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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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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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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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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It seems everyone has a YouTube channel these days, but does video really have a place in your PMO? In almost all cases, the answer is yes. From documenting work processes to showing off your team’s project management prowess, videos can help you woo stakeholders, share information with end users, and even do a little PR. If you aren’t sure where to point the camera, here are some suggestions to get you started.
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Tough times may have led to a lot of staffing shakeups, plus put a damper on the size and scope of the projects management teams are managing. If your PMO’s post-recession image needs some polishing, we’ve put together a roadmap to take you into a brighter future.
Reintroduce your team. There’s a good chance at least one of your stakeholder segments doesn’t know who’s who anymore. Take this opportunity to tout each team member’s strengths and skills, and consider scheduling an afternoon meet-and-greet if it fits your organization’s culture. Building stakeholder support is often easier when they know your team as more than just photos on an intranet page.
Advertise recent successes. Projects might have been cut or postponed in the last few years, but you still have a lot of positive news to share. Pull out a few success stories and toot your own horn. Stakeholders are more willing to support new initiatives when they see your PMO was successful even during the darkest days. Team members will also be buoyed by recalling those challenging objectives they reached.
Outline the road ahead. Even if your PMO’s schedule isn’t as full as it used to be, it’s important for your team and its stakeholders to be looking forward. Be sure to send regular “what’s on the horizon” news blurbs, and send a quick update when new projects are added.
Clean up your lists. Make a break with what may have been a depressing past and update your distribution and communication lists. Delete anyone who’s no longer on the team and add new members. Update contact information for supporters, end users, and vendors as well. Remember to give some attention to your less formal communication channels, too—bulletin boards, department calendars and emergency contact lists should all be brought up to date.
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Taking the angst out of year-end can be a challenge (5-ways-to-make-year-end-less-stressful), but what about those new-year items that inevitably clog your radar? We’ve put together some tips to help with those, too.
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