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Read the latest thoughts, musings, and contemplations of our staff on PPM, PMO, social responsibility and the life of a consultant.


Individuals

“Yes – We Are All Individuals!”

How far should one push the goal of universal standardization vs. line-of-business autonomy? Many of our clients ask for help in achieving the seemingly altruistic goal […]

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10-1 knowledge

Cultivation and Consumption (of Knowledge)

Studies have shown that those who spend time structuring their knowledge and even teaching it, enhance their performance as professionals and leaders. Capturing knowledge enables us […]

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9-29 bears

Go Bears! (A Team Undergoing Change)

As football seasons kicks in to gear, here are some basic lessons learned for those teams undergoing major changes for the 2015 season. Although we may […]

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9-24 powers

Will FITARA allow CIO’s to use their powers for good?

In my opinion, there still needs to be a bit more in FITARA to prohibit agencies from interpreting it as a license to maintain their current […]

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9-17 hockey

It’s Like Optimizing a Team of 14-Year-Old Hockey Players

It seems that most everyone agrees that selecting the right mix of projects and executing these projects to achieve the greatest strategic yield or business value […]

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9-10 strategy

Developing a Strategy to make FITARA Compliance Effective

The thought of whether FITARA will be effective or not is still to be determined. The FITARA legislation is a great start in that the guidance […]

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9-8 azlav

Annual Planning and the Case for Optimized Portfolios

My family’s summer trip to Kyrgyzstan is but a distant memory.  The kids are back in school.  The Houston temperatures are dipping into the merely tolerable range, […]

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9-3 search

The Human Side of Search

We recently introduced an upgraded, internal (“Intranet”) search capability, and it created something I did not expect: a stronger sense of community. This new corporate search […]

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9-1 summer interns

Summer Interns Actually Having Fun?!?

All too often, a summer internship program can get characterized as mundane or coffee-mission-driven. The feedback we got at the culmination of our inaugural summer program […]

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8-27 FITARA 1

A Primer on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA)

The U.S. federal government’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released its draft guidance for the implementation of FITARA. It will require strong, cross functional […]

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8-20 creativity

Sparking Creativity

I was recently asked an interesting question: how do you spark creativity? Some people have this image in their heads that ideas are floating in the […]

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8-18 phone

Conference Call Dial-Ins… Ugh!!

Successful project management is all about effective and efficient communication, often across disparate and/or virtual teams with conference calls being a very common tool of choice. […]

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8-13 millenials

@Millennials Communic8 Effectively?

Harvard Business Review subscribers recently rated ”the ability to communicate” as the most important factor in making an employee promotable. So why aren’t we all great communicators? Last month, […]

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08-10 FPA

Getting FP&A Right

6 Elements of a problem-focused (rather than answer-focused) approach Investment management continues to be an area of key importance for companies. Where should we invest our […]

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8-6 question

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Asking the right questions helps drill down into the client’s real issues, ensuring that solutions tackle the real problem rather than superficial symptoms. Everyone knows that […]

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8-4 cheesy

Team Building can be Cheesy

From Brie to Morbier, an office filled with delectable dairy makes everyone smile! Our NYC office’s inaugural Wine and Cheese Friday kicked off with a diverse […]

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7-30 Sustainable Change

Managing Sustainable Change

“We have over two thousand people impacted by this new system. How will we reach everyone in a way that fosters sustainability?” We were about to […]

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7-23 focus

Focus and Fixation

How situational awareness stops us from fixating on the narrow aspects of one task and helps us find the right level of concentration. Some years ago, […]

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7-20 marathon

PPM Implementation: A Marathon, Not a Sprint

3 steps to follow to plan for a successful project & portfolio management journey. Upon finishing my first marathon and receiving a medal, complimentary Goose Island […]

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7-16 congress

When “Right-To-Do” Becomes “Must Do”

On FITARA, ITIM, FedRAMP, and PMIA. We all agree that exercise is a good idea and something we should be doing every day. It can reduce […]

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7-14 speed and efficiency

Balancing Speed and Efficiency: Effectively Segmenting the Portfolio (Part 2)

In the portfolio management space, we seem to live on a continuum.  On one side, we segment the portfolio and treat the different portfolios as separate […]

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7-8 dam

Mexican Dams and the Art of Portfolio Selection

Why creative thinking is essential in choosing the right projects. I was recently reminded of an interesting story that I read a few years back in […]

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benefit measurement

Benefits Realization and the Illusion of Exactness

7 things I learned from listening to 12 PPM executives discuss benefit estimates and benefit measurement… especially benefit measurement.​ I recently had the privilege of being a […]

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6-30 speed and efficiency

Balancing Speed and Efficiency: Effectively Segmenting the Portfolio (Part 1)

(Catching up on some thoughts after getting through a couple of recent client interactions, conferences, and books.) In the portfolio management space, we seem to live […]

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6-24 one man band

Reporting in Project Online…..or…..How to Make a Technical Presentation Fun and Interesting

​Apparently, it takes lots of salty Danish licorice. Take a look at this presentation from the Microsoft Ignite event last month in Chicago, where Allan Rocha […]

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6-23 dc flyover

DC Flyover Reminds Us that Math is Cool

WWII aircraft over the skies of the Capital commemorate Victory in Europe and showcase the evolution of aviation and early attempts at portfolio optimization. Last month, […]

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6-18 sunrise

“An up-at-dawn, pride–swallowing siege.”

In Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure and Operations presentation at the Gartner PPM Summit, we learned how to avoid making teams feel like “PPM is being done to […]

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6-16 balance

The Consistency Ratio

A balance is required between consistent decision making and speed at achieving mutual agreement. In one study, automobile drivers were asked to rank their driving skills. […]

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pmi houston

Oilpocalypse, Risk Management and more…

10 Things I Learned from PMI Houston’s 2015 Annual Conference this week Another year has come and gone, and with it the PMI Houston Annual Conference… […]

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6-9 houston library

UMT Volunteers at the Houston Public Library

Earlier this spring, UMT’s South Regional team partnered with the Houston Public Library (HPL) in support of their Open Mic Comedy Night event. HPL is a […]

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