PPM Tools

This post has help us to review the different solutions provided by the big vendors of PMO industry. We do not provide a closed or software solution, what we provide is a customized solution compose by processes, people and tools. Tools, this was one of the things that appeared in the SWOT analysis we performed. … Read more

PMO effectiveness

We started the delivery assurance process on the whole portfolio where the initial objective was to know the status of the projects. After we knew the general status and evolution of them, the next need at portfolio level was clear: now we can prioritize the projects and start opening relevant actions on the key projects. … Read more

How Project Managers are assigned

Usually, project managers are assigned to a project from the beginning to the end. This strategy has its advantages as continuity and strenght relationships with stakeholders. However, there are other ways to assign project managers. A program manager should consider assigning a more senior PM for the kick-off or initiation phase of a project to … Read more

Project Office Manager Archetype

I have been researching information from different places about the role of the PMO in an organization. This article simplifies the roles in 4 archetypes: Scorekeeper, Facilitator, Quarterback, Perfectionist. Other point of view and a simplification that now, looking at the square, I see me jumping from one box to the other, depending of the … Read more

My PMO does not work

The PMO creation approach is clear for me, I have read 2 books about this process and we are working on a new PMO. Nevertheless, now we are facing the change of an existing PMO that is not working properly. Thanks to Glen Alleman’s recommendation I bought this book: The Handbook of Program Management, James … Read more

Why do you need a PMO?

Reading about the implementation of a PMO, first phase needed is to create the conditions for change. As part of it, there is the need o creating a sense of urgency and economic value. Some general remarks to create this need: Failures in projects (low trust, bad income…), High time + energy consumption for upper-managers, … Read more

Why PMOs Implementations fails?

I have been reading about this issue becuase it’s important to learn where other failed in order to try to avoid it. Mainly it’s due to different combinations of factors: Understimating scope of organizational change needed, lack of methodology while managing projects, Insuficient time to develop competent proffesionals, Bad timing, Inadequate or insuficient change management … Read more

Preparing PMO Approach

There are a lot of expectations in the creation of the PMO in our site. They want a PMO; they don’t know what it is and what not, but they want one. In this scenario where expectations are so high, the first thing to do is to manage them. At this time I think I … Read more

Building a PMO

Build a PMO will be one of my new responsibilities during next months. It’s not going to be easy but it’s a great challenge that I really need. What would be the starting point for this PMO? The starting point is that there are some good business reasons to create this PMO: local market, growth … Read more