The PMO; a knowledge broker in project-based organisations

Major Projects Knowledge Hub

The inspiration for this week’s Friday Insight post for the Major Projects Knowledge Hub came from the last PMO Flashmob online meetup of the summer, which included a discussion on a research paper originally published in the International Journal of Project Management back in 2013. Flashmob founder Lindsay Scott subsequently shared the highlights in “The PMO is the … Read moreThe PMO; a knowledge broker in project-based organisations

The Real “P” in PMO

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, I move between organisations within different industry sectors on a regular basis. What I find fascinating about this is how differently PMO is … Read moreThe Real “P” in PMO

PPM solutions: 6 questions to ask first

In the previous post, I cautioned against starting your PPM solution journey by contacting vendors and looking at the various tools on offer; that it’s the equivalent of deciding on a solution before you’ve fully understood what the problem is that you’re trying to solve. 6 questions to consider first… 1. What are the business … Read morePPM solutions: 6 questions to ask first

So you think you need a PPM tool?

Picture this scenario: Your company has been running various projects and programmes for a while now, with varying degrees of success regarding delivery. Those that do go well often don’t embed as well as you’d hoped, and those that don’t – if only you could have had better visibility of when things started to go … Read moreSo you think you need a PPM tool?

What is PMO?

A PMO – project, programme and/or portfolio management office – is the function or department that defines & maintains standards for managing change within an organisation. Providing expert guidance, support & coaching to the project management community, the PMO is seen as a strategic driver for excellence through best practice and the standardisation of approaches for project execution and governance. Usually … Read moreWhat is PMO?

Business Analysis – a skillset for the Strategic PMO?

I’ve often thought that business analysis comes in very useful for a PMO. It is accepted wisdom that a good PMO leader will have a background in project management, as this gives them credibility to coach and mentor project managers plus real-world experience of applying the recommended tools and techniques required to deliver a project … Read moreBusiness Analysis – a skillset for the Strategic PMO?