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Building Your PMO – People, Process, Tools – Part II – PM Processes

Building Your PMO – People, Process, Tools – Part II – PM Processes (#6 in the series Building your PMO – People, Process Tools)
By Derry Simmel, PMP, MBA, FLMI

Well, you are building a PMO, so you’ll be expected to come up with some Project Management procedures. There are a plethora of great procedure sets out there that cover everything you can imagine about Project Management, they usually come with their own documentation and form sets. Your company probably already has some standards or processes that you will want or need to include in anything. Again, below are my ideas and thoughts, suggestions only, I know many of you have had different experiences, please share them.

Start Small.

This is pretty generic and universal advice, so I’ll go quickly. Whether you are starting from scratch or have some existing material, start small. Most of you know this one already. Read the Complete Article

Building Your PMO – People, Process, Tools – Part II – Processes – Forms

Building Your PMO – People, Process, Tools – Part II – Processes – Forms (#5 in the series Building your PMO – People, Process Tools)
By Derry Simmel, PMP, MBA, FLMI

First, let me express my general distaste for forms. While I can’t say I hate all forms, I do believe that many organizations have used them incorrectly and created situations that are more harmful than beneficial. I do believe that the right forms can be very useful and beneficial. For one thing, every time I get on an airplane, I become a huge fan of the pilot’s pre-flight checklist. However, I don’t think I want my pilot filling out a form during a crisis – I’d rather they were flying the plane. That said, I think that by following a few guidelines and understanding the nature of forms, a PMO can use them to benefit the company and the PMO! Read the Complete Article

Building Your PMO – People, Process, Tools – Part II – Process – The PMO as a Professional Services Organization (cont.)

Building Your PMO – People, Process, Tools – Part II – Process – The PMO as a Professional Services Organization (cont.) (#4 in the series Building your PMO – People, Process Tools)
By Derry Simmel, PMP, MBA, FLMI

Standards

These are not the PMI or QA types of standards; I’m not referring to making sure every project has a charter. There are certainly great ones out there and some that will work for you but I’m talking about standards for you, your PMO and your team.

I believe that everyone wants to achieve more, by setting standards for your team; you challenge them to do better. Also, standards create a personality for your PMO. If everyone on your team can be expected to meet a high level of professional standards, then the same can be said of the PMO. Unfortunately, if one member falls out, you’ve got trouble – but that’s why you got into management right? Read the Complete Article

Building Your PMO – People, Process, Tools – Part II – Process – The PMO as a Professional Services Organization

Building Your PMO – People, Process, Tools – Part II – Process – The PMO as a Professional Services Organization (#3 in the series Building your PMO – People, Process Tools)
By Derry Simmel, PMP, MBA, FLMI

For the most part, PMOs are staff organizations for the most part. We are a service only unit within the company. We are often perceived as not producing value and many people are less-than-enthusiastic with the forms, methodologies, “bureaucracy” and “paperwork” that we produce. On the flip side, in Circle of Innovation, Tom Peters advocates that “all value comes from Professional Services”. The value of your PMO is in the people who represent it.

We’ve talked about how to put your team together; the next thing is organizing and managing them. Quick word on my management philosophy – I believe people want work to be meaningful, they want to succeed, and they want to be part of a great team. Read the Complete Article

Building Your PMO – People, Process, Tools – Part I – People (continued)

Building Your PMO – People, Process, Tools – Part I – People (continued) (#2 in the series Building your PMO – People, Process Tools)
By Derry Simmel, PMP, MBA, FLMI

Assuming you now have the list of qualifications, skills and characteristics of the type of person you want for your PMO. The only problem is that you don’t know how to find these people. How do you get the right person and not be fooled in the interview? Not only that, maybe you have 3 openings, but what mix is right for you and your PMO. We’ll save organization for later, for now a little about how to pick make sure you get the right people. There are a lot of tactics and a ton of good information is available, make use of it! As a general overview, these are some of my thoughts, as always if you have any ideas, post them for others to read. Read the Complete Article

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