PMO

Become a Staff Realignment Master

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Project schedules are rarely static. Instead, they begin evolving as soon as the team gets to work. Status reports coming in from the field, issues such as material and equipment delivery timing, and labor availability will all impact the schedule throughout the project’s lifecycle.

Managing Projects with Multiple Critical Paths

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Complex projects often have more than one critical path, and in order for the project to reach a successful completion, each of these paths must be carefully managed. Even if the primary path is achieved, a lack of progress on any of the follow-on paths could doom the project to failure in the long run.

Teams that execute these challenging projects need to be mindful of what it takes to manage multiple layers of requirements and actions. A strong awareness of all the paths that make up a project is critical if the PMO wants to ensure that nothing falls behind schedule or drops off the radar.

If your center of excellence is facing a can’t-fail project with multiple paths, it’s important to understand the risks that exists and where opportunities for success can be found.

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.

Power Plant Projects Bring Unique Communication Challenges

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Strong communication skills are a must for any project manager. But when it comes to planning and executing projects in the highly demanding power plant environment, the ability to craft, plan for, and oversee communication efforts moves to the top of the priority ladder. Tackling these unique challenges requires experience and expertise.

Project Management: Stress Vs. Panic

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Several strategies can be deployed to help PMOs avoid lapsing into panic when the pressure mounts, whether it’s because of an emergent problem or because there simply seems to be too much to do. Knowing where to draw the line is key when balancing stress levels.

DOES YOUR PMO DO A YEARLY REVIEW?

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Project post mortems are a common occurrence in project offices. Successes and glitches are examined and the impacts of various strategies on each specific project are examined. These project-specific evaluations are incredibly useful, but savvy PMOs know the importance of augmenting them with yearly reviews that look at a wider scope of the team’s activities….

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6 STEPS TO BETTER COLLABORATION

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Project management teams rely on collaboration to accomplish nearly everything they do. Unfortunately, heavy workloads can dampen a PMO’s ability to maintain productive relationships across the various sub-groups. People slip into silos and partnerships dwindle. Fortunately, there are a number of things the project office can do to keep collaboration alive. If teamwork is slipping…

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THIS THANKSGIVING, CELEBRATE YOUR PMO’S UNSUNG HEROES

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It’s the time of year when we reflect on everything we’re thankful for. It’s also the season to enjoy some good food and good company. It’s in that spirit that we look at what Thanksgiving can teach us about the value of the unsung heroes toiling away within the project management team. The Tidiers If…

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SPOT PROJECT BOTTLENECKS NOW, AVOID PROBLEMS LATER

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It’s no secret that bottlenecks are efficiency killers. But while many potential areas of congestion are identified and weeded out as part of routine project office improvement efforts, there remain many places in every project, and even within the PMO itself, where bottlenecks can still lurk. Some might cause recurring issues while others may only…

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OVERCOMING COMMON PROJECT LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES

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Project management leaders have a lot on their plates. They’re charged with executing projects successfully while also overseeing budgets, soliciting stakeholder support, negotiating contracts and vendor agreements, supporting strategic initiatives, and developing their employees’ skills and expertise. With everything going on in the typical PMO, leadership challenges are often lurking on the periphery. Team leaders should…

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