MUSING FROM THE SQUAD

6 Ways to Develop a Project Management Growth Mindset pm pmo project management Jun 22, 2022

Things grow. Babies learn to walk, plants grow flowers, puppies play fetch. Growth is everywhere and a natural part of life. That is, until we look inside our organizations. Do you find that your project management, PMO leadership, or organizational development skills are stagnant? Are you doing...

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The Beatles Were Resource Managers resource management Jun 07, 2022

Help! I need somebody. 

Help! Not just anybody. 

Help! You know I need someone. Ooh. 

Clearly, The Beatles were in a hot labor market when they wrote this song. It’s good to know that John, Paul, George, and Ringo were able to work things out. Many organizations today...

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Move a Project From Red to Green in 4 Ways pmo project management May 25, 2022

Ah, the ubiquitous colors of red, yellow, and green. Not only do they keep traffic around the globe running smoothly, they often indicate project health on status reports: 

  • Red - The project has hit a serious roadblock(s), and no clear plan is in place to hit the date. 
  • Yellow - The...
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5 Steps to Conduct Amazing Annual Performance Reviews career May 24, 2022

Why are we talking about doing annual performance reviews now, when they are typically done at the end of a year? Because reviewing an employee’s performance is something that managers should be doing all year long. The paperwork at the end of the year becomes just a formality that...

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5 Areas to Check NOW as a PMO Leader to Finish Strong by Year End leadership pmo project management May 11, 2022

Spring is in the air! Leaves are green, gardens are planted, and the smell of fresh cut grass is all around. The yellow haze of pollen is behind us and May flowers are on the way. Before you know it, you’ll be in your driveway shoveling snow! 

Wait, what? What happened to summer and...

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Project Management Spring Cleaning pmo project management May 10, 2022

Now that spring is here, it's the perfect time to deep clean our homes to keep ourselves and families healthy, organized and happy. Spring cleaning is not merely tidying things up, but rather a concerted and deliberate effort to go from room to room and tackle jobs that may not have gotten done...

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Understanding Your Organization's Project Management Journey pmo project management Apr 18, 2022

Your child is a teenager now and anxious to drive. This is both an exciting and scary time. It’s exciting because you look forward to sending them on last minute trips to the grocery store and them being able to drive themselves to school. It’s scary because, well, they’re...

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Include These Four Change Ability Factors in Your Next Project change management project management Apr 05, 2022

During a recent podcast episode of Great Practices entitled Changes and How to Manage them with your PMO, Larry Mohl, Chief Transformation Officer at Rali, shared the change management framework he has been assembling for decades. He highlighted four Change Ability factors from this framework...

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Ensure Your Project Makes a Difference With These 3 Questions change management project delivery Apr 01, 2022

How would you feel if you spent the last 12 months managing a project and absolutely nothing changed upon completion? Your team spent Herculean effort to get it done, and you put in long days and sleepless nights. But, upon reflection, there wasn’t even a glimmer of something new,...

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The One Thing You Must Do to Finish Your Projects project delivery project management Mar 23, 2022

You’re cruising down the highway towards your favorite vacation spot. You can’t wait to unpack the car and spend time with the family, and for everyone to unwind. That’s when you notice it. For several hours, you kept a steady pace of 75 MPH, but are now down to 60 MPH. A few...

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3 Ways to Stop Inflation from Eroding Your Project Management Skills career project management project management training Mar 18, 2022

Inflationary times, like the world is currently experiencing, erode the value of money. As inflation goes up, buying power goes down. That means the same amount of money at the beginning of the year will buy less goods and services at the end of the year. Put another way, you’ll need to...

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Is a Project Management Certificate Worth It? certification pmo joe pmp training Mar 03, 2022

Project Management professionals can invest countless hours and thousands of dollars as well as enduring tremendous stress trying to earn a PMP or other project management certification. The application process can be tedious and time consuming. The test is challenging and stressful. You've been...

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