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11 Apr, 2021

094: The Right Way to Rescue a Project

2021-04-16T12:26:05-04:00April 11th, 2021|PMO Practices|

Welcome to the PMO Strategies Podcast + Blog, where PMO leaders become IMPACT Drivers! PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership Hey there, IMPACT Driver! You know that feeling when you are called in to rescue a project and you get to be the hero? The adrenaline is pumping, the stress is on, and you gotta admit...this is fun...at least a little. :) You probably also realize that when you act as a firefighter, again and again, you are letting your project people off the hook of learning better behaviors that will ensure [...]

4 Apr, 2021

093: Dealing with Process Resistance

2021-04-16T12:21:02-04:00April 4th, 2021|PMO Practices|

Welcome to the PMO Strategies Podcast + Blog, where PMO leaders become IMPACT Drivers! PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership Hey there, IMPACT Driver! This is the final episode of the three-part series on implementing project management practices in an organization.  In Episode 091, we talked about how important timing is when implementing PM practices. In Episode 092, we covered who should own the PM and PMO processes.  Once we get those critical components right, and if we're still having challenges with resistance to PM best practices, we can turn to these [...]

10 Jan, 2021

081: The Most Important PMO Habit

2021-01-10T20:53:32-05:00January 10th, 2021|Laura's PMO Articles Only, PMO Practices|

Welcome to the PMO Strategies Podcast + Blog, where PMO leaders become IMPACT Drivers! PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management Hey there, IMPACT Driver!  What if I told you there was ONE critical habit that the most successful PMOs have that will guarantee PMO success now and into the future? Would you believe me? Would you say, "Yeah, but she doesn't know the way things work in my organization"?  2020 was a wild year and while many PMOs were struggling just to get noticed or to keep the chaos under [...]

21 Nov, 2020

The PMO: The Best Kept Secret to Business Agility

2020-11-21T17:46:56-05:00November 21st, 2020|Building a PMO, PMO Practices, PMO Startup|

In times of crisis, many business leaders will underestimate the role a PMO can play in driving just-in-time business decisions that are critical when companies need to respond and adapt to increasingly uncertain market conditions. The role of the PMO is now more than ever a crucial function that is well-positioned to arm business leaders with the information and resources to guide the going-forward strategy that must be defined as quickly as the environment is shifting. In some organizations, PMO leaders have found themselves in a reactionary state trying to respond to ad hoc questions, while other PMO leaders [...]

1 Nov, 2020

072: Top Skills for PMO and PM Leaders with Elise Stevens

2021-01-03T17:38:55-05:00November 1st, 2020|Building a PMO, Laura's PMO Articles Only, PMO Practices, Professional Skills|

Welcome to the PMO Strategies Podcast + Blog, where PMO leaders become IMPACT Drivers! PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management Hey there, IMPACT Driver! Before the chaos of 2020, there were changes in the air with our roles in the Project Management industry. Business leaders were beginning to expect more out of their project teams and those that were the most successful in the eyes of their business leaders had a seat at the table in driving not just outputs on projects, but the outcomes needed for the organization [...]

25 Oct, 2020

071: New PMO Role? Do This First

2021-01-03T17:36:36-05:00October 25th, 2020|Building a PMO, Laura's PMO Articles Only, PMO Practices|

Welcome to the PMO Strategies Podcast + Blog, where PMO leaders become IMPACT Drivers! PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management Hey there, IMPACT Driver! This episode is dedicated to the many people that have reached out to me recently saying that they've just been hired to new PMO roles and believe the guidance I shared with them helped give them an edge over the competition. It warms my heart and inspired me to share some insights and ideas with you to consider if you're looking for a new role [...]

18 Oct, 2020

070: 5 Ways to Rescue Your PMO Fast

2021-01-03T17:47:08-05:00October 18th, 2020|Laura's PMO Articles Only, PMO Pivot, PMO Practices|

Welcome to the PMO Strategies Podcast + Blog, where PMO leaders become IMPACT Drivers! PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management Hey there, IMPACT Driver! Many times when my new students come to me they are in desperate need of some help rescuing their PMO quickly so that they don't end up on the chopping block come budget time.  It can be a very stressful place to be AND you may not even know how close you are to being reassigned, replaced, or having the PMO disbanded completely. Now, I [...]

30 Aug, 2020

063: Applying a Disciplined Agile Mindset to the PMO with Scott Ambler

2021-01-03T17:45:22-05:00August 30th, 2020|Methods, Podcast|

Welcome to the PMO Strategies Podcast + Blog, where PMO leaders become IMPACT Drivers! PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management Hi, there IMPACT Drivers! Have you heard of Disciplined Agile? I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Scott Ambler, the Vice President, Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile at the Project Management Institute (PMI) and he’s introduced me to Disciplined Agile and I LOVE IT! It’s the perfect approach to putting common sense into common practice. It’s not a framework or methodology, but more of a toolkit of guidance and [...]

2 Aug, 2020

059: Agile PPM with Tim Short

2021-01-03T17:48:55-05:00August 2nd, 2020|Podcast, Project Portfolio Management|

Welcome to the PMO Strategies Podcast + Blog, where PMO leaders become IMPACT Drivers! PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management This is a fun episode with Tim Short, Senior Vice President of Global Operations for KeyedIn. Tim and I talk about our long histories in PMOs and project management and the evolution we've seen for PMOs and project management. Back in the 90s, we saw projects managed in a much more step-by-step approach. Today, organizations must embrace organizational agility and learn to shift quickly as the needs of our customers are shifting. This [...]

12 Jul, 2020

056: Elevating Your PM Career with David Barrett

2021-01-03T17:38:58-05:00July 12th, 2020|Podcast, Professional Skills|

Welcome to the PMO Strategies Podcast + Blog, where PMO leaders become IMPACT Drivers! My colleague and PMO IMPACT Summit David Barrett joins us today to talk about what it takes to take YOUR career to the next level. If you've been curious how your business leaders think about project management and the PMO, your role in the organization, and what they're looking for in the next generation of project leaders - the ones that will get tapped when the next big project needs to be done.  In this episode, you’ll learn: what we [...]