Project Management Office – PMO

Do We Still Need Project Managers in a Lean and Agile/Scrum World?

I’ve been helping companies introduce and adopt Lean and Agile/Scrum approaches in both IT and business departments for the last decade – and the question that continues comes up is: “now that we’re implementing a Scrum-based development approach, do we still ...

Lessons-learnt – a waste of time? – Part 1 “Why”

Are you wondering if it’s really worthwhile investing time conducting a ‘lessons-learnt’ session at the end of your project? You’re not alone: I recently ran two Project Management training programs at different companies in ...

A PMO – the solution to all problems…or not?

PMOs – Project Management Offices – are certainly en vogue these days, and have been for quite some time. Many organizations aiming to improve their project management have put the implementation of a PMO high on their wish list. But is a PMO really worth the money and effort? PMOs come ...

Six Rules of Successful Project Management

Volume upon volumes have been (and continue to be) written about Project Management.  So it’s easy to lose the forest for the trees when trying to follow methodologies that can be hundreds of pages long.  To get a better grasp on what is really important, we’ve assembled a short list ...

Back to the Future: The Rise of Departmental Computing … 21st Century Style

In the past couple of years I have been noticing a distinct trend, especially in marketing and sales organizations, towards developing departmental IT capabilities.  In some cases, this has extended beyond just a few web site developers to having a true “IT Department” responsible for development and maintenance of core ...

Book Review : Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products

I just finished reading “Agile Project Management : Creating Innovative Products” By Jim Highsmith (Addison-Wesley Professional, July, 2010).  The author makes a compelling case for reviewing the traditional ways of measuring project and team performance when an organization chooses to use Agile Development approaches. The author emphasizes three key areas where ...

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