Posted by Kevin Brady on Mon 15th February 2010 at 04:19 PM, Filed in Programme ManagementMSP(managing successful projts)PMOBook Reviews

Last week I had a coffee with an old friend and we got onto the subject of P3O and how important this APMG qualification is currently and how overtime it is only going to become more important as the numbers of organisations setting-up or considering the set-up of Project Office’s, Programme Office’s or Portfolio Office’s (P3O) increases.

The growing problem at the moment is a shortage of experienced PO professionals available for recruitment combined with the lack of a comprehensive best practice book / methodology to make these ambitions a reality. In my view such a book should try to answer the following questions:-

  • How to write a PO business case?
  • How to sell a PO business case?
  • How to design a PO?
  • What are the different PO models together with their Pros and Cons?
  • Are there any PO methodologies.?
  • What are the different PO processes and sub processes?
  • How do you embed PO processes?
  • Strategic issues surrounding PO success and failure?
  • What really world PO cases studies are around to support answers to the above?

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Posted by Kevin Brady on Thu 14th May 2009 at 02:04 PM, Filed in Programme ManagementMSP(managing successful projts)Project Management

A Gantt chart is a type of bar chart that illustrates a project Schedule. Gantt charts illustrate the start and finish dates for group of tasks and the tasks themselves necessary to deliver a Projects Objectives. These tasks are typically arranged in accordance with a known Work Breakdown Structure. Gantt charts also show the dependencies /relationships between tasks and activities (task groups). Gantt charts can be used to show current schedule status using percent-complete shadings and a vertical “TODAY” line as shown in the above picture.

In the 1980s, personal computers eased the creation and editing of elaborate Gantt charts. These desktop applications were intended mainly for project managers and project schedulers. Although now regarded as a common charting technique, Gantt charts were considered revolutionary when they were first introduced. In recognition of Henry Gantt’s contributions, the Henry Laurence Gantt Medal is awarded each year for distinguished achievement in management and community services.

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Posted by Kevin Brady on Mon 23rd February 2009 at 06:40 PM, Filed in Document Templates & ToolsProgramme ManagementMSP(managing successful projts)

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If you are in the process of putting together a communications plan as detailed my “How to write a communications plan guide” URL you will need at some point to construct a Stakeholder Interest Map. The purpose of this map is to layout your identified project stakeholders and their key areas of interest in the project. This is a key intermediate document to the development of a quality communications plan.

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Posted by Kevin Brady on Fri 13th February 2009 at 04:00 PM, Filed in Document Templates & ToolsMSP(managing successful projts)Project Management

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One of the key things to do during the Identification or Justification stage of setting up a Project or Programme of work is to decide which of the two approaches you are going to follow. Many managers refer to this decision process as more of an “art form” than some kind of mechanical selection process. Despite these commonly held views I have designed a scorecard to take the sweat out of deciding which approach to follow.

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Posted by Kevin Brady on Fri 3rd October 2008 at 11:22 AM, Filed in MSP(managing successful projts)Book Reviews

Author - Melanie Franklin –The author’s name is buried on page 6 of the book, where she gets a mention in the acknowledgments. All a little strange perhaps until you read the acknowledgment a little further, where it is revealed that the Office of Government and Commerce (OGC) commissioned her to design and develop the book under contract. Melanie is well known in the training industry as a management trainer in her own right and the owner of Maven Training Ltd. She is also the author /co-author on a number of MSP and PRINCE 2 related publications many of which have been recently published and will be reviewed in later posts.

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