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2024 PMO Research Report
Is the PMO its own worst enemy?

The recently released 2024 PMO Research Report from The PMO Squad emphasises in its introduction that organisations need talent, tools and capability to drive them forward with a faster rate of change.  While not statistically significant, the research findings do raise some interesting questions about the current state of PMOs.  Some of the key insights:  Executives…

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AC002 JFDI Sponsor

  This one is about end user engagement in change. The point being made here is that if as a user (the people on the right) you aren’t prepared to articulate what you want, don’t be surprised if you don’t like what you get. And no, “isn’t it obvious?” doesn’t count. Sometimes the idea of a change can seem…

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AC001 Missing Requirements

  This one is about end user engagement in change. The point being made here is that if as a user (the people on the right) you aren’t prepared to articulate what you want, don’t be surprised if you don’t like what you get. And no, “isn’t it obvious?” doesn’t count. Sometimes the idea of a change can seem…

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Best PMO Tools
What are PMO Tools?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at The PMO Professionals is “what is the best PMO tool?” The truth is that one size doesn’t fit all; just as PMO is used to describe a project, programme or portfolio office – the best PMO tool for each situation will depend on what…

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The PMO Lifecycle
REVIEW: The PMO Lifecycle by William Dow, PMP

“The PMO Lifecycle: Building, Running & Shutting Down” by William Dow, PMP is my go-to book when setting up or improving a PMO, and I keep it close to hand on my business bookshelf for easy reference. It’s definitely a how-to manual, packed with checklists, diagrams and review questions to embed your learning. You can…

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What is a PMO?

I often get asked what PMO stands for (especially by baffled members of my family!). Well the ‘P’ can stand for project, programme or portfolio, the ‘M’ stands for management, and the ‘O’ stands for office – or officeR – because let’s face it how can a person like me be an office? …so PMO…

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Does your organisation lose out on learning?

The experience of running projects contains insights that ought be useful to organisations and individuals, yet very often this useful knowledge is not fully or effectively exploited. Does your organisation learn all that it could from its delivery experience? See if you recognise anything in the post below… How can you tell your organisation is…

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Why you should have your retrospective run independently

To get the best out of people, a group lesson session needs to foster the right atmosphere, ask the right questions, and encourage the right behaviours. This can be achieved very effectively by having the lesson-gathering session(s) run by someone completely independent of the project or even the organisation. What are the benefits of having…

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What to look for in a partner to run your retrospective

You’re bought into the idea of having your project or programme retrospective run independently. So what should you look for in a partner to run your retrospective? Knowledge This is about whether the partner has a good understanding of the processes involved in identifying and capturing insights, and turning these into actionable learning. Do they understand how…

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I messed up live on air!

I was booked by Lindsay Scott of the House of PMO to deliver a webinar on setting up and working as a contractor. It was important to me that it went well, because I was also going to use the webinar to launch a brand new business – The PMO Professionals. I had some (ahem!)…

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