A PMO Should Promote Investment in Distance Communication Tools
When you attending project management in a live classroom, there is a lot of interaction. Hands-on project management training integrates your real-world projects and therefore you learn faster and are better able to put the learning to work.
But what if your team is actually never sitting down side-by-side, like you do when you attend project management training? That's when tools like www.GoToMeeting. and www.WebEx.com and www.Skype.com all make a huge impact.
If you wander through a www.Starbucks.com store, you are likely to see friends having a live online chat. They literally see each other and connect emotionally as though they were both sitting at the table. Of course, this type of conversation is more common among younger generations than older generations.
The PMO has a right and responsibility to think about communication technology for geographically distributed teams.
Does Your PMO Organize PMP Exam Preparation Classes?
The PMO should set the strategy for project management training. Is it skill development only? What is the value of PMP certification? This video from www.PMI.org has perspectives from certified PMPs.
Can Agile and Waterfall Development Methods Co-Exist?
During a recent project management class at Amazon, we discussed the benefits of traditional waterfall development methods vs agile. Both approaches have their strengths and weaknesses. The capable project manager - like the accomplished carpenter who can use a chain saw and a coping saw - knows both approaches and uses them appropriately.
The current edition of The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management committed a new chapter to this discussion in hopes of providing a better understanding. Watch the following helpful video from www.pmi.org.
Every PMO Must Address Multi-Project Resource Visibility
By the time you have a Project Management Office, there are many projects floating around your organization. And with many projects, comes the challenge of over-allocation of key people across multiple projects.
In Versatile's project management training in Seattle, online, and onsite, we explain how to resource load a project. This process can become magnified in difficulty as more and more projects are added.
Add enough projects and you'll have the classic resource traffic jam. Project management training won't solve this problem. You need a powerful tool like Microsoft Project Online or Microsoft Project Server. Fortunately, Versatile's Microsoft Project training gives you a glimpse of how Microsoft Project easily makes the solution visible. Check out the many resources that Microsoft Project Users Group has to help you solve this problem.
Include Requirements Management in Your Standards.
Your project management standards should be reinforced in the project management training you organize for the PMO and project managers in your organization.
Be sure to answer the key question answered by www.ProductPlan.com: What's the difference between Product Management and Project Management?
Most online project management training won't tell you how to set the requirements or product features, because that is outside the scope of project managers - that's what the product managers do!!
Keep Your Project Management Standards Simple and Practical.
Building good project management habits requires standards. But standards need to make it easier to manage projects, not more difficult.
Eric Uyttewaal offers some very practical guidelines on using Microsoft Project. He should know. He has delivered Microsoft Project training for decades.
Versatile provides Microsoft Project Training in Seattle, online, and onsite. We agree with Eric. Keep it practical. Success comes from discipline, not complexity.