A Pragmatic Approach to Baselines

Posted By Posted by: Dan Stopher on June 5, 2018

We know the theory – a baseline is a line that is used for measurement. In the PPM world, it frequently refers to a snapshot of the schedule at a point in time that is used to compare how you’re actually doing against the original plan. Often comparisons of your current plan with the baseline

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Agile Project Management

Posted By Posted by: Derek Halawa on December 13, 2017

If you are in the project management space of any industry, size, or complexity, then you must have heard of Agile. In fact, you may have heard it in other contexts such as adaptive strategy or innovative workspaces. Indeed, as project management consultants, we are increasingly hearing from our clients agility-related requirements and expectations. Those

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What is Strategic PMO (SPMO)?

Posted By Posted by: Derek Halawa on November 30, 2017

UMT360 declare that A Strategic PMO is a project-centric business department and should be structured and managed in the same way as other business departments – goals and objectives set by enterprise leadership that help the organization as a whole succeed. When it comes to what that means in specific terms, the needs of individual

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The need for Strategic PMO (SPMO)

Posted By Posted by: Derek Halawa on November 15, 2017

SPMO as the evolution of the PMO function Many organizations are questioning the value of having a PMO in delivering a return on their project investment. The traditional function of the PMO started in providing reporting and oversight, governance and checklists, and overall support for project delivery. Then that function expanded to include resource management,

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PMO Sydney Meet Up: The Influential Project Manager

Posted By Posted by: Lysa Le on September 4, 2017

The August PMO Sydney Meet Up free seminar on Thursday 24th Aug had attracted eager minds with questions and comments that made the session quite an interactive one. The session was brought together by Sandra Arps (PMO Guru) with topics by Mark Robinson (Escient) on State of the PMO in Australia 2017, a survey that

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Introducing Microsoft PPM

Posted By Posted by: Lysa Le on August 24, 2017

At the PMO Leadership Summit 2017 in Sydney on 22-23 Aug, EPM Partners had the opportunity to briefly introduce our PPM tool of choice, Microsoft. Laith Adel, our General Manager, had the podium for a short 15 mins introducing Microsoft PPM tool from the market and functionality perspective. Did you miss out on the presentation?

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PMO Sydney Meet Up: Setting Up PMO from Below Zero

Posted By Posted by: Lysa Le on July 27, 2017

We thank everyone who attended and participated in the PMO Sydney Meet Up last Thu 20 July, in Sydney. The seminar was hosted by Sandra Arps (PMO Guru) with topic brought by Amireh Amirmazaheri (PMO Solutions). We hope the topic: Setting Up PMO from Below Zero, brings valuable and useful information for all of you

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Resource Engagement using Team Planner

Posted By Posted by: Derek Halawa on July 26, 2017

Resource Management is one of the most challenging aspects for Enterprise PMOs. This is partly because it falls on the borderline between projects and operations (BAU). Effective management relies on collaboration through mature processes and tools. The size of the resource pool, the spread of skills across departments, and the constant change in demand on

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Project Cost Estimate Problems and Approach to a Solution

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on March 15, 2017

In order to understand the cost estimates problems, we need to understand the business expectation of the project. Here are some common expectations carried by most organizations: Achieve more goals, benefits and objectives that support the businesses changing strategies and tactics. And not just delivering more projects and programs. Achieve more with less money and

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Which Enterprise Projects are using local resources?

Posted By Posted by: Peter Williams on May 4, 2016

When implementing Resource management in a Project Server environment, it can be useful to a PMO administrator to know which projects contain local resource assignments as opposed to the use of only Enterprise resources. For an On-Premise installation of Project Server 2010 or 2013, where access to the underlying databases is possible (as opposed to

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