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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

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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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What is Kanban?

Jim Lombardi

What is Kanban?

Kanban is a visual system for managing work as it moves through a process. Kanban visualizes both the process (the workflow) and the actual work passing through that process. The goal of Kanban is to identify potential bottlenecks in your process and fix them so work can flow through it cost-effectively at optimal speed or throughput.   The 3 core practices of the Kanban method are: Visualize your Workflow Limit Work in Progress (WIP) Manage Flow & Eliminate Wasted Resources The Kanban Method is a process to gradually improve whatever you do – whether it is software development, IT/ Ops,...

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Project with Unrealistic Budget

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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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