Over the last three years I have had the privilege to be involved as an international judge in the PMO Global Alliance Awards and as the chairperson of the judging committee for the South African PMO Awards. Here are just some of the things I learned from some of the best PMOs in the world.
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Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely
Identifying lessons learnt is a necessary part of the project process, not only does this information have the capacity to lighten the workload of the project manager, but it also places the company running the project, in a position of increased competitiveness – however, this is only if the knowledge is actually applied. Unfortunately, the reality confronting many project managers is that once boxes have been ticked and projects completed, it is very rare that this information is accessed and utilised in future projects.
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Increasing the pace of delivery of projects takes a lot more than just working faster. For most projects the biggest time-thief is decision-making. It’s not the effort, it’s the elapsed time it takes to appraise the various stakeholders of the issue, get a consensus and then transmit their response to the project. If you really want to increase pace of delivery, then it is the elapsed time-stealers that have to be streamlined… and of these, the most important? Governance.
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Last year I watched my daughter make her first solo flight in a light aircraft. That means she took off in an airplane on her own, and landed it. She was just 16 and had ten hours training. The first I knew it was happening was when the instructor said quietly to me, “You might want to stay around to watch this lesson!”.
If you haven’t experienced going solo in a airplane, this is pretty much how it works. After you’ve made three perfect landings in a row, the instructor casually remarks: “Not bad, why don’t you do the next three circuits on your own?” They then climb out of the airplane leaving you alone with the engine running and ready to go. At that moment the airplane seems tremendously quiet, the right-hand seat looks tremendously empty and the runaway looks tremendously short!
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