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6 Ways to Increase the Success of Your Projects Jul 06, 2022

As you settle into your seat on the flight, the voice of the pilot comes across the loudspeaker: “We’d like to welcome you onboard Flight 67 today,” he says. “We’ll be taking off in about 10 minutes. Winds are light and from the east, and we have just over a 50%...

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Understanding the Five Bases of Power Jun 29, 2022

A manager and employee were in the middle of their weekly one-on-one. When the manager gave some direction that seemed a bit unusual to the employee, she reasonably and honestly asked “why.” The manager responded, “Yours is not to ask why, yours is to do. If you must know,...

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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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Don’t Let the Hiring Window of Opportunity Slam Shut  hiring pmo resource management teams Jun 15, 2022

You’ve needed a Project Manager for your PMO team for nearly a year. Today you received great news. The organization has finally approved the request to bring a new PM on board! 

Do you: 

  1. Add this to the bottom of your To Do list, 
  2. Get around to hiring them eventually, or...
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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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Ask These 4 Questions at Your Next Project Debrief career pm pmo project management May 02, 2022

The Blue Angels airshow is an example of aviation precision and excellence. Despite what appears to be flawless execution, mistakes occur during every show. Even the smallest mistake could be disastrous when you are flying three feet apart at hundreds of miles per hour. 

That’s why the...

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Project Management 911 pm pmo project delivery project management Apr 25, 2022

A crowd gathered around the man lying on the floor in the terminal at the airport, who hadwalked out of a store and collapsed. A few good Samaritans immediately started tending to him, one of whom yelled into the crowd, “Somebody call 911!” No one moved. Frustrated, and with more...

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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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