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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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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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Of pointy umbrellas on public transport

From commuting in wet weather to stakeholder management. (No really – stay with me…) I often commute to and through central London on my way into work. One wet day I found cause to wish that people would carry large golfing umbrellas on busy public transport vertically when folded, because a pointy golfing umbrella held horizontally…

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The Campaign for Real Project Managers

I’ve been thinking about authenticity and the way that Project Managers [PMs] and PMO professionals present themselves in the professional arena. I saw a LinkedIn post a while back highlighting a vacancy advert requiring that the PM had previous experience of managing ‘ugly’ projects, and recounting experience of having interviewed multiple PMs whose projects had…

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Outsiders perspective
The value of an outsider’s perspective

I undertook a series of business planning sessions with business leadership coach Bekka Prideaux, which were aimed at helping me to work out what I want to achieve with my business and how to get it there. During the sessions, Bekka asked many questions – most of them were pretty simple, but required a lot…

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How to drive REAL impact with your PMO

A PPM tool is software designed to be an enterprise-wide, strategic solution which facilitates more effective project portfolio management. It’s a multi-million turnover industry, full of hundreds of options ranging from free and instantly accessible to costing thousands and taking months to configure and implement. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is regarded as the go-to source of information…

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The Real “P” in PMO

Originally posted as Friday Insight in the Major Projects Knowledge Hub This week’s shared insight is from a personal perspective, and something I hope will help you as you finish your working week and start looking forward to the next. As an independent PMO Professional, I move between organisations within different industry sectors on a…

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