“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

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