Showing 30 posts tagged with: "baselining and assessing project management processes"

Jan 4, 2018

Interesting Times in Project Management: An Interview with J. Kent Crawford

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

Our founder and CEO Kent Crawford stays on the road a good deal, teaching classes for the PMI SeminarsWorld series, as well as visiting client sites and attending conferences and speaking engagements. In doing so, he keeps a front-line view of what is going on in organizations across a broad array of industries. So, once… Read More »

Sep 6, 2017

New Research Strongly Links PMO and PPM Processes to Strategic Execution

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 1 Comment

Although we have not released the formal research report yet, and the numbers are still being crunched, there are a couple things I found in reading through the raw data collected by our Strategy Execution Process Benchmark that I couldn't wait to share.Like the majority of companies out there, those that participated in… Read More »

Jul 26, 2017

Expert Series 6: The Project Charter: Destination, Map and Key

Posted by Pam Toth | 0 Comments

Editor's Note: We continue our Expert Series with another column from Owens Corning project management guru Pam Toth. Her sponsor's-eye view of project chartering shares her personal experience with this key aspect of project sucess.For me, leading a project without a charter is like driving in a new town without a map… Read More »

Jul 17, 2017

Expert Series 5: Project Manager Bandwidth

Posted by Victor L. Allen | 1 Comment

Editor’s Note: This week we welcome back Vic Allen, director of project management,  DTE Energy, and co-author of Project Management for Experienced Project Managers, with the fifth in our “Expert Series” of blogs. You can read the whole series if you start here.A few years ago, one of my… Read More »

Jul 5, 2017

PMO Webinar Attendees: You Asked, Kent Crawford Answers!

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

In our May webinar/panel discussion of The State of the PMO 2016, we had a number of questions submitted by participants that there was not enough time to answer. I caught up with Kent Crawford by phone to get his responses to some of the questions that centered around PMO implementation and processes.Q: The… Read More »

Jun 28, 2017

New Research Study: How Do Project/Program Processes Impact Strategy Execution?

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

Last week we launched our newest research initiative The Strategic Execution Process Benchmark: Integrating Projects, Programs, and Portfolios for Strategic Success, and we are very excited about it. Over the 20 years that PM Solutions Research has been collecting data about project management processes, we have seen an increasing confluence of strategic planning and management with… Read More »

Jun 22, 2017

A Question of Agility: Expert Answers on PMOs and Agile Processes

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 1 Comment

In our May webinar/panel discussion of The State of the PMO 2016, we had a number of questions submitted by participants that there was not enough time to answer. One of the major themes involved questions about agile tools and processes in the PMO. I called on one of our in-house Agile experts, Senior Consultant… Read More »

May 19, 2017

Join Our Panel of Experts to Discuss the Practices of Best-in-Class PMOs

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

The State of the PMO 2016 research report, released last November, shows that the majority of organizations now either have PMOs or are planning to implement one in the coming year, the common functions and practices of PMOs are becoming a standard feature of organizations.But for those PMOs that have been in place for over… Read More »

Apr 10, 2017

Why Assess PM Maturity?

Posted by Victor L. Allen | 1 Comment

Editor’s introduction: This week we inaugurate the first in our Expert Series, blogs by writers who have won our respect for their work “in the trenches” of project, program and organizational improvement. Today’s author, Victor Allen, is director of project management for Major Enterprise Projects at DTE Energy, the… Read More »

Jan 16, 2017

With the Passage of the PMIAA, Project Management Says, Hello Tomorrow

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Governance, Strategy Execution | 1 Comment

A month ago today, President Obama signed the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) into law after it completed a long slog through Congress. The profession could not have received a more timely holiday gift. On the Project Management Institute website, CEO Mark Langley cited PMI’s 2015 Pulse of the Profession report findings… Read More »

Dec 8, 2016

New PMO? Aim High and Go Long

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Performance Measurement, Project Management Maturity, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Research | 0 Comments

This week saw the release of the latest iteration of our biennial research study, The State of the PMO 2016. After nearly a decade of collecting information on PMO trends and functions, PM Solutions Research had a clear view of how the PMO is developing as an organizational entity. Not only that, but our unique formula… Read More »

Sep 29, 2016

Three Trends Shaping Project Management Today

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Recently, I was invited to answer a number of opinion questions for a report being produced by the Dubai International Project Management Forum, where I will be speaking in October. It's always a spur to reframing one's thoughts, and I wanted to share with our readers a few of the answers that were… Read More »

Sep 20, 2016

Change Your Mind about Benefits Realization: A Preview of Our New White Paper

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

Now going to press, our newest white paper, Optimize Strategy Execution by Planning In Benefits Realization,  explores the question: Why do strategies fail?One answer relates to the question, often posed by project management practitioners, of why the discipline has struggled to implement benefits realization tracking and management. If strategies are expressed through programs… Read More »

Sep 9, 2016

PMOs in 2016: How Does Your PMO Measure Up?

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Research, Site News, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

Calling all PMO leaders, executives with responsibility for PMOs, and PMO contributors: now is your chance to participate in our signature biennial research study, The State of the PMO. Conducted every two years since 2008, this study has helped thousands of companies gauge and improve thier PMO processes and functions. This year's study, subtitled "Enabling… Read More »

Aug 18, 2016

Integrating Benefits Realization and Strategy Execution … What Took Us So Long?

Posted by Deborah Bigelow Crawford | 1 Comment

I just finished reading PMI’s new research on the “Benefits realization management and strategic project success analysis of UK, USA, and Brazil.”   I found the research quite interesting, and it energized some thoughts, starting with revisiting our approach to strategy execution.PM Solutions’ Strategy Execution model is based on… Read More »

Jul 27, 2016

Performance Measurement: We Know It is Important ... Why Don’t We Do It?

Posted by Deborah Bigelow Crawford | 0 Comments

Performance measurement has become a powerful tool that can validate project success or point out failure. It can tell you if a new process is working, or if an investment is paying off. Why don’t we do more of it? A few reasons may be that it takes commitment, resources, and time… Read More »

Jun 22, 2016

Still Justifying Project Management in Your Organization? This Will Help!

Posted by Deborah Bigelow Crawford in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Governance, Performance Measurement, Project Management Research, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

Companies are demanding to know the long-range benefits of building and implementing a project management culture. Simple financial measurements are not enough; a balanced family of measures is needed to get an overall picture of the health of your organization and its project management practices. A balanced family of measures can evolve into a powerful… Read More »

Feb 26, 2016

2016 Challenge for PMOs: Document Time-to-Value

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

For the first decade that I wrote about and reported on project management, almost nobody in the wider business press was talking about PM at all. I became adept at reading between the lines in business, management, strategy, and software/IT publications, looking for ways that their trends and pain-points related to our discipline. That… Read More »

Jan 27, 2016

How Many Projects Per PM? It Depends.

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Demand Management, Human Capital, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Research | 3 Comments

Last week, one of our consultants came to us with a question from a client: "What is the ideal or standard number of projects per project manager?"Questions like this are the heart of our research program. We aren’t academics, and don’t aspire to be. PM Solutions Research was established to… Read More »

Oct 2, 2014

Value, and Corporate Values

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Performance Measurement, Project Management Research, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

Johanna Mickel’s blog about a presentation at the Gartner Symposium tied in neatly with a theme that Allen Young had been expanding upon earlier on this blog: that of how you measure the value of project management processes (and of the PMO).  To recap, Johanna described Gartner analyst Donna Fitzgerald’s … Read More »

Jun 9, 2014

Another Take on the Types, Levels and Responsibilities of PMOs

Posted by Johanna Mickel in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Governance, Performance Measurement, Project Management Events, Project Management Office (PMO), Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

I left the Gartner PPM and IT Governance conference last Wednesday evening with my head spinning: information and insight overload! A few days to process was required. Now looking back, I have to say that in many ways the last day of the conference was the most rewarding.Although the closing keynote by former Secretary… Read More »

May 14, 2014

Establish PMO Value Metrics Without Delay!

Posted by Allen Young in Performance Measurement, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Research | 0 Comments

One of the issues that surfaced in the newly-released State of the PMO 2014 research study was that PMOs have a public relations problem: they are delivering value (significant value: see the graphic from the study at right), but they have trouble communicating that value to executives. Two of the biggest challenges for PMOs, according to… Read More »

Apr 29, 2014

One Size PMO Does NOT Fit All

Posted by Allen Young in Project & Program Management, Portfolio Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Research | 0 Comments

A good deal has been written about Project Management Offices (PMOs) in terms of the services they provide and the associated governance structures that go with them. I’ve seen the suggested types of PMOs range from as few as three to as many as twelve in my travels. Masha Nehme from Software Advice… Read More »

Dec 31, 2013

Some Applause, Please!

Posted by Allen Young in Culture & Change Management | 0 Comments

When I initially received a PDF draft copy of PMI’s “Managing Change in Organizations: A Practice Guide,” the first thing I did was cry out “It’s about time!” The concept of organizational change management (OCM) has been around for quite a while now and over the last… Read More »

Sep 4, 2013

Those Pesky Cultural Barriers: An Interview with Allen Young

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Demand Management, Portfolio Management, Project Management Events, Project Management Research, Resource Optimization | 0 Comments

This week’s interview with PM Solutions expert Allen Young, Account Executive, addresses questions from our May webinar around the cultural change aspects of Project Portfolio Management – and there were many! Obviously the human and cultural issues loom large for companies endeavoring to implement or improve their PPM practices. After reviewing the list… Read More »

May 20, 2013

A Worthwhile Quest: Measuring What's Important to Your Business

Posted by Mary Yanocha | 0 Comments

Metrics continues to be an elusive yet hot topic as evidenced by the crowd that Lars Mieritz drew at this morning’s Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit session, which was aptly titled “On the Quest for PPM KPIs and Metrics.”Lars covered a lot of ground during the session, including the… Read More »

May 11, 2013

The Who and Where of PMOs

Posted by J. Kent Crawford | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, one of the members of our PMO of the Year Group on LinkedIn asked a question that sparked a lively discussion with numerous group members chiming in. For those of you who aren't a member of this group (it's a subgroup of the PM Solutions group: join here if… Read More »

Aug 27, 2012

PMO of the Year Semifinalist Profile: Dignity Health’s P2MO Points to “True North” for this Healthcare Nonprofit

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Project & Program Management, Governance, Project Failure & Recovery, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Research, Site News | 0 Comments

Today and for the next several weeks, we will be profiling each of the PMO of the Year Award semifinalists … and of course, eventually revealing the winner and top three! Today, we look at a relatively young PMO organization that has quickly revolutionized the project and program culture and processes for one large nonprofit… Read More »

May 31, 2011

PMO of the Year Award Enters Countdown Phase

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Performance Measurement, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Research, Project Management Training, Resource Optimization | 0 Comments

For those of our readers who are entering the PMO of the Year Award, May has been a busy time; we hope that last week's deadline extension (to June 10) has allowed you to polish your entry without giving up the holiday weekend. Please remember to check out the Linked In group for PMOY applicants,… Read More »

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