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.

Matrix Organization

How an organization operates, identifies projects, and supplies resources to those projects can vary from company to company. Most organizations uses a matrix structure for running and staffing their many project engagements. Matrix management generally refers to an environment where resources may report to many managers…such as a direct supervisor and possibly several project managers.

The matrix environment

Matrix management involves coordinating, organizing and executing a sometimes complex web of relationships that come about when people join the project team and are subject to the resulting multiple authority-responsibility-accountability relationships in the organization. This type of organization is an attempt to take advantage of the benefits of a pure project organization while maintaining the advantages of the functional organization. It is rare to find pure-project or pure-functional organizations in business any more – the matrix organization usually makes the most sense in terms of efficient use of resources where 100% utilization and beyond is important to the bottom line of the company and each department. Matrix organizations are typical today, even when other project management tools aren’t involved.

In a matrix organization, a clear project team is established that crosses organizational boundaries. Thus, team members may come from various departments. A project manager for each project is clearly defined, and projects are managed as separate and focused activities through the use of web-based project management software. The project manager may report to a PMO Director (if a PMO exists), higher-level executive or to a delivery manager. However, the specific team members still report to their functional departments and maintain responsibilities for routine departmental work in their functional areas. In addition, people may be assigned to multiple project teams with different responsibilities. The problem of coordination that plagues other project structures is minimized because the most important personnel for a project work together as a defined team within the matrix project structure.
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The management responsibilities in these projects are often temporary – a supervisor on one project may be a worker on another project, depending on the skills required. If project managers in a matrix situation do not have good relationships with line managers in the organization, conflicts may arise over authority over employees’ work and priorities and it may become quite cumbersome trying to manage everything in the online project management software schedule. Because of this, the matrix environment is not necessarily a happy place for everyone.

The complexity that a matrix organization causes is clear: People have multiple managers, multiple priorities and multiple role identities. Because of these complexities, before an organization enters into matrix organizational structures, at least two of the following criteria for the project or the enterprise should be met:

  • Scarce or unique resources. A need to share scarce or unique resources that are required in more than one project or functional area. This can be tricky but most project management software scheduling tools can prove to be quite helpful.
  • High-end communication. A requirement for management to provide high levels of information processing and communication to complete the project.
  • Centralized project control. Pressure from the outside by customers or agencies to have one person or group centralize control of the project even though the project may be carried out by other groups in the organization.

40 interesting facts about Sachin Tendulkar

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As Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from Test cricket on Thursday, here is a compilation of some interesting facts about the Little Master.
1. Sachin Tendulkar is India’s first active cricketer to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
2. As an aspiring fast bowler, a young Sachin Tendulkar was rejected by Dennis Lillee’s MRF Pace Foundation in 1987.
3. During the 1987 World Cup, Sachin was a ball boy for the match between India and Zimbabwe at the Wankhede Stadium. He was 14 then.
4. Sachin Tendulkar fielded for Pakistan as a substitute during a one-day practice match against India at the Brabourne Stadium in 1988.
5. During his early days, Tendulkar would win a coin from his coach Ramakant Achrekar if he could bat through an entire session of nets without being dismissed. Tendulkar has 13 such coins.

6. In October 1995, Sachin became the richest cricketer when he signed a five-year contract worth Rs.31.5 crore with World Tel.

7. Sachin Tendulkar used to sleep with his cricket gear during his junior days.

8. Sachin Tendulkar loves collecting perfumes and watches.

9. Tendulkar’s first car was a Maruti-800.

10. Sachin Tendulkar was the first international batsman to be given out by a third-umpire.
In 1992, on the second day of the Durban Test, a Jonty Rhodes throw caught Tendulkar short of the crease. After watching TV replays, he was adjudged out. Karl Liebenberg of South Africa was the third umpire in the match.

11. At 19, Sachin Tendulkar became the youngest Indian to play county cricket.

12. The first advertisement in which Sachin featured was for a sticking plaster.

13. The first brand which Sachin Tendulkar endorsed was the health drink ‘Boost.’ He was seen alongside Kapil Dev in many of their ad films, the start of which happened in 1990.

14. In his debut Test match, English fast bowler Alan Mullally complained that Sachin Tendulkar was batting with a bat broader than the normal willow.

15. Sachin Tendulkar started off with centuries in his debut matches in the Ranji, Duleep and Irani Trophy.

16. Sachin Tendulkar was led onto the field on his Ranji debut by his then captain, Ravi Shastri.

17. Sachin Tendulkar uses a very heavy bat at the crease, weighing 3.2lbs. Only South Africa`s Lance Klusener used a heavier bat in world cricket.

18. Sachin Tendulkar, who is considered as a calm character, was a big bully in the school.

19. Sachin Tendulkar went to watch the movie Roja in 1995 with a beard and disguise. It all went wrong when his glasses fell off and the crowd in the cinema hall recognized him.

20. Sachin Tendulkar has been granted the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Padma Shri by the Indian government. He is the only Indian cricketer to get all of them.

21. When young Sachin fell from a tree on a Sunday evening during his summer vacation, while Guide was shown on national TV, his infuriated brother (and mentor) Ajit sent him to cricket coaching class as a punishment.

22. The naughty Sachin Tendulkar used to go fishing for tadpoles and guppy fishes in the stream that ran through the compound of Sahitya Sahawas at Bandra East.

23. Sachin Tendulkar once told a Marathi news channel in an interview that his weakness is `vada-pao`, a popular Maharashtrian snack.

24. Sachin used his favorite vampire bat during the innings in which he scored the historical 50th Test ton.

25. Sachin Tendulkar batted in his debut Test against Pakistan wearing the pads gifted to him by Sunil Gavaskar.

26. Sachin Tendulkar was a huge fan of John McEnroe, a former tennis legend. He grew his hair and tied a band around it to copy his idol.

27. Tendulkar has scored most centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998.

28. In 1998, he made 1,894 ODI runs, a record for ODI runs by any batsman in a calendar year.

29. Sachin Tendulkar is himself a role model for many admirers from other sports such as tennis stars Pete Sampras and Boris Becker, and Argentina footballer Diego Maradona.

30. Sachin Tendulkar was named after the great musician Sachin Dev Burman. Sachin’s father Ramesh Tendulkar, was a big fan of SD’s music.

31. Sachin loves Kishore Kumar and rock group Dire Straits.

32. Sachin calls Sourav Ganguly `Babu Moshai` while Ganguly calls him `Chhota Babu`.

33. Sachin once made his mother look for a frog Bhaji recipe!

34. The nanny who looked after Sachin has been universally called Sachuchi Bai.

35. Sachin is so possessive about his Ferrari that wife Anjali is not allowed to drive it.

36. Sachin loved to play tennis ball cricket and darts during rain breaks.

37. A prankster that he is, Sachin once put a hose pipe into Sourav Ganguly’s room and
turned the tap on.

38. Sachin Tendulkar was without a bat contract until the start of the 1996 Cricket World Cup. At the end of the tournament, a famous tyre manufacturer sponsored his willow.

39. In 1992, Sachin became the youngest cricketer to reach a 1000 runs in Test cricket.

40. Tendulkar is the only player who has 40 wickets and more than 11000 runs in Tests.

యాబై వేల కోట్లు ప్రాజెక్టు గోవిందా..గోవిందా!

AadharImg మన సర్కార్లు ఎంతో ప్రతిష్టాత్మకం అని  చేసే కొన్ని కొన్ని పనులు చూస్తుంటే, అవి చిత్తశుద్దితో చేసేవా లేక అస్మదీయులకు లబ్ది చేకూర్చాలని ఎవరో ఇచ్చిన సలహాలను ముందు వెనుక ఆలోచించకుండా తీసుకుంటున్న నిర్ణయాలా అని అనిపిస్తుంది. అలాంటిదే కోర్టు వారు చెల్లదని కొట్టివేసిన ఆధార్ కార్డులను తప్పనిసరిచేసే ప్రక్రియ.

గ్యాస్, విద్యుత్, తాగునీటి కనెక్షన్ లకే కాక, ఇక బవిష్యత్ లో ఏ ప్రభుత్వ సేవలను పొందాలన్నా “అధార్ కార్డు” అనేది కంపల్సరీ అని కేంద్ర ప్రభుత్వం వారు  ప్రజలను, రాష్ట్ర ప్రభుత్వాలను నానా హైరాన పెట్టారు.  గాస్ సబ్సీడి పొందాలంటే ఆదార్ కార్డు ఆదారంతో తెరచిన బాంక్ ఖాతా వివరాలు అందచేయాలని, పైలెట్ ప్రాజెక్టుగా రాష్ట్రం లోని అయిదు జిల్లాలను ఎంపిక చేసామని, కాబట్టి ఆ యా జిల్లాల ప్రజలు మే లోపు ఆధార్ వివరాలు వివరాలు అటు బాంక్ లో నమోదు చేసుకుని ,అట్టి ఖాతా వివరాలను గాస్ డీలర్ కి  ఇవ్వాలని లేదంటే ‘సబ్సిడి కట్’ అంటె ఆధార్ అందని ప్రజలు, ఇంకా అధార్ అప్లై చేయని ప్రజలు ఆందోళన చేసారు. రాష్ట్ర ప్రభుత్వ కోరిక మేరకు ఇప్పటికి రెండు సార్లు అనుకుంటా కేంద్ర ప్రభుత్వం గడువు తేదీలను పొడిగించింది. అటువంటి ప్రతిష్టాత్మక ఆదార్ ప్రాజెక్టు సుప్రీం కోర్టు వారి తీర్పుతో నిరాదారమై పోయింది.

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“పౌరులుకు నిత్యావసర సేవలు అందించడానికి కేంద్ర రాష్ట్ర ప్రభుత్వాలు ఆధార్ కోసం పట్టు బట్టడం పౌరుల ప్రాదమిక హక్కుల ఉల్లంఘణే” అని సర్వొన్నత న్యాయ స్తానం కుండ బద్దలు కొట్టింది. ఈ కేసులో  కేంద్ర సర్కార్ వారి ఏకైక డిఫెన్స్ ఏమిటంటే “మేము ఈ ప్రాజెక్టు కోసం యాబై వేల కోట్లు ఖర్చు పెట్టాము” అని మాత్రమేనంట!అంటె ప్రజల ప్రాదమిక హక్కులను ఉల్లంఘించే ఒకానొక పధకాన్ని ప్రభుత్వం ప్రెస్టేజియస్ గా బావించడమే కాక, దాని కోసం యాబై వేల కోట్లు ఖర్చుపెట్టిందన్న మాట!ఇదే కేసు వాదనల సందర్బంగా కేంద్ర కార్డుల జారీ అదార్టీవారు (UIDIA)   అన్నదేమిటంటే , ఆధార్ కార్డు తీసుకోవడం అనేది నిర్భందం కాదు పౌరుల ఇష్టం మీద అధారపడే సచ్చందం అది అని. మరి ఇంతోటి దానికి ప్రజలను ఇంత హైరానా పెట్టడం ఎందుకని కూడా సుప్రీం కోర్టు వారు పై విదంగా తీర్పు ఇచ్చారు.

చిత్తశుద్ది లేని సర్కార్ వారి పనులు చివరకు చేరేది అవినీతి కూపంలోకే అన్నమాట! అయినా ఒకర్ని అని ఏం లాభం! ప్రజలే ఎగబడి అవినీతి సామ్రాట్ లకు పట్టం కట్టడానికి తెగ ఉత్సాహా పడిపోతుంటేను!యదా ప్రజా! తదా ప్రజాసేవకా!