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The 8 components of a PMO Controls Framework


The PMO Controls Framework should be a simple, concise set of activities or processes, clearly articulated through a PMO handbook or similar document, that enables project and programme managers to understand the what, how and why of everything they need

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Avoiding Bureaucracy in a PMO control framework


I hate bureaucracy! Period! Yet when I tell people I have spent a large part of the last five years running PMO’s for major business change programmes in large Financial Institutions they look at me with a wry smile and

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Setting up the PMO Controls Framework


There are a number of key prerequisites for an effective PMO. Having the right sponsorship and remit are the most critical. Staffing the PMO with the right people – proactive experienced people with at least a smattering of delivery experience

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Why lessons learned don’t get implemented

Money down the drain

Many organisations talk about implementing best practices, learning lessons from past projects and developing a corporate knowledge base of all their project and programme experiences. For those looking to measure and grow their project management capabilities through Capability Maturity Models,

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PMO Best Practice – does it really mean anything?


What is ‘best practice’ Best practice as a term is in fact a misnomer. The optimal practices that are employed within a particular PMO will be dependent on the scope and objectives of the PMO, the level of project and

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A good PMO starts with the end in mind

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All projects evolve as they go through the project lifecycle. Plans will become more definitive  on a rolling basis. Designs crystalise and solutions get identified and adopted. Vested interests become apparent and often new or somewhat hidden requirements come to

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Posted in Leadership, PMO, Project reporting, Stakeholder management

SharePoint for project management

SharePoint is one of the most under used applications in most large organisations. Yes, it gets used as an alternative network drive, but it is such a powerful tool with so many useful features which most users never discover. In

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When the PMO becomes bureaucracy


A while back I set up a new PMO to support an internal restructuring programme. I set up the governance, the meetings and the associated infrastructure to maintain documentation and control. As PMO lead, my role was to prompt, prod

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