PMO?

p_03_1PMO office is a committee of project managers and senior management that defines and maintains standards for project management within the organization.

PMO generally will become the source for guidance, documentation, and metrics related to the practices involved in managing and implementing projects within the organization.

Set Project Management standards:– The PMO builds up a common set of practices, principles and templates for managing projects. So that the project managers can switch more easily between different projects and new project managers get up to speed faster.

Ensure project management standards are followed:– While the PMO sets project management standards, it also must ensure they are followed by performing regular assessments of projects.

Assistance to Project Managers:– The PMO assists the project managers who need expert judgment in cost and duration estimations, risk identification, changes evaluation as well as defining metrics for the project. PMO extends their assistance whenever there is a critical issue in Project.

Projects status for management review:– The PMO will track the status of all projects in the organization based on updates from the project managers. PMO will consolidate the project’s status and send updates to management review using project dashboards which provide a clear way to keep track of the status of projects.

Guidance new project managers:– Most PMO’s develop into a center of excellence for project management and can provide guidance and coaching to novice project managers or new project managers who need to understand how the organization runs projects.

 

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7 – traits which makes mangers successful managers to make highly productive teams

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People don’t leave company but they leave their managers. That is why it is very important to understand the chemistry between manager and team members.

We must understand why some managers are able to execute projects after projects without much difficulty while some managers struggle to even execute a simple project.

Successful managers have certain traits which makes them popular and results in highly productive teams.
Here are some of those traits:

1. Make well defined goals for team members – You can not hit a target unless you see it. That’s why top performing managers have well written goals for the whole team. They identify the most important goals required for the project execution and align their teams.

2. Set clear priorities – Good managers are able to set clear priorities for the team and individual members. They help identify most important tasks for them which keeps team focused.

3. Create reasonable Timelines and Expectations – Managers who can understand the strength and weakness of its team, sets reasonable timelines and expectations for its members. Their expectations are based on facts and capabilities of its team. Remember there are no unreasonable goals but unreasonable timelines.

4. Demarcate of responsibilities – Good managers do not micromanage and have clear roles and responsibilities defined for its team members. They do not want to get involved in each and every decision. They delegate the power.

5. Trust Team– Trusting the team comes naturally to top performing managers. They believe in their team and their capabilities. They like to give them a problem and then get out of their way. They let them solve problem. Having said that, they are always eager to help them whenever required.

6. Value time – Time is money. That’s why they are always focused on keeping meetings on time with right agenda. They do not keep people waiting unnecessarily. If required they inform them well in advanced. They plan things meticulously so that team does not have to spend more than required time in office or weekends.

7. Have Empathy – Managers or team members, are all human beings. That’s why best managers have empathy deeply ingrained in their blood, which sets them apart from all others. They understand emotional needs of their team members. Empathy is one of the most important element for being a top manager.

These seven traits are not exhaustive but are one of few most important qualities every successful managers should embraced for success.

Global Team Leading

imagesLeaders who are willing to adjust their style, expectations, and timelines are far more successful than those who expect others to adapt.. They harness the strengths of the team’s background, experiences, cultures, and traditions within the context of what will work in each situation and each market across the globe.

How is leading people globally different from leading people locally?

  1. You are leading a more diversified population with varied backgrounds that provide a totally different environment and completely different challenges than leading domestically.
  2. Scope and complexity complicates communications and relationships and this requires more interpersonal and intercultural sensitivity.
  3. Emotional intelligence looks a little different in each culture. Observation and cultural clues requires one to vary his/her style and lead people appropriately.
  4. Labor laws are different from one country to the next. One must be very careful to ask the right questions.
  5. Local, regional and global business teams require sensitivity to diverse cultures. People from one place may view things differently than those from another.
  6. It’s much harder to create a collaborative multicultural team than one that is more culturally homogeneous. Within a single country you have a familiar cultures and a single language. Culture, language, and people differences are challenging.

As we integrate teams around the world, knowing these key differences is the starting point to developing the skills and behaviours necessary to be a successful global leader.