PMO Development

Why Power Plant Projects need Real-Time Status Updates

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Information is one of the core pillars underpinning every successful project. With the evolution of technology and more compute power available than ever before, there’s little reason centers of excellence should continue to rely on data that may be days or even weeks old when it comes to identifying potential issues, forecasting activity schedules, making strategic decisions, and pouncing on opportunities in the marketplace.

A robust project management methodology enables the team to access the kind of real-time status updates that are critical to success. If your PMO hasn’t yet prioritized the use of real-time data, consider how it could improve the landscape for team members, executives, and the other stakeholders involved in the effort.

Technology Gotchas (and Solutions) for Power Plant Project Managers

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Technology has invaded nearly every corner of the business world, with tools such as robust data analytics driving more strategic decisions than ever before. For power plant project managers, technology has created a few challenges along the way. Fortunately, with the right approach, project teams can overcome these gotchas and take advantage of everything technology offers.

Partnering with an External Consultancy: Facts & Fears

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Executive groups and internal project team members are often unsure what it means to partner with an outside project management firm. There may be concerns about job stability for PMO staff or the potential for damage to the team’s reputation. Some people worry about the logistics of working with an external expert and how it might contribute to a difficult environment, where workloads, time pressures, and stress levels are already high.

These are reasonable concerns but they’re typically based on the unknown. They don’t reflect the reality of partnering with an experienced outside consultancy. We’ve compiled some of the most common fears we hear from potential clients and balanced them against the facts of how a relationship with an external expert functions in the real world.

If your organization is considering an external consultancy but fear is holding you back, see how a partnership with an outside project management expert really works.

Is Your Project Management Control process Really Working?

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Sometimes it can be difficult to determine how well your PMO’s project management control process is actually working. Is your team constantly occupied with too many tasks to manage and not enough people to get everything done? Do your projects come in late more often than they’re on time? Are you spending so much energy responding to last-minute problems that you aren’t able to focus on your current tasks? Has the team’s mood started to slip?

Protect Your Brand with Project Management

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Careful management of company funds, close alignment with organizational goals, transparency throughout every communication, and the delivery of a high-quality product are all factors behind your brand’s reputation. Is your project management approach helping to preserve and promote that image?

Executive Support Contributes to Project Success

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Enthusiastic backing from sponsors and champions is often a primary factor behind a project’s success. Another group that can lend an elevated level of advocacy to PMP®s is the executive team. With their influence and authority, high-ranking members of the organization’s leadership body can offer support that goes above and beyond what’s available from other…

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Is Your PMO Overlooking These Performance Metrics?

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Many of the metrics used by project teams to gauge performance are obvious. PMP®s are already tracking adherence to budgets and timelines. They review how well each project’s goals were met and how closely they aligned with stakeholders’ expectations. They also maintain watch over things such as pre- and post-project productivity impacts across end user…

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Erode Project Stakeholder Trust in 3 Easy Steps

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Stakeholders’ trust in the project team is paramount to success. The organization’s executive group, project sponsors, end users, and outside business partners must be confident in the PMO’s ability to plan and execute even the most complex projects. But there are some ways PMP®s inadvertently erode that trust, through their actions and sometimes through inaction….

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Controlling the Culture in Your Project Office

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Culture is an important aspect of any PMO. The culture needs to be in sync with the overall values of the organization but in addition it must be a reflection of—as well as a driving force behind—the individuals working within the team. The PMP®s in the project office will naturally infuse some of their own…

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The Conundrum Behind Cutting Corners

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It’s a poorly-kept secret—and occasionally a source of embarrassment—that project teams often resort to cutting corners when problems crop up. Everyone knows it’s a bad practice and most people agree they shouldn’t do it, yet the corner cutting continues. If your team has succumbed to the temptation to skimp on effort or short-change a project…

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