Showing 30 posts tagged with: "portfolio management"

May 17, 2018

Where Agility Lives: Your Strategy Execution Questions, Answered: Part 3

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

I’ve left the most complex question for last. One of our webinar attendees queried:What is the best way to engage in a conversation about traditional PMO roles and activities in an organization that is using Agile delivery and methodologies?One of the problems with answering these questions after the webinar has ended… Read More »

Apr 26, 2018

Strategic Nuts and Bolts: Part 2 of “Your Strategy Execution Questions Answered”

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

Have you ever sat down to work, looked at your list and opted to do the handful of easy tasks rather than tackle the most important item?Yeah, me too. In the same way that individuals mis-focus their energies at work, companies sometimes get bogged down in minutiae rather than addressing their biggest issues.A… Read More »

Apr 12, 2018

Your Questions About Strategy Execution, Answered

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

We had a well-attended webinar at the end of January during which Kent Crawford and Bruce Miller laid out some of the compelling findings of our 2017 research study, (View the recording here.)At the end, there were a handful of submitted questions left unanswered; many of them were about the demographics of the study: how… Read More »

Mar 27, 2018

Strategy and Projects: Then and Now

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 0 Comments

I recently updated a chapter on strategy and projects that I wrote for The AMA Handbook of Project Management, Fourth Edition, which went to press in 2013. In just five years, the change in the "buzz" about the role of project management in strategy execution is startling.Rewind for a little perspective: Back in 2006, when our… Read More »

Jan 22, 2018

Findings from the Strategy Execution Process Benchmark: Webinar Jan. 30

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | 1 Comment

Mark your calendars for January 30 at 2 p.m. ET, when PM Solutions CEO J. Kent Crawford and President Bruce Miller will present some of the findings of our newest research study.Agility and Execution: What PM Processes Can Positively Impact Your Strategy Execution? takes a close look at the best practices revealed in the Strategy… Read More »

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 »

Jun 28, 2017

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

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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 »

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 »

Aug 8, 2016

Studying and Shaping Project Management: An Interview with J. Kent Crawford

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A few weeks ago, we shared an interview with Dr. Al Zeitoun, our new President in which he talked about the strategic planning we had recently completed, with a focus on the strategic value of project management (and thus of the services we provide, both in consulting and training). Today, we turn to Kent Crawford,… 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 »

Apr 18, 2016

Risky Business: PMI Study Charts a Dip in Project Success Rates

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Performance Measurement, Portfolio Management, Project Failure & Recovery, Project Management Events, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Research, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

Last week, our CEO Kent Crawford presented a webinar on strategies to recover troubled or failing projects to a large audience. The questions they submitted for the Q&A displayed just how much worry and stress failing projects create for project managers. We will be interviewing Kent on this blog, answering many of the… 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 »

Dec 1, 2015

Embedding Project Portfolio Management in Your Organization

Posted by in Project & Program Management, Portfolio Management, Project Management Events | 1 Comment

Project portfolio management was the theme of this year’s PMO Symposium. We outlined some of the key lessons learned here and there. In this post, we will look at the first three stages of how project portfolio processes are put into practice: assessment, improvement, and reporting/analysis.Project Portfolio AssessmentJust like any… Read More »

Nov 20, 2015

An Interview with John McIntyre of Ticketmaster International's PMO

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Human Capital, Performance Measurement, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Training | 0 Comments

All three of this year’s finalists share a business model of leveraging IT to deliver services. In the case of UK-based Ticketmaster International (TMI), the service they provide is … fun. Across 13 markets (not including the U.S.), TMI is there at the touch of a button to hook up fans with their… Read More »

Oct 12, 2015

How PMOs Are Changing to Cope with Resource Management Issues

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

My first introduction to the concept of a “project office” came in 2000, when I covered a Project Management Benchmarking Forum in Scottsdale, AZ for the newsletter then being published by this organization (The Best Practices Report). The forums were the brainchild of a University of Phoenix professor, Frank Toney, who regularly gathered practitioners… Read More »

Nov 19, 2014

A World-Class Portfolio Management Office Brings Stability to An Island Nation’s Economy

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

This past Monday was an historic day for the small Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic (DR); Luis Jose Bourget, director of The Central Bank’s Portfolio Management Office, traveled to Miami to accept accolades as a finalist in the PMO of the Year Award competition.As the first Latin American region finalist in… Read More »

Nov 14, 2014

The Process Side of EPPM Tool Implementations

Posted by Allen Young in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Portfolio Management | 0 Comments

While organizational change issues are, in my opinion, the most significant component of an EPPM tool implementation, the process issues are a close second. By process, I mean at two levels:First level processThe overall project and portfolio management discipline level, which the organization has adopted for itself. This includes:Project management methodology, which… Read More »

Oct 29, 2014

Don’t Be a “Fool with a Tool”: Lessons Learned from the EPPM Tool Trenches

Posted by Allen Young in Culture & Change Management, Demand Management, Portfolio Management, Project Failure & Recovery, Resource Optimization, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

PC-based project management software tools arrived on the scene in the early to mid-1980s; the first ones had crude graphics and reporting that was limited by today’s standards. The real value-add was the relational database network used to track a project schedule. For the first time, project managers could create a series… 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 »

Jun 3, 2014

Transformation, Strategy and Statistics: A Panel Discussion with Gartner and PMI

Posted by Johanna Mickel in Project & Program Management, Governance, Human Capital, Project Management Events, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Research, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

Today’s panel discussion at the Gartner PPM and IT Governance conference featured Matt Light and PMI’s CEO Mark Langley, along with two practitioners—Claire Rutkowski of MWH Global and James Brown. James is currently with Dupont Pioneer but in a previous role was director of the PMO at Rockwell Automation … Read More »

Jun 2, 2014

Managing Change, Realizing Value Take Center Stage at Gartner

Posted by Johanna Mickel in Culture & Change Management, Governance, Performance Measurement, Project Management Events | 0 Comments

I’m at the Gartner PPM and IT Governance Summit in National Harbor, MD, just outside Washington, DC and, looking back on the first day of keynotes and presentations, I recognize a familiar feeling: that it’s not so much that I heard anything new, as that Gartner analysts have a way of… 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 »

Feb 19, 2014

OCM, The People Side: Leverage the Champions of Change

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

Continuing to flesh out the areas I’d like to see expanded on in any OCM model, let’s take a look at how the PMO and its people contribute to—or impede—an organization’s “change-ability.”According to PM Solutions’ own research, the majority of firms… Read More »

Nov 13, 2013

PMO Symposium Attendees Agree: Organizational Change is the Big Threat/Opportunity for PMOs

Posted by Johanna Mickel | 0 Comments

I used to think "disruptive" was a bad word.But Kent Crawford set me straight yesterday during his presentation at the PMO Symposium, titled "The Disruptive PMO: Change, Innovate and Lead." It's not just that new technology can be disruptive, as discussed on the Forrester blog, but that disruptive innovations require a rethinking of… Read More »

Sep 23, 2013

PPM and the PMO: "The Logical Approach" says PM Solutions' Alan Fein

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

In our final interview addressing questions asked at our webinar covering the State of PPM 2012 research study, PM Solutions Managing Consultant Alan Fein addresses the appropriate organizational structures to support PPM. The research study contrasted PPM processes that were managed by the PMO as opposed to those managed by “the business” and numerous… Read More »

Sep 13, 2013

Resource Management and PPM Maturity: An Interview with John Casey, PMP

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

In our third interview in this series, we asked PM Solutions senior consultant John Casey to address webinar participants’ questions about resource management. (Missed the webinar? Click here.) We weren’t surprised that this was an area that drew many questions; in all our research studies over the years, resource management has loomed… 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 »

Aug 30, 2013

Measuring the Value of PPM: An Interview with J. Kent Crawford

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Portfolio Management, Project Management Events, Project Management Research | 0 Comments

Last week we kicked off a series of interviews with PM Solutions experts answering questions asked during our May webinar featuring The State of PPM 2013 – questions that we did not have time to answer during the event (note: the webinar is available for viewing here). This week, PM Solutions CEO J. Kent Crawford responded… Read More »

Aug 19, 2013

The Hows and Whys of the PPM Research

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Portfolio Management, Project Management Events, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Management Research | 0 Comments

In May, as a follow-on to our State of Project Portfolio Management 2013 study, we hosted a webinar featuring the study results that drew our largest audience ever, and which elicited hundreds of questions from attendees. Of course, in the limited time available during the webinar, only a few of those questions could be addressed. But… Read More »

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