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Elyse Nielsen
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Ascension Health Information Systems
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Sr. Project Manager
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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.…


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…

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,…

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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