Project Portfolio Management

The PMO is under constant pressure. From maintaining standards for project management practices to planning and delivering projects – the PMO needs to be in constant sync with strategy and business outcomes. This PMO blog category provides numerous recommendations from experts to encourage top down and bottom up planning, improve processes, promote stakeholder satisfaction, and ultimately eliminate silos to advance the PMO function. Get expert advice on the pros and cons of adopting a continuous planning model. Experts will also share real-world advice on choosing your next Project Portfolio Management tool and how to #BeThatPMO your business needs.

Advantages of Collaborative Working – Planview AdaptiveWork

A highly effective and productive workplace needs to be more than just a sum of its parts. Sure, it’s always good to have great individuals working on their own work streams, but to really make amazing things happen and to exceed the norms of what’s expected on any given project, collaboration in the workplace has...

What is an End of Project Report? – Planview AdaptiveWork

An end of project report is used by project managers and their team at the end of a project to determine how the project performed. Whether your end of project report is as short as a single page or long enough to fill a three-ring binder, the purpose of the report is the same: Document...

The Importance of Cost Control in Project Management – Planview AdaptiveWork

The importance of cost control in project management success is something every project manager is familiar with. The ability to maintain an organized approach to tasks while staying aware of cost control is not an easy skill. Although time and resource management are vital to achieving goals, cost performance is ultimately what determines a positive...

Top Reasons Why Effective Project Communication is Critical – Planview AdaptiveWork

Everyone knows, in theory at least, that effective project communication is essential. Almost any project manager, if asked to list the factors which are important for project success, would put communication near the top of the list. Unfortunately, communication is often taken for granted. Even when project managers put an early emphasis on communication, it...

What Are the Benefits of the Bottom Up Approach? – Planview AdaptiveWork

A common debate in the world of project management is that concerning the top down approach vs bottom up approach to management. While we have discussed this question before on our blog, here we will narrow the focus slightly, to investigate the benefits of bottom up approach theory and what they can bring to your...

Top Personality Traits of Highly Effective Project Managers – Planview AdaptiveWork

Every project team takes on at least a little bit of its project manager’s personality. If the PM is disorganized and careless, the team will almost certainly miss deadlines and produce substandard deliverables, even if the same team members have performed well on other projects. In the same way, teams working under a harsh, unfriendly...

Project Planning: What Are Typical Project Milestones? – Planview AdaptiveWork

Just as highway travelers can see how far they’ve traveled by watching for mile markers along the side of the road, project teams can use milestones to measure their progress toward their objectives. Milestones are an essential tool for communicating project status to internal and external stakeholders. In fact, defining and identifying project milestones is...

7 Characteristics of High-Performance Agile IT Teams – Planview AdaptiveWork/

What separates elite, high-performance agile IT teams in some enterprises, from their hard-working — and in some cases even harder working — yet less successful counterparts in other enterprises? It is not that they borrow a page from the Folger’s Crystals playbook and secretly replace all team members with accomplished Scrum masters. Rather, it is...

Five Things to Know About the Bottom Up Strategy – Planview AdaptiveWork

A common debate in project management circles is between the two styles of creating and executing a project plan: top-down and bottom-up. Top-down strategy involves the management of a project, i.e. the project manager having complete control over the delegation of tasks and the setting of the project schedule and deadlines. On the other hand,...

7 Best Practices for Overcoming Teams Working in Silos – Planview AdaptiveWork

Across the enterprise work landscape, the idea of completely eliminating the existence of silos is more of an idealistic aspiration than a realistic goal. However, the good news is that there are practical ways to overcome teams working in silos. Here are seven best practices to keep in mind and apply as needed. Generally, a...