Monthly Archives: January 2012

PMO Genius: Time To Open The “Office of Email”


Not too long ago we looked at Atos, an $11 Billion IT firm that decided to kill email. They did considerable internal research and concluded that rather than contributing to profitability, email is a massive drain on profitability and needs … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: How To Negotiate like a PAWN Star


Project management is all around us. We see it all the time, but it doesn’t necessarily register as project management. One of the most common elements of project management…. Or just plain old management… is negotiation. Very few of us have been … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: Top 10 Ways To Deliver Influential Presentations


If you run a PMO, you need to know more than just project management. You need to be able to influence the top decision makers in your organization, and drive change. Some of this influencing is informal, and achieve in … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: Quantifying The Benefits of Happiness – A Focus On SECRETARIES (PART 2)


In our last blog we looked at how secretaries evolved into administrative assistants. This transition was driven by changes in technology (word processing, email,  voice mail, etc.) and changes in the labor market (women with college degrees didn’t want to … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: Increase Happiness AND Productivity… Look At Secretaries (PART 1)


Secretaries… do you still use that term? Years ago, when “secretary” became synonymous with, “We’re paying you less because you’re  a woman”, the title became an insult. Corporations changed the title to “administrative assistant,” but not much else changed. This … Continue reading

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4th Sigma: Decompose Now And Projects Won’t Go Bad Later!


Long time readers of this Blog are familiar with my “4th Sigma” series on building simpler, easy to implement process improvement. I’ve argued against training for (and using) all of the tools that Six Sigma offers. It’s not that the … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: 8 People Projects For 2012!


Will 2012 be the year of people projects? Over the past few years, changes in the economy have driven changes in business models. However, this has largely been a reactive change, without a clear plan for changing staffing in the … Continue reading

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