Category Archives: attitude

10 questions for effective Retrospectives/Post Implementation Reviews

If you run retrospectives and don’t find them valuable, then read on… Any organisation that has existing for more than a few years will have run a number of projects and (hopefully) retrospectives/post implementation reviews. The effectiveness of these activities … Continue reading

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Planning for a productive retrospective – key challenges

What are the key challenges to using Retrospectives/PIRs to improve?  The challenges are legion are broadly fall under two main themes: Duck & cover Technical/procedural Duck and Cover a) A general reluctance to do it – “We don’t want to … Continue reading

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Make your PMO more relevant

Now that the initial PMO wave of enthusiasm has waned, it’s time to drive value through your PMO and make your team more relevant to the organisation. Take some pragmatic steps: Identify specific gaps per project (or subproject) in your … Continue reading

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Do you really need a Project Management Office? (PMO effectiveness metrics)

Why do you have a Project Management Office? What do they do? What value do they add to the company?  Is that their opinion or the business’? If you have a clear definition of your PMO, go and ask some … Continue reading

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Manage Your Portfolio of Problems Part 1

Does your team and organization suffer from numerous problems and issues?  Do more issues crop up each time you try to solve something? Managing your problems as a portfolio may help you. One of the keys to improving your team … Continue reading

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Managing Suppliers Effectively to Deliver Your Project Objectives – Quality and Assessment

I was recently asked about an effective method to manage multiple suppliers on a project.  The client had a number of potential suppliers to engage and wanted to know the best approach to ensure the suppliers deliver what was required. … Continue reading

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Preparing for a Project Sponsor Meeting

Sponsors are critical to almost all projects.  They’re the people who get budgets approved, they’re the ones who provide the energy and impetus for getting the business ready for the project. Yet PMs often seem to treat them like they’re … Continue reading

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