Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:52:57 GMT I wish I had me when I was you... https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/363254/I-wish-I-had-me-when-I-was-you--- "I wish I had me when I was you..." That 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 24 years, many of those years as an employee in the "hot seat" responsible for building internal capability. 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. Learn more at ImpactbyLaura.com Becoming a Customer-Centric PMO https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/41040/Becoming-a-Customer-Centric-PMO Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:00:00 GMT As we get into the thick of building and running a PMO, we often get caught up in the templates and process or figuring out how we are going to get all the projects delivered. We fight with a never-ending scenario of not enough (time, resources, funding, etc.) and must delicately balance all the com... 10 Steps to Ensure Project Rescue Success https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/36968/10-Steps-to-Ensure-Project-Rescue-Success Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT It can be a sticky situation to rescue a project that is struggling to meet the business needs. Here are some quick tips on how to ensure that the process is as productive as possible and you get that project back on track quickly. Be sure to avoid the blame game, but know how you got here. ... Things to Stop Doing to Be High-IMPACT https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/36967/Things-to-Stop-Doing-to-Be-High-IMPACT Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT At the start of each year, many of us make our to-do list of things we want to accomplish. On that list, we often put many professional goals or areas we are hoping to grow in the new year. We start the year all excited with our lists and then…reality happens.  Other priorities get in th... The Big Credibility Differentiator https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/36966/The-Big-Credibility-Differentiator Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:00:01 GMT We’ve all been there. We make a commitment to do so something for someone (or for ourselves) and then life gets in the way and it just doesn’t happen. I’m having one of those days today. There are good reasons that I didn’t get things done like I wanted to, but if I’m n... Did You Know That Project Management Can Change The World? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/36965/Did-You-Know-That-Project-Management-Can-Change-The-World- Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:00:01 GMT Business leaders: Have you ever wondered the real value of the Project Management profession? Project managers: Are you a project manager who knows darn well your value and wishes others would see just how valuable you are? Are you sick of having your entire career called the ac... Quick Tip: Stop Calling Yourself a Project Manager https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/36963/Quick-Tip--Stop-Calling-Yourself-a-Project-Manager Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT For too long now, we’ve been calling ourselves project managers, prescribing to the belief system that our project success is defined by how well we manage the triple constraint. We and the success of our projects are often determined by measuring whether we meet the scope, within the prescrib... Focus Driven Change: Change Management Lessons from Ordinary Life https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/36961/Focus-Driven-Change--Change-Management-Lessons-from-Ordinary-Life Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:00:01 GMT I was recently asked to speak at my son’s school on behalf of a wonderful program he has been a part of for the last two years. The parents in this school have a choice to make about where they send their children to participate in this program. They can keep their children at their districted... Does a PMO need a charter? Probably not. https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/36716/Does-a-PMO-need-a-charter--Probably-not- Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:59:57 GMT Uh, wait, what?? Of course it needs a charter, right? Well, maybe not. If you are setting up a PMO that is meant to be a temporary endeavor with a start, finish, and a unique product, service, deliverable, or outcome created (sound familiar?), then yes, it might need a charter. But you know what ... 5 Steps to Avoid Rescuing Project Team Members https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/36714/5-Steps-to-Avoid-Rescuing-Project-Team-Members Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:59:59 GMT Last week in Part 1 of our discussion on what happens when you rescue your project team members, we discussed a few of the problems that come with being the hero and doing the work for others. This week, in Part 2, discover how we avoid finding ourselves in the position of not delegating and ending ... What happens when you rescue your project team members? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/36713/What-happens-when-you-rescue-your-project-team-members- Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:59:59 GMT We’ve all been there. The work is piling up. The deadlines are hovering over our heads and our project is behind schedule. It’s so tempting to just jump in and start rescuing the project to make sure that the ultimate outcomes are achieved. We want to be the hero and we know we are ultim...