Category Archives: Project Management Office

Stop Burning Money: Learning From JPMC’s Financial Mistakes


If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you know that for some time we’ve been discussing project management in the largest possible sense. For many, project management is all about managing the schedule and budget of a project. … Continue reading

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PMO Basics: More About Risk And Financial Crises


In our last blog we talked about Basel III and the need for better risk identification and quantification by international financial institutions. Today, we’re going to continue with this theme and look at the cyclical process that the financial markets … Continue reading

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PMO Basics: Understanding Basel III


If you work in a financial institution, big changes are on the way. Lessons learned from the financial collapse of the past few years, has led to new thinking about how financial institutions need to operate. Or maybe it’s old … Continue reading

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The General Electric Turnaround: Why We Can’t All Be Jack Welch!


Jack Welch is perhaps the world’s best known improvement guru. His transformation of GE not only took genius, it took guts and determination to convince a company that was doing pretty darn well that it had to do better. Not … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: How To Share & Be Happy


In our last Blog we spoke about the issues that drive the services produced by a shared services group. We talked about six issues that define the functions, cost and billing of shared services. Today, we’re going to take the … Continue reading

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PMO Basics: Six Secrets For Efficient Shared Services


Every big corporation manages multiple shared services. Shared services are often a bit mysterious to a PMO, and improvement projects are sometimes overly complex. It is difficult enough to provide a service that can keep a single client happy, a … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: 8 Lessons Learned About Outsourcing


In our last “PMO Basics,” we covered the reasons and methods for building a lessons learned file. Today, we’re going to apply lessons learned to Outsourcing. Why single out outsourcing? There are several good reasons. First, the recent wave of  … Continue reading

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PMO Basics: Building Your Lessons Learned File


Ask different project managers and get different reasons why project management and the PMO is important. For me, communication provides PM’s greatest value, and building a lessons learned file is one of the most valuable (and overlooked) communications practices. Project … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: Massive Savings Hidden In Documents


Today’s best solution often cause tomorrow’s biggest problem. Consider the baby diaper, the humble nappy. Pampers, the first practical disposable diaper, was introduced in 1961. Like any new product it was a less than perfect solution. They used wood pulp … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: Developing A TAR Pilot Project


Project managers are taught that the most expensive method of resolving a dispute is litigation. Yet the number of corporate lawsuits keeps rising, as does the number of documents in each lawsuit. If you’ve never worked with a legal review … Continue reading

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