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Sep 7, 2009

Back to School

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

September already! Yesterday I saw my first scarlet maple leaf, artistically arranged on top of a daisy, as if to graphically depict the change of seasons. The university and the high school are back in business in my little town (you can't miss the traffic on Main St. ... or the young, invincible drivers).And,... Read More »

September already! Yesterday I saw my first scarlet maple leaf, artistically arranged on top of a daisy, as if to graphically depict the change of seasons. The university and the high school are back in business in my little town (you can't miss the traffic on Main St. ... or the young, invincible drivers).And,... Read More »

Aug 12, 2009

Blue-Horizon, Lights-On, and Bread-and-Butter: Balancing the Bad Times Portfolio

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Portfolio Management, Resource Optimization, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

I'm still digesting that Accenture research on what companies that emerged strongly from the 1990-91 downturn did differently during the bad times. As I said in my previous post, this is one of those business news articles that is all about portfolio management, without ever mentioning it.I suspect that is because a lot... Read More »

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I'm still digesting that Accenture research on what companies that emerged strongly from the 1990-91 downturn did differently during the bad times. As I said in my previous post, this is one of those business news articles that is all about portfolio management, without ever mentioning it.I suspect that is because a lot... Read More »

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Aug 12, 2009

Spending (Less) Money to Make (More) Money

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Portfolio Management, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

Everyone is writing about how business can thrive in spite of the downturn ... including me. We're working on a new white paper on the ways that project management discipline can help companies contain costs and become more efficient. (You'll be able to read it here on or before August 13). But something about the... Read More »

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Everyone is writing about how business can thrive in spite of the downturn ... including me. We're working on a new white paper on the ways that project management discipline can help companies contain costs and become more efficient. (You'll be able to read it here on or before August 13). But something about the... Read More »

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Jul 14, 2009

A Postscript ... and Some News

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Site News | 0 Comments

Just as I completed my last post, a colleague sent me an article with the very timely title "Nobody Ever Gets Credit for Fixing Things that Never Happen" - which was my argument for why PMOs often succeed themselves out of business.The article, from 2001, focuses on quality management initiatives, but it isn't hard... Read More »

Just as I completed my last post, a colleague sent me an article with the very timely title "Nobody Ever Gets Credit for Fixing Things that Never Happen" - which was my argument for why PMOs often succeed themselves out of business.The article, from 2001, focuses on quality management initiatives, but it isn't hard... Read More »

Jul 14, 2009

PMOs: Great ... and Gone

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project Management Office (PMO), Strategy Execution | 2 Comments

I wish this were not true, but ever since 2002 when we began facilitating project management benchmarking groups, I have been meeting PMO directors who brought project management to the attention to senior management, created PMOs or Centers of Excellence, drove PM improvements across organizations, improved project and portfolio performance ... and wound up unemployed.Of course,... Read More »

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I wish this were not true, but ever since 2002 when we began facilitating project management benchmarking groups, I have been meeting PMO directors who brought project management to the attention to senior management, created PMOs or Centers of Excellence, drove PM improvements across organizations, improved project and portfolio performance ... and wound up unemployed.Of course,... Read More »

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Jun 25, 2009

More On Governance and the PMO

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Governance, Portfolio Management, Project Management Office (PMO) | 1 Comment

I'd like to tie those last two posts together with a couple of thoughts engendered by listening to Kent's keynote, and by some of the conversations I shared with PMO directors at the Summit."Governance" is in danger of becoming a buzzword. It's one of those ideas that many corporate leaders accept... Read More »

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I'd like to tie those last two posts together with a couple of thoughts engendered by listening to Kent's keynote, and by some of the conversations I shared with PMO directors at the Summit."Governance" is in danger of becoming a buzzword. It's one of those ideas that many corporate leaders accept... Read More »

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Jun 8, 2009

PMOs Moving Up the Ladder: Blessing or Curse?

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Site News | 2 Comments

Our PMO Award winner and finalists had their day in the sun in Boston, and the brief case studies of their achievements have been posted on the PM Solutions website, for those of you who weren't able to be with us at the awards ceremony.It's an interesting thing about these case studies;... Read More »

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Our PMO Award winner and finalists had their day in the sun in Boston, and the brief case studies of their achievements have been posted on the PM Solutions website, for those of you who weren't able to be with us at the awards ceremony.It's an interesting thing about these case studies;... Read More »

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Jun 7, 2009

Governance: Taking It From the Top

Posted by J. Kent Crawford in Culture & Change Management, Governance | 1 Comment

I had the pleasure of delivering the keynote address at the CBP Summit this year, on the subject of PMO Governance. And, because the topic of governance always touches on areas in organizations where our assumptions rule ... where things that "can't" be questioned (but should be) take up residence ... I thought I'd kick... Read More »

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I had the pleasure of delivering the keynote address at the CBP Summit this year, on the subject of PMO Governance. And, because the topic of governance always touches on areas in organizations where our assumptions rule ... where things that "can't" be questioned (but should be) take up residence ... I thought I'd kick... Read More »

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