and techniques to be the high-impact leader you are meant to be. Please let me know what you think and how I can support you along your journey. Found out more at

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It’s always fascinating to go back through the numbers and data and determine where the biggest IMPACT was made. This is especially true when approaching a benchmark such as the new year. My team and I took a look at all of the data sources on social media and the IMPACT site to determine which resources users just like you, used the most. 

You will notice, the word "resources" instead of articles. As we dug deeper into the numbers, we found that it isn't just the articles we put out that were heavily used, but also some of the tools and templates we have available. Here are the top 5 resources from 2017:

  1. What is a PMO and do I need one? This article is the. most. popular. across the board, and if you take a look you will see why. This article covers the benefits, areas of support, and potential deliverables to help you and your organization determine if a PMO is right for you. I even dive into what to watch for in case your PMO is in trouble.
  2. Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders As PMs and PMOs we are in the people business, we are managing change with people. And you are well aware, that people can either have a positive or a negative IMPACT on a project. In this article, I go into 8 very simple steps to manage stakeholders (both positive and negative).
  3. IMPACT Inner Circle Membership Site  Have you ever thought, wouldn't it be nice to get all the information, resources, tools, templates, training (PDUs!) I need in one place? You have found it. The IMPACT Inner Circle helps you transform your organization to drive high-value outcomes, and provides you immediate actions, plans and new solutions to your toughest challenges. I encourage you to check out our flexible membership options.
  4. Top 10 Mistakes PMO/PM Leaders Make (and how to fix them) In this popular article, I dive into the top 10 mistakes I see happening every day and exactly how to fix them, fast. I built my first PMO in the 90's and the truth is that I had no idea what I was doing! BUT, I had a Get. It. Done. attitude and a desire to learn and boy did I learn! A lot. I made a lot of mistakes and I learned a thing or two over the following two decades of putting PMOs and PM best practices in place. You will find the solution in this article. (And for a more in-depth look, I recently did a training over the Top 10 Mistakes PMO/PM Leaders make, you can get that here.)

  5. One Page Executive Dashboard (2 PDUs) In this most popular and IMPACTful course, I share practical and immediately applicable techniques to give you the tools you need to start using right away in your organization! In addition to real-world guidance, you finish the course understanding exactly what you need to tell them and how, learn how to get your B.L.U.F. (Bottom Line Up Front) right, determine what information should be presented, and leverage color and symbols to help executives focus.

As you move through the holiday weeks, and you are doing your own assessment of the IMPACT that you have driven over the last 12 months, I hope that you will check into these resources and see how they can help to transform the IMPACT your career and organization makes in 2018.

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Thanks for posting these resources, I appreciate it.

This a great list of resources. Thanks Laura.

Thank you Laura for an update on what IMPACT is offering.

Out of the above 5, 'How to deal with [difficult] Stakeholders' is my favorite and the most beneficial to me from a resource perspective. Thank you, Laura. Happy Holiday's. Look forward to what you will share with us in 2018!

Very interesting, Thank you!

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