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by Mark Mullaly, PMP The advocates for the implementation of portfolio management are dissatisfied with how decisions are currently being made. They wish to bring about a change to this decision process. They are not, therefore, likely to have much influence in how decisions are currently being made. What to do about this conundrum? by Kenneth Darter, PMP

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Ten Six Consulting Program and Project Management Offices (PMOs) have been in the news. OK, you won’t have read about this in your daily paper, but in the UK the PMOSIG became incorporated as the Association for Project Management’s 13th specific interest group a couple of years back. While PMOs have been around for a long time, this was a big step forward for the recognition of the work they do. And they do a lot more than just produce reports. The role of a PMO

What is Project Management? More specifically, what is a project? It’s a temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service or result. A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies.

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Project Governance – setting up for success Project governance is often misunderstood and undervalued in terms of being a critical element of delivering successfully on a project. A project governance plan is written, signed off by the board and then sits on the shelf right? Isn’t it one of those documents that is great to do, but does not add any value to doing the work? What is project management? ‘At its most fundamental, project management is about people getting things done,’Dr Martin Barnes, APM President 2003-2012. What is project management? DefinitionProject management is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve the project objectives. GeneralA project is a unique, transient endeavour, undertaken to achieve planned objectives, which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes or benefits.

JISC infoNet There are many definitions of what constitutes a project such as ‘a unique set of co-ordinated activities, with definite starting and finishing points, undertaken by an individual or team to meet specific objectives within defined time, cost and performance parameters’ (Office of Government Commerce). We are all aware that our organisations undertake projects and, rather than debate the merits of different definitions, it is perhaps more helpful to look at a few of the characteristics that make projects different from other work. Projects are usually characterised by being: Instruments of changeNon-routineUniqueComposed of inter-dependent activitiesCarried out by people who don’t normally work togetherTemporary with defined start and end datesIntended to achieve a specific outcomeFrequently risky and involving uncertainties There is no magic formula for ensuring that a project is successful, but there are well proven techniques available to help plan and manage projects.

What To Do When Your Project Is in Trouble September 26, 2012 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Project Management Guides What To Do When Your Project Is in Trouble By Jennifer Whitt If you have ever found yourself at the helm of a failing or troubled project, what has your response been? Read the following multiple choice answers to see if they sound familiar: Work Breakdown Structure - how to create a WBS to plan a project This is step 1 of a guide to project planning covering 4 steps. You can access steps 2 - 4 here. Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4. Project Planning Should Start with the 5W Questions Before Getting to the How? June 1, 2012 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Project Plan Development Project Planning Should Start with the 5W Questions Before Getting to the How? By Kiron D.

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