The Two-Tier PMO Model

Many organizations are looking at a PMO hierarchy–a single, central EPMO that aligns with the portfolio and defines corporate-wide strategy, paired with departmental-level PMOs that are modified versions of the distributed PMO model that organizations are more familiar with. In this article, we look at some of the considerations necessary to build an effective two-tier model.

Waterfall Versus Agile

When should you use waterfall and when should you use agile? The usual answer to this question is vague: Apply each approach according to circumstances. This article discusses the main positive and negative aspects of the waterfall and agile approaches, deconstructing some of the myths behind them and suggesting where one could be used over the other according to different factors.

Deadline: Yesterday?

When missed task deadlines start to become a problem, it’s often due to one or more of four reasons. Examining these key possibilities can help get to the root of the problem–and get the project team back on track toward on-time delivery of critical project tasks.

When Project Management Hits Home: Using PM Principles to Help Build Homes For the Visually Impaired

Engaging the right stakeholders at the right time during requirements gathering is the best way to ensure all perspectives are considered and the best solution is built. This article features a project professional discussing how project management principles were used to help build an apartment complex for the visually impaired. It details the full collaboration between the end users and other stakeholders. It then overviews how user needs were prioritized starting with addressing a basic set of requirements. The article also explores the challenges presented when the residents required the same features they were accustomed to and how these challenges were resolved.

Too Efficient to Thrive?

By focusing exclusively on efficiency, organizations have lost their ability to innovate, says business school dean, author and entrepreneur Jim Dewald. They need to invest in discovering opportunities, value transparency, and support managers who can balance the tension between individual initiative and structural controls.

Corporate Culture Wars

Corporate culture is the sum of values and behaviors that make up the character of an organization. It exists independent of your company’s vision and strategy as “the way we do things here.” How does this culture drive talent management in your organization, and what can you do about it?

Getting Engaged

Agile methods make the most of closer ties to the business and customer to get rapid feedback on functionality. This works great when customer engagement is high–but runs into problems when engagement is lacking. Learn about some warning signs and engagement models that can help.

On The Horizon: PPM Status Report

Firmly established as a distinct discipline that can deliver real value and benefits to companies, both in the short-term and for the long haul, project portfolio management enters 2009 with momentum. But many challenges and changes are on the horizon. Here, a leading PPM analyst shares his thoughts and predictions.