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Agenda Announced for PMO Webinar

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Building a PMO with Microsoft Project

Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
Time: 12pm PT /3pm ET
Duration: 1 Hour

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When to Kill a Project

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A willingness to kill projects helps organizations remain focused on achieving their strategic goals.

Many organizations balk at the idea of canceling an active project because of the mentality that canceling a project may be viewed as a sign failure. In fact, when an organization doesn’t have a formal approach to killing projects, this is a red flag that serves as an indication that the organization may not be following a well-documented and well-understood approach to project portfolio governance. A willingness to cancel projects when necessary helps organizations remain focused on achieving their strategic goals and the adoption of a solid project portfolio governance model is typically required for a project cancellation process to function smoothly.
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Customizing MS Project: Triggering Warnings When End Dates Change

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An out-of-box feature that has long been missing from Microsoft Project is the ability to set a target finish date when you are scheduling from the project start date. When you initially define your project in the Project Information dialog box, you normally choose to schedule from the project start date. This option does not let you choose a project finish date, and that field is automatically calculated outside of your control.

This post will demonstrate how you can “trick” MS Project into prompting a scheduling message if your project finish date changes. (more…)

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Agenda for Project Leadership Webinar Announced

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7 Habits of True Project Leaders

Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
Time: 12pm PT /3pm ET
Duration: 1 Hour

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Project Execution Solutions: Defining the Roadmap for Optimal Future State

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Project Execution Solutions: Defining the desired future state

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This series covers the process for how to achieve change to become a more successful project-based organization.  This post will drill into the second step of this process: defining the desired future state.

This process should resemble intelligent design. (more…)

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Project Execution Solutions: Current State Assessment

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Project Execution Solutions: Analysis / Vision / Roadmap

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Project Execution Solutions: Process

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The critical elements of successful project execution are People, Process, Technology, and Governance. Success is consistently delivered when all of these dimensions are well defined, fully implemented, well-managed, and fully adopted. They must be both adopted individually and integrated together to enable each other for success.

We saved Process for last because the most important part of Process isn’t a solution unto itself, but rather a wrapper around the other solution areas. (more…)

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Project Execution Solutions: Technology and Governance

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The critical elements of successful project execution are People, Process, Technology, and Governance. Success is consistently delivered when all of these dimensions are well defined, fully implemented, well-managed, and fully adopted. They must be both adopted individually and integrated together to enable each other for success.

This post will cover half of these, Technology and Governance. (more…)

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