Project Selection is The Most Important Decision
The first and most important decision in the life of the project is the ‘Go/No Go’ decision.
Most project management training assumes that a project has been approved and is worthwhile.
Project management consulting creates standards: the first standard should be a common format for proposing a potential project.
Terry Schmidt will present a must-see webinar about this critical topic. We’ve begun to introduce the Logical Framework in our project management training and it really works!!
Does Your Process Promote Leadership?
The PMO (Project Management Office) is full of processes, stages, gates, templates, and dashboards. No surprise.
If you were Dr. Frankenstein, you’d have all the pieces but would you have life?
Marco Velarde writes on project leadership at MPUG (Microsoft Project Users Group). He says great project managers “Love Project Management.”
I’ll buy that.
He also says they are confident. Check.
I’d add a few more that your PMO could support:
Seeking the truth.
Making decisions in the context of the project goal.
Trustworthy. Your team will work hard for a trustworthy leader. A leader has no use for B.S.
During project management training in Seattle for a bank, the hardworking people in class had important projects and they were willing to put the new techniques to work – but were suspicious of the PMO.
The PMO and all its processes are overhead. Unless the projects run faster with better results, the overhead is a waste.
Use that as your compass.
Need a Dashboard? Everyone Else Does Too.
During a recent Project Management Office Roundtable (PMOR) meeting in Seattle, the topic was dashboards.
Microsoft BI is starting to look like the runaway favorite. They follow Tableau’s lead, and they are closing quickly. As usual, BI is packaged with your other Microsoft product purchases, so it is easy to find and use.
Jason Westland published a blog on projectmanagement.com about PM Tools. It is worth a read. He’ll explain why you want a dashboard.
One takeaway that I shared during a recent project management training was that everyone wants two things in the dashboard:
Multi-project resource views
Multi-project progress overview
We can show you how to do both in SharePoint!!