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Elyse Nielsen
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Softer Qualities of a Project Sponsor

We have changes to implement, often these changes are implement using a project management practice. Truth be told, the change will need to be adopted by the organization in order to be a success. For adoption to occur, you need a change leader. The skill set to make a change stick are among the softer skills of a project sponsor.The main role of a project sponsor leading a change effort is to assure expectations are understood by stakeholders and to hold people accountable to achieve the…See More
May 26, 2010
Elyse Nielsen posted a blog post

Softer Qualities of a Project Sponsor

We have changes to implement, often these changes are implement using a project management practice. Truth be told, the change will need to be adopted by the organization in order to be a success. For adoption to occur, you need a change leader. The skill set to make a change stick are among the softer skills of a project sponsor.The main role of a project sponsor leading a change effort is to assure expectations are understood by stakeholders and to hold people accountable to achieve the…See More
May 26, 2010
Elyse Nielsen and Tony Askew are now friends
Feb 14, 2010
Elyse Nielsen commented on Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez's blog post 'How to differentiate between Projects and Programs? Is there one absolute (quantitative) definition which will finally get rid of the ambiguity? What do you think?'
"Hi, In my opinion, there will not be a checklist answer or recipe for a project vs a program definition. The answer arises from a sense of awareness that perhaps managing these two projects in a coordinated fashion will improve realized benefits or…"
Feb 13, 2010
Elyse Nielsen posted a blog post

How to develop an effective project audit

Audits can be misconstrued as a nasty word. Before an audit there is a sense of dread for not meeting a benchmark. After an audit there are activities are focused on to obtain the mediocre benchmark, not focusing on the cause and development of colleagues. No wonder, Audits are not faced with happy smiling faces.A properly constructed audit can help the organization embrace the PMO as a helpful resource. The trick of the trade is to tune in upon the goals of the organization and have a support…See More
Feb 6, 2010
Elyse Nielsen and Fred Dueck are now friends
Dec 22, 2009
Fred Dueck commented on Elyse Nielsen's blog post 'Risk Management by the Ostrich Method'
"Elyse, Thanks for the post. Very helpful. I also enjoyed reading your other risk mgmt articles. Fred"
Dec 22, 2009
Elyse Nielsen posted a blog post

6 Effective Project Status Reporting Practices

As you are laying bricks to build the foundation of a good project management process, a low hanging fruit is the status reporting process. It is often the first practice rolled out, but simply having a template available is not where the true value is earned.Project status reporting is the hospital organization’s view into how well that Capital Spend is progressing and your department’s chance to facilitate communication with senior management and your business customers. A mature project…See More
Dec 21, 2009
Joe Gallenstein commented on Elyse Nielsen's blog post 'The PMO and Resource Management'
"The challenge I see every day is not in forecasting of resources it is keeping those resoureces on task with the project when other executives change resource proirities to work on other projects or "unseen" production issues."
Dec 13, 2009
Elyse Nielsen posted a blog post

The PMO and Resource Management

In my humble opinion it is a sign of maturity in the organization to grow into a matrix structure. As this evolution occurs, it is time to review the processes to manage resources. Typically, in a PMO there are three key management activities.Forecasting resource requirements – There are some tools which forecast resource needs for you, however some tools do not. I find a 3 month planning horizon is a good time frame for predictive resource needs, have a process where project manager submit…See More
Dec 8, 2009
Elyse Nielsen posted blog posts
Nov 16, 2009
Elyse Nielsen and Mark D Nicholls are now friends
Nov 10, 2009
Elyse Nielsen posted a blog post

Moving to a feature driven cycle with Agile PM on legacy systems.

Are your customers dying the death of ten thousand paper cuts? Have you adopted the Whack-a-Mole approach to feature deployment? Please let me know if this story sounds familiar.Recently a new manager was place in a position managing the financial systems. These systems had been in place for decades. While trying to get their arms around the new role, the manager reviewed the backlog of requests, break-fix tickets, and outstanding projects. The backlog was as long as book and comprised of a…See More
Nov 8, 2009
Elyse Nielsen posted a blog post

Helping new sponsor understand the Joys of Sponsorship

The truth be told, a new sponsor may need help understanding with their role. PMO’s often have onboarding processes for new project managers, they should also consider extending support to project sponsors. A sponsor may need to understand their roles and responsibilities as they add this extra helping to their already full plate.Sponsors normally are either the directors or managers of an organization. These individuals have excelled in their area of expertise and been placed in management…See More
Nov 1, 2009
Elyse Nielsen posted a blog post

Top 5 Benefits to a Project Dashboard

One of the quick wins for taming chaotic project management is to have a project dashboard. The project dashboard should be a comprehensive listing of all active project status reports within your department. The dashboard should be easily viewable and show up in individual’s mailboxes to be viewed. It should be placed in from on the organizations leadership team from director level up at least every two weeks. To read the benefits, check out…See More
Oct 22, 2009
Elyse Nielsen posted blog posts
Oct 17, 2009

Profile Information

Company:
Ascension Health Information Systems
Job Title:
Sr. Project Manager
City:
Jacksonville
State:
FL
Country:
USA
Industry:
Technology, Healthcare
Professional PM certifications:
Yes
Years in Project Management:
7-15
Website 1:
http://www.anticlue.net

Elyse Nielsen's Blog

Softer Qualities of a Project Sponsor

We have changes to implement, often these changes are implement using a project management practice. Truth be told, the change will need to be adopted by the organization in order to be a success. For adoption to occur, you need a change leader. The skill set to make a change stick are among the softer skills of a project sponsor.…

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Posted on May 26, 2010 at 8:55am

How to develop an effective project audit

Audits can be misconstrued as a nasty word. Before an audit there is a sense of dread for not meeting a benchmark. After an audit there are activities are focused on to obtain the mediocre benchmark, not focusing on the cause and development of colleagues. No wonder, Audits are not faced with happy smiling faces.



A properly constructed audit can help the organization embrace the PMO as a helpful resource. The trick of the trade is to tune in upon the goals of the organization and… Continue

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 11:25am

6 Effective Project Status Reporting Practices

As you are laying bricks to build the foundation of a good project management process, a low hanging fruit is the status reporting process. It is often the first practice rolled out, but simply having a template available is not where the true value is earned.



Project status reporting is the hospital organization’s view into how well that Capital Spend is progressing and your department’s chance to facilitate communication with senior management and your business customers. A mature… Continue

Posted on December 21, 2009 at 2:58pm

The PMO and Resource Management

In my humble opinion it is a sign of maturity in the organization to grow into a matrix structure. As this evolution occurs, it is time to review the processes to manage resources. Typically, in a PMO there are three key management activities.
  • Forecasting resource requirements – There are some tools which forecast resource needs for you, however some tools do not. I find a 3 month planning horizon is a good time frame for predictive resource needs, have a process where project…
Continue

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

Risk Management by the Ostrich Method

Long has it been an urban legend, that the Ostrich hides it head in the sand when faced with an risk. While this is simply not true, it is a method that some managers use when dealing with risk.



As a project manager, one needs to be on the lookout for symptoms of this management technique. Comments often heard are:
  • Risk Management is a negative attitude, you are looking for things to fail.
  • Do we really need to worry about that now? I know its coming,…
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Posted on November 15, 2009 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

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At 10:16am on January 4, 2010, Fred Dueck said…
Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous 2010!
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