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Is Governance helping you or slowing you down?

Jim Lombardi

We've worked with many organizations that have put in place some fairly mature project management processes and implemented what they call 'Governance'. While we 100% support the practice of providing a defined process around project, program and portfolio management we have detected a trend in organizations experiencing some unintended consequences of governance. Specifically, adopting a 'one size fits all' model to governance can be detrimental to the organization and to the PMO. By forcing all projects to conform to a rigid standard of controls (governance) we risk slowing down the execution of projects and overburdening them with too much process....

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Monthly Subscription Plans Now Available

Jim Lombardi MPMM

Method123 has introduced affordable monthly subscription plans for our award-winning project management methodology software - MPMM. Starting at just $10/month customers can subscribe to our 3 most popular editions - Educational, Standard, and Professional. Sign up today and manage projects more easily and effectively than ever before!

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Project with Unrealistic Budget

Jim Lombardi

Be Proactive Managing a Project with Unrealistic Budget If you are a project manager dealing with what you perceive to be an unrealistic budget, the first thing you will want to do is discuss this with your sponsor to see if there are any factors that are driving the project budget. For instance, there may be budgetary restrictions. If you are a vendor, it is possible your sales people committed to a fixed price for the project. In some cases your manager or sponsor might set an arbitrary budget without much justification. It does not necessarily make your challenge any...

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Risk Analysis can help right-size project governance and structure.

Jim Lombardi

Risk Analysis can help right-size project governance and structure.

One of the most frequently debated questions we have seen in today's PMO environment is that of "How much is enough process, governance and oversight"? Business managers want to be nimble and responsive and sometimes have little appetite for what they perceive as the bureaucracy of the PMO office. Project team members and SMEs may likewise feel like they are being slowed down by complying with the methodology of the PMO. To all sides of this argument, we say "Yes! You can make reasonable compromises to reduce project overhead." It all comes down to Risk management and how much tolerance you have...

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How to Demonstrate the Value of PM Training - a 4 step process

Jim Lombardi

Many businesses struggle with demonstrating that they are getting their money’s worth in sending employees to training classes. This question can be applied to project management training as well as any other type of business training. You know the cost side of training too well. But how do you tell what the business value is? "All organizations train their people, and most spend significant sums doing so. Yet they generally don’t have any idea whether they’re getting any business value from training. Beyond teaching new employees the specifics of their jobs, most companies train staff in areas such as leadership, communications,...

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