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10 Signs You’re Dating a Project Manager

10 Signs You’re Dating a Project Manager
By Laura Barnard

Here are 10 signs that will tell you that you’re dating a Project Manager:

  1. Calls the first month of your relationship a “preliminary assessment period.”
  2. Talks to the waiter about process flows when dinner arrives late.

  3. Congratulates your parents for successful value creation.

  4. Your Valentine’s Day card has bullet points.

  5. Decides to re-org your family into a “team-based organization”.

  6. Writes executive summaries on your love letters.

  7. Refers to your date as “testing marketing methods…”

  8. Asks the waiter what the restaurant’s core competencies are.

  9. Ends the argument you have by saying “let’s talk about this offline.”

  10. Gives constructive feedback to your dog.

Laura Barnard, is on the board of the Montgomery County, MD chapter of PMI (10 years) and has been building PMOs since 1999. You can read more from Laura on her blog. Read the Complete Article

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO – Part 6

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO – Part 6
By Laura Barnard

This post is part of a series. The previous article in this series can be found here.

Successful Change Leadership

Creating Change Advocacy in Your Organization

Change management is essentially about three things: The project, the people and the people. What does that mean? The project is about the work that needs to get accomplished. Essentially, we are talking about the scope. Getting this work done, by the way, is also about the people. In order for any project to be successful, you need that talent we discussed earlier driving the changes within the organization and they must bring along those stakeholders that are a part of the change.

Secondly, successful change management is about the people side of change. That means that we must have a good change management strategy in place that looks at what needs to change (the project) and how that change is going to be implemented (through the people). Read the Complete Article

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO – Part 5

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO – Part 5
By Laura Barnard

This post is part of a series. The previous article in this series can be found here.

The PMO Talent Profile

Why Getting the Right Talent Matters

For the last 14 years, I feel like I have been in constant hiring mode. Actually, I have been in constant hiring mode. Building, transforming, rescuing, and running PMOs requires a constant focus on talent management. I constantly had resumes on my desk and have looked at thousands of resumes and conducted countless interviews. What I have found in that process is that there are definitely things to look for in the resume and in those early phone conversations, but you have to be able to spend time with this person face to face to see if they are going to have what it takes to drive real change for you. Read the Complete Article

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO – Part 3

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO – Part 3
By Laura Barnard

This post is part of a series. The previous article in this series can be found here.

The Low Down on Methodologies and Maximizing Your Portfolio Throughput

Implementation Methodology vs. Project Management / What’s New in Portfolio Level Methodology?

In my mind, there is a difference between implementation methodology and project management discipline. They can work together quite seamlessly, but aren’t the same thing. Looking at the PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), you will see the various “Whats” that need to be considered as a project manager. Those “Whats” are the knowledge areas and are primarily focused on the things the project manager must do, from the perspective of the project manager. As with any methodology, you should look at it as a toolbox of potential tools that you can pull out to accomplish a task. Read the Complete Article

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO – Part 2

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO – Part 2
By Laura Barnard

This post is part of a series. The previous article in this series can be found here.

Determining the Type of PMO for Your Organization

Identify Your Organizational Appetite and Needs

This article will look at a few of the most common mistakes PMO leaders make when setting up or evolving a PMO.

  • Mistake #1: Assuming your organization needs a PMO without identifying the business priorities.

    What Works:

    The first step is asking yourself a few fundamental questions to determine where your PMO can provide value. What does your PMO solve? Are leaders concerned about time to market? Is it brand and industry reputation? Is technology costing too much to implement? These business challenges should be easily accessible to you by reviewing the mission and objectives for the organization and paying attention to what’s going on around you.

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The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO
By Laura Barnard

This post is part of a series. This is the first article in the series.

So, you have been charged with building and running a PMO (Project Management Office) for your organization. You’ve got the tools, you know about the best practices, and you have templates coming out of your ears. Now what? What are the things that you must do to help your PMO grow into a change management powerhouse for your company?

In this series of articles, we will explore both the art and science of what makes PMOs a market differentiator to strategy realization. Many of us are aware of the fundamental building blocks necessary to create a successful PMO. The science of PMO management covers the standards and best practices, as well as, the tools that must be present at the foundation of a PMO. Read the Complete Article

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