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Meetings - Corporate Procrastination

Hands up if you've been in a useless meeting this week. It's Friday, so I'm guessing most people reading this have probably been in several useless meetings by now. If you're very lucky your useless meetings may have been interspersed with some useful activities some which involve people other than yourself but would you call them meetings? I could write a few paragraphs about how you could make
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The PMO is Dead. Long Live the VMO (Value Management Office)!

It seems that the Project or Programme Management Office (PMO) function is 'de rigour' these days. Every search I do for Quality, Process or Change Management contracts throws up a whole bunch of PMO roles - PMO Lead, PMO Manager or PMO Analyst. Now I've never been a PMO Manager or Lead - at least not in my official 'Job Title'. I've had much more encompassing roles, which have included most of the
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Getting a Grip on Governance

As a programme and project manager, particularly in large matrix organisations, one of the things that used to drive me mad was the lack of joined up governance for projects. I know I'm not alone. Whenever I've been involved in organisations improvement initiatives, this is a regular bugbear across delivery. Project managers, who are often juggling multiple projects, have to undertake a myriad of
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Unused Information Holds Many Answers

Twitter can be a wonderful source of inspiration for a blog entry especially for an old pro like myself, who has encountered so many "coachable moments" that sometimes I forget what I want to share. So, thanks to the Standish Group for the inspiration for this entry with the following Tweet: "44% of CIOs say it takes on average a day or less for their organization to reach a standard IT project decision" This
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New starters: What a Waste...?

It never ceases to amaze me how poor organisations are at taking on new staff. I don't mean the recruitment process per se (don't get me started on that one), but the set of physical activities that need to take place in order to get a new employee (whether full or part time, permanent or contractor) up and running and being able to contribute to the organisation in as profitable manner as possible. I'm
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Where waste is rife but apparently acceptable

This blog entry may not sit easy with some readers but will have others nodding their heads in sad agreement. In the current recessional climate, many large organisations are bending over backwards to divest themselves of their staff. Loyal, hardworking and smart people are being laid off in their scores and face an uncertain and uncomfortable future. At the same time, those left behind appear to
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