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.