Browsing Posts in PMO Benchmarking

As project managers, we have all participated in Project Reviews and Project Closeout Sessions that looked and felt more like “inquisitions” than positive, healthy, and constructive reviews. “What went wrong? Who is to blame? Who was responsible for these outcomes and results? These actual results were not expected and we are going to get to […]

In my new book Lessons Learned:  Taking Project Management to a New Level in a Continuous Process Improvement Framework, I discuss identifying, capturing, documenting, and sharing project lessons learned, and feeding them back to improve the project and business processes through a Continuous Process Improvement Framework. Many readers have asked me about Continuous Process Improvement, […]

I have introduced a new term in this blog….LLearning. “LLearning” means “learning from lessons of projects or operations in a group.” This is to be distinguished from Learning, which means “formal learning or programs introducing new skills or competencies.” Both are important to our discussion in this blog. As project managers and PMO practitioners, we […]

Many readers of my blog will know that I have discussed Best Practices in project management practices and processes a number of times.  Basically, a Best Practice is a process that an organization or group has utilized a number of times and achieved success with many times in regard to the objectives and outcomes of the process […]

I once worked for a Manager in a Project Office for a major corporation who assigned various responsibilities to his project staff members so that our group objectives of being the benchmark organization for both project management and process management could be assured on an ongoing basis. As an organization, we had just moved into […]

Two weeks ago I presented a program to my weekly luncheon networking group, the Tulsa Business Alliance.  Over the last several years, I have noticed that many people, including some members of my luncheon networking group, have been reluctant to participate in the “social media” revolution. I believe the reason for this is that they […]

In recent discussions with several evolving and maturing PMO organizations, it was obvious to me that they were wrestling with the question “What is more important:  To have a robust Project Risk Management Plan in place or an actionable Project Closeout and Lessons Learned Process?’ Those of you who have followed my PMO blog since I started […]

No doubt if you are a sports fan of any type, you heard that this past weekend that the American and European teams competed for the Ryder Cup Golf Championship at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago.  This three-day event alternates each year between a European golf site and a United States golf site.  The teams […]

When I was a teenager, I walked into our family room one evening and found my father on his hands and knees in the middle of the floor.  Around him were four flip charts and he was drawing with crayon freehand on each of the four flip charts. “What are you doing?” I exclaimed. “You […]

My recent PMO blog posts have consistently addressed some of the prerequisites for an “actionable” Project Closeout and Lessons Learned Process for the PMO or project organization.  In general, these have been activities or competencies or capabilities that the organization needs to nurture in order to really make Project Lessons Learned an active contributor to […]

Those of you who have read my blog consistently know that I am interested in two cases in which Project Lessons Learned can be identified from projects.  I call these the Single Project Case and the Multiple Project Case.  The Single Project Case involves a project manager and his team who wish to identify, document, […]

In recent blog posts,  I have discussed how individual project and program managers can improve their capabilities and performance through some simple, yet very tangible and actionable, everyday tasks in the project process.  I want to turn now to “benchmarking”, an area which can be applied to improve performance on several “scales”, whether it be […]

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