You already know how to take the stress out of year-end (5-ways-to-make-year-end-less-stressful), but even experienced PMOs sometimes overlook crucial details. If these items aren’t on your radar right now, you might be setting your team up for problems.
If things don’t seem to be going well for your group, it could be because folks are in need of some guidance. We’ve put together a list of signs that a team is lacking strong direction, and if any of these look familiar, check out our suggestions for fixing an out-of-control PMO (fixing-an-out-of-control-pmo).
Project managers regularly need to cooperate—with end users, budget approvers, vendors, regulators, sometimes even competitors. But unless your team is vigilant, that cooperation has the potential to backslide into capitulation, where you’re sacrificing success to achieve harmony (or, at the very least, to avoid a fight). Learn to spot the signs that your cooperative strategy might be sinking your team’s chances of achieving project success.
There are a number of ways to promote creativity (kick-your-creativity-killers-to-the-curb), but getting any brainstorming event off on the right foot is one surefire to get your team’s creative juices flowing. Below are 6 tips to help you set the right tone for your group.
We’ve covered some of the reasons your stakeholders (reasons-your-stakeholders-are-unhappy) and end users (reasons-your-end-users-are-unhappy) may be unhappy, but what about the people in your PMO? Many of their concerns translate into wider issues, so take a minute to see if there are problems your team might be facing. We’ve also included some tips on overcoming these obstacles before they do any more damage.
Soliciting feedback (project-management-leveraging-user-surveys) from your end users at the end of every project is a great way find out how your PMO is doing and what they can do better (reasons-your-end-users-are-unhappy). But unless you’ve put some thought into which questions you put in front of end users, you might be missing out on an opportunity to improve customer satisfaction. A lack of follow up could also result in some portion of your project going unfinished, or you could have created new problems for users that you don’t even know about. We’ve put together a list of 5 questions to give you a good head start on gathering useful information.
We’ve looked at ways to make a decision you can live with when no perfect solution exists (3-ways-to-make-a-decision-you-can-live-with) and warning signs that you’re on the path to making the wrong decision (4-warning-signs-youre-making-the-wrong-decision), but what can you do if you still end up selecting the wrong path? Below are some strategies to recover from a bad decision without destroying your prospects for ultimate success.
Hurricane season is upon us, and while the news channels are showing footage of storm surge and downed palm trees, there are also a number of project management lessons we can learn from watching how humans interact with Mother Nature’s worst storms.
We’ve looked at some of the mistakes PMOs make when it comes to training (training-mistakes-most-pmos-make) and (4-more-training-mistakes-pmos-make), but there are also things that set great training programs apart from those that are just average. If you want to take your team’s training to the next level, check out these strategies.
We’ve talked about ways to generate good publicity for your PMO (more-tips-for-good-project-management-pr), but some project pros aren’t convinced they need to worry about PR—that’s someone else’s job, right? Wrong! Take a look at the range of benefits your PMO can reap from some careful and consistent cheerleading.
If your PMO has gone through a difficult time—maybe it was the poor economy or perhaps you’ve had a number of personnel transitions—a good reinvention strategy will often get your image back on track (reinvent-your-pmo). But before you map out your plans to reintroduce your team to the world, be sure you aren’t committing one of these common blunders.
An open house event is a great way to unveil a finished project and generate some positive PR for your team. Earlier we offered some tips on holding a great open house (How to Hold a Great Open House), but before you finalize your plans, read through this list of don’ts to be sure you haven’t become your own worst enemy.
We’ve talked about when establishing a focus group makes sense (should-you-establish-a-focus-group) and how to make focus groups work for you (making-focus-groups-work-for-you), but it’s also important to understand the limitations of focus groups. There are things they can’t do, and your efforts will be wasted if you’re hoping for something unrealistic. We’ve put together an overview of some of the problems focus groups just don’t solve.
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It explains why you should have one, what it takes to get one up and running and the best practices you should know about!
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A while ago we talked about some of the project management skills PMs were adding to their toolbox (which-project-management-skills-should-i-be-learning-right-now). If you’re interested in developing new expertise or talents but are having a tough time figuring out where to go for more information, we have some tips to help get you started.
Project teams are gradually seeing budgets increase and projects restart, leading some to begin recruiting to replenish their ranks. We’ve already covered ways PMOs can attract good talent (attract-good-talent), but for teams just getting back into the recruiting groove, here are some quick fundamentals to make the process efficient and productive.
We’ve already talked about why it isn’t necessary to see eye to eye to still be a successful project team (project-management-teamwork-when-good-confrontation-goes-bad) and (5-tips-to-neutralize-personality-conflicts-within-your-team), but if conflict is disrupting your PMO, maybe it’s time to dig into why folks aren’t getting along. Determining your team’s triggers could help you find a way to channel useless bickering and unnecessary disagreements toward more productive discussions.