Starting From Scratch? Read This Book!
“I'm a Sr PM/BA at a small software company. When I got there they had a backlog of 1.5 yrs worth of projects, no processes, no schedule and a dysfunctional manager of the Prof Serv group. While I was plugged in to just get projects started, software installed and attempt to keep customers from canceling agreements, I also started looking at the bigger picture of repeatable methodologies for these projects. I don't have PMP cert but do have 20 yrs experience in project management. This book was excellent at discussing and mapping out strategies for starting, running and closing projects using PMI-approved tactics. “
Yep. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management
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!!