“I want to thank you again for sharing your outstanding PMO content with us at Project Office Journal. I am being utterly sincere when I say it is the best stuff I’ve ever seen written on the subject of PMOs. It’s a pleasure to host your work!”

- John FrisciaEditor, Project Office Journal

“I love your writing style and perspective. Makes these topics super accessible, and your point of view clear. I also love the “no fluff” attitude. Keep these posts coming!”

Meredith PerpetuaProject Leader, Cutanea Life Sciences

“Thanks for well thought out issue and arguments. I wish PMI and corporations would take a note of these issues, as I start seeing strong usage of EVM as the main project indicator.”

Walid Elgamal Project / Program / IT development Manager, DoxPRO Consulting

“Another terrific blog entry! Thank you Laura for sharing.”

Mayte Mata-SiveraProject Manager

“Very good examples of stakeholder management! Thanks Laura”

Anne ComisHO Production Design and Execution Business Solutions

“Thanks Laura. Totally agree. Stakeholders want to see results, not details around process. Of course, under the covers there is a formal process, but the key is to make it simple, flexible, and easy to follow – proven with results first, not overwhelmed with details first. I like your reference of the actions your Program Manager friend took to show by results first. ”

Andrew CraigProject Manager

“Great insight about getting things done and helping us to keep our eye on the real objectives – results, not templates!”

Liana UnderwoodProgram Manager

“Great article Laura. My work in healthcare has definitely required me to speak their language around project management. I usually have to stick to “effective execution” to get their interest. Appreciate the thoughts!”

Crystal RichardsPrincipal Consultant

“I thoroughly enjoy all the information you are providing. I like how it addresses the “how to” instead of just providing ideas or theories.”

John Behnke

“I signed up for the news letter out of desperation to find a way to get a project sponsor to take responsibility for their critical role for a multi-million dollar project. I found great inspiration in your writings, Laura,and I am a big fan. Please keep it up. You continue to be a sanity check for me on a weekly basis.”

Timothy O’Brien

“I enjoy your matter-of-fact blog posts on how best to implement PMOs. Keep them coming!”

Stéphane Parent Senior Project Manager, MAXIMUS Charlottetown, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND,

“”Why Do PMOs Exist” is clear and concise, very interesting comments about PMO office. Thanks Laura.”

Heriberto Castillo PM Specialist, SGS de México, S.A. de C.V. TECAMAC, EM, Estado de México, Mexico

“Wow, what a great article (“Don’t Boil the Ocean”). Thank you so much can’t wait to read your next one.”

Ali Zaidan Projects Leader, Prime Source Group Dammam, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia

“If that (“Earned Value Management (EVM) is not enough”) doesn’t put it into perspective, nothing will! As an EVM advocate, I am in full agreement that those metrics only tell part of the story. But, I have never heard it stated as well as you just did. Thanks”

Mark Eckman

“Good article (“Setting Sponsor Expectations”) providing lots of insights into varying expectation of Sponsors”

RAJESH K L, PMPProject Manager, Bharat Electronics, Bengaluru, India BENGALURU

“To a great extent it’s true, I saw some PMO Managers immerse in processes and forget the aim from them. good article (“The problem with process: Why your projects and PMOs are failing before they ever get off the ground”). thank you.”

Ahmed AlMursi, PMPSr. Construction Planning & Scheduling Manager, Amlaak

“Very good Laura! I will share as usual (“Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders”). I definitely like the way you manage the “constantly negative stakeholders”: put them on the risk management committee!”

Seny Diakhate Program Manager, TCS Munich, Germany

” Good stuff Laura Barnard, PMP. Always challenging our thinking!” (commenting on “Does a PMO Need a Charter? Probably Not“)

Crystal RichardsProject Manager-Trainer- Management Consultant

“Good one Laura, believe me I am currently dealing with all these three scenarios (commenting on” Fight, Flight or Freeze – Resistance to Implementing PM Practices”). Being persistent to implement the required processes is the key. Thanks for sharing”

Krishna Pakki Gilbert

“Great relevant advice (SEE “Are You a project manager or IMPACT driver?”)”

Joe Andres - LI

“Very good Laura, very interesting article  (“Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders”).  Those interested in a project are of the most important things, thanks for that great contribution on the subject.”

Eduin Fernando Valdes AlvaradoProject Manager, F y F Fabricamos Futuro Villavicencio, Meta

“Also we should never forget, that we are talking to people and not companies (“Lesson in stakeholder management from Mr. Rogers”).”

Christian Sachs CEO, CactusCompetence OÜ Narbonne, France

“Great Post (“Lesson in stakeholder management from Mr. Rogers”), Laura. If only everybody would see it like this”

Christian SachsCEO, CactusCompetence OÜ Narbonne, France

“Thanks for guiding to use the negative ones (“Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders”) as risk management responsible lead. I will follow that.”

Ganesan Balaji PMP, RMP, PgMP LeadDubai, United Arab Emirates

“We have forgotten the art of fundamental communications (commenting on “Are you owning the project management process, or are they?”). At every level and at every encounter, how we position our interaction is crucial to optimizing the engagement among colleagues and associates. Adults want to be a part of the effort, the solution and contribute to the outcomes. Kids play, Right! Thank you Laura.”

Ronald M. AllenCEO/Founder, Managing Change LLC BROWNS MILLS, NJ, USA

A PMO that delivers IMPACT doesn’t need to sell. The results speak for themselves. That’s your goal. Let your IMPACT do the talking for you. I’m getting increasingly worried about what the “experts” are telling you to do to “get your PMO noticed.” I’ve read a few articles recently that say that PMO leaders must […]

Have you ever felt that uneasy, “Just great!” when you’ve been charged with creating a PMO or taking your PMO to the next level??  Where do you start? How do you garner the critical support necessary to ensure that your PMO can deliver IMPACT in a sustainable way?

The important role PMOs can and should be playing in project prioritization. The very important question, “How do we know we are doing the right projects?” is one that the PMO team should be able to answer through some very simple process and resources.

November is time of year to pause and give thanks.  It’s a time to remember and embrace those who enrich our lives.  We are thankful for the abundance of 2018 but most importantly, for the opportunity to work and collaborate with you.

Whether you are starting a PMO for the first time, trying to get your PMO back on track, or just want to ensure that your PMO is as high-IMPACT as possible, this 90-minute presentation will get right to the heart of what actually makes a difference, where you should start, and how to accelerate your PMO performance to deliver high-IMPACT outcomes for […]

If you are trying to setup or improve your PMO, you are likely starting by gathering resources. There are so many resources out there to choose from and frankly, Google can be a great place to start for many things we want to learn. Heck, I use it daily to answer life’s many questions. Where […]

You don’t have long to get it right… The days of being able to spend a year or two building PMO capability before delivering direct and clear IMPACT are long gone. Business leaders in the commercial sector are facing increasing challenges in competing in a marketplace that is moving at the speed of light. Those […]

The Project Management profession is shifting in some very important ways…are you ready? The world is seeing an accelerating speed of innovation as problem solver and change happening at an almost frenetic pace. Companies are going through transformations almost as a matter of course and it’s hard to keep up. But this is our golden […]

by Barbara Trautlein, Ph.D. You’ve heard of “IQ” – raw “intellectual” intelligence.  You’ve heard of “EQ” – emotional intelligence.  Yet, what about “CQ” – change intelligence?  Change is the only constant.  Reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, downsizing, job transitions – the modern workplace is replete with never-ending, dizzying changes. Yet, so many changes fail to achieve their lofty […]

The world of PMO can be confusing – there are so many possible responses when one reaches out for the magical answer that will solve all the organisational challenges, that for those entering into the industry it can be very overwhelming.

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