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.
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.
The PMO Needs to Take a Stand On PMP Certification
PMP Certification is popular and requires 35 hours of project management training before you can sit for the exam.
PMP certification doesn't make sense for every person who leads a project. It is best for people who have committed to a career in project management. And even organizations that are strongly project-driven have opted not to value the PMP certification, choosing instead to promote project management training that builds skills and is aligned with their own processes.
The PMO should be an active participant in this ongoing discussion about the value and proper place the PMP certification holds in an organization. This video from www.pmi.org adds a personal perspective.