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What to Look for When Hiring a PMO/PM Consultant

It’s hard to know where to start when you are tasked with building or optimizing (and yes, sometimes rescuing) your PMO or PM practice in your organization. Maybe people will turn to consultants, and for good reason, they are the experts at this, right? Well, maybe. It depends on who you hire. But how do […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Outsource Your PMO

In the consulting side of my business, I’m often called upon to help build or rescue a PMO for an organization. Sometimes, the CEO that calls me says they are considering outsourcing the company’s PMO. While this might be the dream situation for many consulting firms out there, I’ll tell you why, as a consultant, I’m […]

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Focus Driven Change: Change Management Lessons from Ordinary Life

JPEG image-A3FC7035728E-1I was recently asked to speak at my son’s school on behalf of a wonderful program he has been a part of for the last two years. The parents in this school have a choice to make about where they send their children to participate in this program. They can keep their children at their districted school or bus them to another school that has the same program. I was asked to speak about my experience in that program, my son’s experience, and how we made the decision to stay at the home school.

There were so many reasons that we chose to stay, but there was an important one that I thought was worth sharing with you. The sense of community, the wonderful principle, the amazing teachers, and the fact that he would be able to stay with his friends, were all very important decision points. However, there was one that came from my experience as a change management expert, helping people deliver change in organizations in the most effective and sustainable way possible.

Ultimately, what made the decision to keep our son in the home school for this program was leveraging one of my favorite change management techniques: pick one thing.

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Top 10 Mistakes PMO / PM Leaders are Making (and how to solve them TODAY)

I built my first PMO in the 90s (yes, in the last century!) and the truth is that I had no idea what I was doing! BUT, I had a Get. It. Done. attitude and a desire to learn and boy did I learn! A lot. I made a lot of mistakes and I learned […]

The Project Doesn’t Start at Charter

When asked, many project managers will say that the beginning of the project is when the charter is written. Historically, this is the case, from their perspective. But that’s why we have so many disconnects between our leadership that is devising these great strategies and the project delivery processes.

Are you owning the project management process, or are they?

Have you ever heard a stakeholder on your project say, “I’m completing the template you guys asked me to complete?” Or maybe you’ve heard, “I’m completing the steps in your process.” Do you know what’s wrong with both of those sentences? They didn’t say “our,” they said “your.” Sometimes we think we’ve done a good […]

Fight, Flight or Freeze – Resistance to Implementing PM Practices

Have you struggled with getting your PMO setup or with getting PM practices in place in your organization? It may not be the best practices themselves, but the way you are going about implementing them that causes the problem.

Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS®) 2017

Board of Directors of Project Management for Change: Laura Barnard, Mike Hannan, Kendall Lott, Marcus Parker; Ms. Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National Community Service; nonprofit participants On January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King Day, a national day of service, over 250 project management volunteers came together to help launch over 50 critical […]

“Be More Strategic”

Have you ever been told that you need to be more strategic? Did you think to yourself, “Geez, I thought I was being strategic!” What the heck does it mean to be strategic, anyway, and how do you know if you are doing it?

Champion Your Passion

Author: Jeffrey Coleman, PMP – President and CEO of Illumnovate®, LLC Have you found yourself sitting at your desk, or in deep thought at the water cooler or in the meeting conference room (while you are listening to someone’s rhetoric or a bunch of colleagues vehemently debating on an issue) asking yourself one (or many) […]

I’ve made it my mission to share with you everything that I have learned while creating change in both large and small organizations for the last 20 years. Change isn’t easy, but it CAN be done. It can even be done the right way, the first time…AND FAST if you learn to leverage and act on your own experience and that of others that are willing to share. I’m hoping this information helps you along your journey as we share our insights, ideas, and information.
Laura Barnard, PMP

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