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“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

How to Measure PMO Performance

We are already prepping for our February webinar! And this month, we are talking about how to measure the performance of your PMO. Pretty important stuff, right? Think about it for a minute, how do you know if your PMO is providing the intended organizational IMPACT?

What is a Project Management Center of Excellence and does it belong in the PMO?

Is a Project Management Center of Excellence (PM COE) a function of a PMO or is it its own entity? Yes. It all depends on your goals.

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PMO vs. Agile: Can’t we all just get along?

It seems that no matter which side of the line you come down on, people feel very strongly about the way an organization should go about getting projects done. If you are in the PMO or Agile camp, historically, you haven’t seen eye to eye on which approach is best. Is it best to have […]

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Free Training: How to Setup a PMO

I am excited to announce this month’s FREE training! Can you join us? We are learning how to set up a PMO, and guess what? These are free PDUs!

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10 Steps to Ensure Project Rescue Success

It can be a sticky situation to rescue a project that is struggling to meet the business needs. Here are some quick tips on how to ensure that the process is as productive as possible and you get that project back on track quickly.

Things to Stop Doing in the New Year

At the start of each year, many of us make our to-do list of things we want to accomplish. On that list, we often put many professional goals or areas we are hoping to grow in the new year. We start the year all excited with our lists and then…reality happens.  Other priorities get in […]

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2017: Year in Review

Are you spending the last day of most holiday vacations traveling, tossing, or turning? Well, boredom and monkey-mind be banished! Put your travel time to good use by catching up on what you might have missed in 2017, learn new ways to drive IMPACT in your organization and careers.

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Top 5 of 2017

It’s always fascinating to go back through the numbers and data and determine where the biggest IMPACT was made. This is especially true when approaching a benchmark such as the new year. My team and I took a look at all of the data sources on social media and the IMPACT site to determine which resources […]

The Big Credibility Differentiator

We’ve all been there. We make a commitment to do so something for someone (or for ourselves) and then life gets in the way and it just doesn’t happen. I’m having one of those days today. There are good reasons that I didn’t get things done like I wanted to, but if I’m not super […]

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Did You Know That Project Management Can Change the World?

Business leaders: Have you ever wondered the real value of the Project Management profession? Project managers: Are you a project manager who knows darn well your value and wishes others would see just how valuable you are? Are you sick of having your entire career called the accidental profession? Everyone: Do you wish there was a more meaningful way […]

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 more than 2 decades. 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.

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Laura

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