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Project Management Basics – Chapter 5 – Product Metrics Part 2

“That which cannot be measured cannot be proven.” Anthony W. Richardson, FULL-SCALE: How to Grow Any Startup Without a Plan or a Clue “What science has failed to notice is that the measurement has become more real than the thing being measured.” R.A. Delmonico In my last article I discussed the importance of differentiating between product and project metrics. I specifically made the point that only focusing on the success of the project could lead to a product or deliverabl

How to Stand Up a Portfolio Management Office Part 2 – Making the Case Unsuccessfully

“Philosophers are people who know less and less about more and more, until they know nothing about everything. Scientists are people who know more and more about less and less, until they know everything about nothing.” Konrad Lorenz “Experts in any fields can be always hired. Yes, money can do it.” Sampath Kumar Several years ago I was an executive lead on a complex international effort that had a short deadline, high visibility and a significant funding shortfall. It co

How to Stand Up a Portfolio Management Office - Part 1

“All time management begins with planning.” Tom Greening “Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.” Mark Twain What is a Portfolio Management Office, and how do you know if you need one? That is an excellent question and one that I see argued about in many organizations. Most organizations default to either a Program Management Office or a Project Management Office, both of which are completely different things. It is incumbent on the trained Project Man

Agile and Waterfall Living in Harmony

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” Albert Einstein “Everything harmonizes with me, which is harmonious to thee, o Universe. Nothing for me is too early or too late, which is in due time for thee.” Marcus Aurelius I find it fascinating how people become attached to things. Old cars, t-shirts and boats are examples we are all familiar with. Several years ago, I was involved in a procurement focusing on a large data warehouse we were developing. I began the process by talki

Do I need a PMO? Or a PMO? Or a PMO??

It is fascinating that the PMO acronym can stand for such different things within the Project Management discipline. What does it stand for? Well, at least three things! PMO - Project Management Office PMO - Program Management Office PMO - Portfolio Management Office So what's the difference?? Let's start with the PMO (sorry - couldn't resist!), the Project Management Office. There is a lot of variation in how Project Management Offices actually "look" within organizations, b