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The Tactical Guide for Building a PMO – How to Run a Successful PMO

Despite what you might read in the news, or hear at the water cooler, there’s a growing demand for information on building a PMO (project management office). Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to share my perspectives on this topic based on my book The Tactical Guide for Building a PMO. It has been a fantastic opportunity; people have enjoyed the presentation and have told me they now have some “amazing takeaways” ...

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Organizational Project Business Management and PMOs: Executive View

Written with Darrel G. Hubbard Introduction During our PMO case study research over the past 13 years, we delved into the construct, organizational concept, and framework of Organizational Project Business Management (OPBM). In addition, we delved deeply into the models, framework, and organizational concepts of the Project Business Management Or­ganization (PBMO). We documented those research results in our latest book, A Compendium of PMO Case Studies – Volume II: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts {Bolles ...

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Negotiating with Difficult People: We Have a Hostage Situation!

Chances are high that at at least one point in your career or personal life, you’ve had to negotiate with someone who was holding something you value as “hostage.” This may have included a particular service, payment, or resource, or quite possibly the TV remote, your favorite TV show, or having to tell your 5-year-old to put down the phone extension. Chances are even higher that you probably dreaded the whole process of getting what you ...

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Managing Distributed Projects

Projects are increasingly distributed across different sites. But distributed teams and suppliers complicate communication and create numerous frictions. Over half of all distributed projects do not achieve their intended objectives and are then canceled. Traditional labor cost-based location decisions are replaced by a systematic improvement of business processes in a distributed context. Benefits are tangible, as our clients emphasize: Better multi-site collaboration, clear supplier agreements, and transparent interfaces are the most often reported benefits. There ...

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Creative Genius—TODAY?

It’s not often that an article about genius starts with a reference to William Shatner’s iconic Star Trek sci-fi character, James T. Kirk. In the 1968 TV show, Kirk is discussing one of the greatest minds of his century when he says, “A genius doesn’t work on an assembly line basis. Did Einstein…produce new and revolutionary theories on a regular schedule? You can’t simply say, ‘Today I will be brilliant.’ ” I would contend that ...

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Business Capabilities in Business-IT Alignment

This article explores(and debunks) the traditional notions of IT-business alignment and offers a more pragmatic approach to keeping IT in sync with business objectives through business capabilities. It also considers the critical role that enterprise architecture (EA) can play in this process. You can view the white paper here at AITS: http://aits.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Brian-Cameron-Business-IT-Alignment.pdf   Brian Cameron will be presenting a free webinar with ITMPI on February 2! Sign up here: Business Capabilities in Business/IT Alignment

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An Overview of Guardrails: Keeping Aligned and on Track

Introduction Solution delivery is a complex process. However, it is possible to see if one is on track in a relatively straightforward manner. In essence, lean-agile methods are about achieving the highest level of business value realization in the shortest amount of time in a predictable and sustainable manner. This requires working on the most important business value requests within the proper capacity to implement them quickly. This is often complex and difficult; however, it ...

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Is Your Organization Ready for Project Portfolio Management?

Most of us believe that project portfolio management (PPM) is a good thing… and it is. After all, what organization wouldn’t want to maximize their return and minimize their risk? The simple answer is they all do. So what’s the issue? Well, introducing a concept such as PPM is difficult enough even in a company that is ready to undertake it. When the company is too immature, it may be at the very least a ...

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Generational Leadership: A New Dimension of Diversity

The Generational Leadership of the workforce has changed significantly in the last 10 years. Today, more generations work together in single workplaces, and they have greater disparities than ever before. The workforce will continue to have dramatic shifts in age over the next 5-10 years. There is a new generation entering the workforce, and the experienced generation is leaving to pursue retirement and other employment that suits their lifestyles. Understanding generational issues can lead to wider ...

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How to Lead Change on a Project

Project management historically creates value by delivering results and outcomes through people. Today’s organizations need to recognize the conscious awareness of the impacts and implications of how projects bring about change. A few years ago, I attended the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) and heard great stories on how to make change. It’s my experience and philosophy that projects are a place for innovation, change, and leadership that may include failure and success along the way. ...

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