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     As I work with project managers in many fields, it is becoming more apparent every day that, in the future, new technology development will play a greater role in delivering “value” from project management. Of course, new technology development has been a major part of many projects. Witness the development of electrical components and […]

I have received a number of comments from readers of my blog MEL BOST PMO EXPERT that make the observation that applying the Framework I have stressed in my book, Lessons Learned: Taking Project Management to a New Level, must mean that you have a large business process that needs improvement. However, consider the fact that lessons learned are all […]

I am sure that most of my readership is familiar with the Billy Joel song “New York State of Mind.”  Those of you around New York will recognize in this song some familiar landmarks and favorite places which he says creates a “New York State of Mind.”  His longing for the old familiar of New […]

Those of you who saw the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks yesterday are certainly asking yourselves the question about how a team can appear to play so poorly for 55 minutes of the game and then win the game to go to the Super Bowl in two weeks.  […]

Readers of my new book Lessons Learned:  Taking Project Management to a New Level in a Continuous Process Improvement Framework will know that I present a Framework for identifying, capturing, documenting, and sharing “actionable” project lessons learned with the organization, and incorporating them in the project process. Along with this Framework, I have presented a […]

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, […]

In my new book, Lessons Learned:  Taking Project Management to a New Level in a Continuous Process Improvement Framework, I talk at great length about the role that organizational dynamics plays in driving the behaviors and ultimately the performance of groups like PMOs or Project Offices. Some people have asked me to elaborate more on […]

Like many football fans last weekend, I watched the gripping championship games this Sunday. What really hit me about these games was the enormity that they have taken on in recent times.  These are no ordinary football games.  They are duels between two teams fighting to make it to the Super Bowl on February 2….Ground Hog Day. But even more than the games […]

Jack Roth was a project manager who had been managing a major project for a large PMO for about nine months. The project had a two year duration, and was slated to provide new functionality and systems for a major revenue component of the company. One morning Jack arrived at the office to hear the […]

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 […]

Avid readers of my PMO blog will know that one of my favorite topics is the activity and behavior and resulting performance of project managers in a Program Management Office (PMO) setting. I have written numerous “essays” on this subject based on my observation of project manager behavior in the past twenty years or so. […]

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 […]

I am certain that every active project manager has encountered a situation in which a project sponsor, stakeholder, or even a team member seems to be taking actions in the short term that would tend to undermine the success of the project, or to disagree with previous decisions on project scope, direction, or management. Some […]

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 […]

In the wake of the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, CT this past week, many people are asking the question “What can I do to help?”  Many have answered that question by providing direct assistance to the town in the form of food or services.  But many others who are too far away to help […]

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