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Improve project efficiency and effectiveness by dealing with quality – Part 1

Despite industry efforts over decades of work, many projects and project managers have difficulties in managing quality. Quality management as a discipline has been with us for a long time.  The two best known project management methods – PMBOK and … Continue reading

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How to raise your company from failure to success

If your company is in dire straights and you’re headed to oblivion, below are some of the basic things we can do to extend our competitive company life – our ‘runway’ as it’s often called. The most important activities are … Continue reading

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How to improve your productivity by using structure in your process

Once an organization reaches a certain size (say more then 30 people) it makes sense to set up a little bit of structure behind the way things are done. You often hear the objection “but we don’t need procedures or … Continue reading

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Compliance versus Support – The Chicken and the Egg

To bring some structure and consistency to projects (and business processes in general), audits or QA checks/gates are often performed to assess current practices and to enforce consistency.  But in one of the great ironies, it is often necessary to … Continue reading

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Improve your PMO effectiveness by walking around

As a PMO member, probably one of the most productive things you could do for your customers is to get out from your desk and get into businessland. By physically staying in the PMO team area (and let’s face it … Continue reading

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Project Kickoffs Improve Performance

I was recently asked about why project kickoffs are important – surely people could just read the Project Management Plan and Project Charter. Nice in theory – rather more difficult in practice.  It’s always better to get everyone in a … Continue reading

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Reviewing Efficiency & Effectiveness Of Your Company KPI/Metrics Program

Most companies collect various metrics.  But are they the best ones to collect?  How do you know if you are getting good value for the effect expended in collecting and reporting KPIs/metrics? You can use this list to get a … Continue reading

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