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PMOs – focus on your project managers

Ensure that the majority of the processes your PMO requires provides a benefit to the project manager, and not just to the PMO. When we provide project managers with a useful tool as our primary purpose, then the secondary purpose of extracting useful information for a PMO’s use in monitoring and controlling projects will be easy.

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Burn your process documents

Finding and keeping the right level of processes, while respecting that all projects are unique is a challenge everywhere I’ve ever worked. Unless the project management team is focused on one specific category of projects (like deploying a similar application for multiple clients), trying to define processes everyone must follow is bound to fail. If there are exceptions to the process, then the process shouldn’t exist in the first place.

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Haiku for project managers – tools

Yes, it’s cold outside /winter driving
If you wear the right clothing /
You can still go out

With the right equipment and tools we face few limits in what we can achieve. I’ve survived in -47 degrees Fahrenheit while serving in the Alaska Army National Guard in 1984. I’ve also experienced the 110+ degrees of India in their dry season. It’s easy to come up with excuses when we’re faced with the decision between being active or sitting still. Choose active.

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