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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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May 20, 2009

Overheard at the Summit

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Governance, Performance Measurement, Project Management Office (PMO), Site News | 3 Comments

Eavesdropping on the attendees at the CBP Summit here in sunny Cambridge, Mass yielded the following gems:"Project management is like a 'black art' to the executives ... no one understands how it works. They kind of want it but are scared of it at the same time.""This merger is a little different, because they... Read More »

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Eavesdropping on the attendees at the CBP Summit here in sunny Cambridge, Mass yielded the following gems:"Project management is like a 'black art' to the executives ... no one understands how it works. They kind of want it but are scared of it at the same time.""This merger is a little different, because they... Read More »

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May 19, 2009

Blogging with Biotech

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Portfolio Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Resource Optimization, Strategy Execution | 0 Comments

The Center for Business Practices' Strategy & Projects Summit is in full swing this morning, here in Cambridge Mass ... I'm blogging with a view of the Charles River, which is a nice change. And, speaking of change: the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council's here with us, listening to my CEO Kent Crawford do his presentation... Read More »

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The Center for Business Practices' Strategy & Projects Summit is in full swing this morning, here in Cambridge Mass ... I'm blogging with a view of the Charles River, which is a nice change. And, speaking of change: the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council's here with us, listening to my CEO Kent Crawford do his presentation... Read More »

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May 14, 2009

The Soft Side of Practicing Hard Skills

Posted by in Culture & Change Management, Project & Program Management, Performance Measurement, Resource Optimization, Site News | 4 Comments

Debbie's comment regarding improved employee morale being an ancillary benefit of project management brings to mind a discussion I had with a client CIO last year who had been wondering about measuring the benefits of the project management and portfolio management methodologies he had introduced into his organization. Naturally he was thinking about &ldquo... Read More »

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Debbie's comment regarding improved employee morale being an ancillary benefit of project management brings to mind a discussion I had with a client CIO last year who had been wondering about measuring the benefits of the project management and portfolio management methodologies he had introduced into his organization. Naturally he was thinking about &ldquo... Read More »

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Apr 27, 2009

Agility Happens!

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management | 5 Comments

... how's that for a bumper sticker? All kidding aside, my friend and colleague Karen White pinged me the other day to tell me to visit the CEO's blog on the PMI website (it's in our blogroll - check it out). As the author of the 2008 CBP book Agile Project Management, Karen was... Read More »

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... how's that for a bumper sticker? All kidding aside, my friend and colleague Karen White pinged me the other day to tell me to visit the CEO's blog on the PMI website (it's in our blogroll - check it out). As the author of the 2008 CBP book Agile Project Management, Karen was... Read More »

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