5 SIGNS YOUR PMO NEEDS DIRECTION

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).

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BEWARE EXCESSIVE COOPERATION

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.

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6 TIPS TO START YOUR BRAINSTORMING SESSION OFF RIGHT

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.

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REASONS YOUR PROJECT TEAM IS UNHAPPY

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.

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5 QUESTIONS TO INCLUDE ON AN END USER SURVEY

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.

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HOW TO RECOVER FROM A BAD DECISION

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.

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Secrets of Good Project Management Training Programs

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.

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WHAT GOOD PR CAN DO FOR YOUR PMO

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.

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When Image Makeovers Go Bad

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.

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WHAT FOCUS GROUPS CAN’T DO

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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All About PMO’s Infographic

Check out our latest infographic: “All about PMO’s”

It explains why you should have one, what it takes to get one up and running and the best practices you should know about!

Here is a link to another PMO infographic we made (The Function of a PMO)

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Download a copy and share it with other Project Managers! HERE

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

At the beginning of the year we outlined some resolutions PMOs might consider making. If you took the challenge, it’s time for a mid-year progress check. But what if you haven’t made as much headway as you hoped? We’ve put together a “fast track to success” tip for each resolution to help you move forward right now.

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Reasons Your Stakeholders Are Unhappy

A while ago we talked about reasons your end users might be unhappy (reasons-your-end-users-are-unhappy), but what about your stakeholders? Their reputation could be affected by your PMO’s actions—before, during and after the project—and they often have their own perspective on what success looks like. Your team could be inadvertently cultivating displeased supporters if you…

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8 WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR PROJECT IS HEADED FOR DISASTER

Do you have a nagging feeling deep down that something isn’t right with your project, but you aren’t sure if it’s time to raise the alarm within your PMO? Earlier we talked about common project mistakes (6-project-mistakes-every-company-makes), but the warning flags below often indicate you’re closer to disaster than you think. If any of these sound familiar, take action now.

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Where Can I Learn New Project Management Skills?

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.

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Recruiting Tips

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.

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Why Can’t We Get Along?

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.

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