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Using a Project Charter Template

By using a project charter template you will have a jump start on completing the task you have undertaken. The template is designed to assist you in the creation of this document so the final product will be formatted as …
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Is Governance helping you or slowing you down ?

We’ve worked with many organizations that have put in place some fairly mature project management processes and implemented what they call ‘Governance’. While we 100% support the practice of providing a defined process around project, program and portfolio management we …
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Project Management Life Cycle

Project Management Life Cycle

…Avoiding confusion with Project Life Cycle

 

Project Management Life Cycle vs Project Life Cycle

Unfortunately, I’ve seen many cases where these two are used interchangeably without acknowledging that they are truly two different and distinct …
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Basics of Procurement

Basics of Procurement

Procurement refers to obtaining goods and services from outside companies. This specifically refers to vendors and suppliers. It does not refer to other internal organizations within your own company. (For the purposes of this discussion, “purchasing” and
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Risk Analysis can help right-size project governance and structure.

One of the most frequently debated questions we have seen in today’s PMO environment is that of “How much is enough process, governance and oversight”?

Business managers want to be nimble and responsive and sometimes have little appetite for what …
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What is Kanban?

Kanban is a visual system for managing work as it moves through a process. Kanban visualizes both the process (the workflow) and the actual work passing through that process. The goal of Kanban is to identify potential bottlenecks in your …
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Portfolio Management

While project managers are focused on “getting the project done right” Portfolio Managers must focus on “getting the right projects done”.  This places the role of the Portfolio Manager in a very key position that helps drive strategy in an …
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Zombie PMOs…don’t be that guy.

For several years now the phrase ‘Zombie PMO’ has been used to describe a PMO organization that is barely alive — more focused on mundane self-serving practices than delivering business value.  Be sure that well before the ‘Zombie’ reference was …
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