015-Meet your Mentor! with PMO Joe

In today’s episode, Phoenix-based head of The PMO Squad, Joe Pusz (also known in the PM community as PMO Joe) will share his knowledge on Mentorship with us. In addition to his deep experience on the topic, his organization partners with Vets to PM, a mentorship program which pairs US Veterans with experienced PMs to help them enter the PM field. PMO Joe is a master of Mentorship, and helps us understand the benefits to both the Mentor and Mentee, and shares some valuable tips for getting engaged.

Not only are there short-term benefits from mentorship, but you will be building long-term relationships. You may even start a podcast together one day 🙂

ABOUT OUR GUEST, Joe Pusz (PMO Joe)

As Founder & President of THE PMO SQUAD, Joe is the driving force and initial SQUAD member. THE PMO SQUAD focuses exclusively on Project Management Solutions covering client needs with Project Management Resources, Processes, and Technology.  Known as PMO JOE, he leverages his experience from leading corporate PMOs to provide services which satisfy real world Project Management needs. Joe has lead Project Management functions in several industries including Aerospace & Defense, Aviation, Finance, Healthcare, and Technology organizations with budgets up to $600MM+. Joe is also a strong supporter of Veterans services which lead to starting the Veterans Project Management Mentoring Program which pairs Veterans with PMP Mentors across the United States.

Need PM? Or want to get engaged in Vets 2 PM? See below for Joe’s contact information

 

Read about and follow Joe’s organization, PMO Squad

www.thepmosquad.com

https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-pmo-squad/

https://www.facebook.com/THEPMOSQUAD

https://twitter.com/THEPMOSQUAD

 

To learn more about the Veterans to PM mentorship program:

www.thepmosquad.com/veterans-project-management-mentoring

 

PMO Joe’s Radio Show

www.thepmosquad.com/project-management-office-hours

http://businessradiox.com/phoenix-business-radio/

 

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A03-PM Appetizer-Building Trust with “Trust Bricks”

In today’s short-format “Appetiser” episode, we have a tasty little nugget to share about building trust. Trust is essential for building effective working relationships with your team, sponsors and stakeholders. But how do you do it? In today’s show, we talk about a couple specific techniques you can use to build – or repair- trust.

TIMESTAMPS (A new feature, highlighting timestamps of key topics):

1:23 Why does building trust matter?

1:50 Why build trust with you team?

2:22 What is the value of building trust with sponsors and stakeholders?

3:00 What happens if you don’t have trust

3:25 How are Trust and Predictability linked?

4:00 Trust is like a brick building

4:45 Baby steps, predictability, and the Palace of Trust

6:22 Commitment and consistency in establishing trust

7:23 What if trust is already broken?

8:08 One brick at a time!

 

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014-Condition RED! Breaking bad news to your stakeholders

Project issues! Everyone has something go wrong on their projects at some point. As much as we dread breaking the news, how we communicate critical project problems to our stakeholders can have a greater impact on our project and long term relationships than the problems themselves.

In today’s episode we share our own horror stories about project calamities, and some lessons learned for communicating with our stakeholders and sponsors. Do it right, and you can come out the other side with an even stronger relationship. Do it wrong… and not so much.

BTW, yes, we are talking about Christmas in this episode J. it’s one we’ve been looking forward to publishing for a long time!

 

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013-Don’t guess! Plan your project with SCIENCE using Monte Carlo analysis

Although touched on in the PMBOK, most of us have little exposure to Monte Carlo analysis – which is a shame! Monte Carlo analysis can add a new level of credibility to our planning when the stakes are high by backing it with real science and statistical models. In this episode, we demystify this tool, discuss its benefits, when it is appropriate, and why math is our friend J From mining to professional services, contact centers and orbital battle stations, we discuss how Monte Carlo can help you run your business.

We also discuss photon versus proton torpedoes.

Our special guest is Luc Vandamme, who has been in the mining industry for more than 25 years and is now a Senior Director in his organization’s Enterprise Project Management Office.  Luc’s career has taken him from mining technology research and development to business optimization, organizational development, and now to project management.  Luc has a Civil and Geological Engineering degree from the University of Louvain in Belgium (he is NOT related to Jean-Claude!) and a Ph D in rock mechanics from the university of Toronto. And of course he knows Monte Carlo simulations inside and out!

GIVE MONTE CARLO A TRY!

Here are links to a couple Excel based tools that our host mentioned. At least one has a free trial. They aren’t cheap – but then neither is project failure!

Oracle’s Crystal Ball:

https://www.oracle.com/applications/crystalball/index.html

At-Risk

http://www.palisade.com/risk/

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012-Sassy or Assertive? Women in Project Management

There is enough to deal with in project management without gender issues making it even tougher. So, today we openly talk about challenges women can face in the workplace. Rather than hit you with a bunch of statistics (which are also important), Kate will share some real-life examples of challenges she’s faced, and we talk openly about ways to address them. Guys, you should listen – you might be surprised what kind of challenges women have to deal with sometimes.

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011-A love letter to my RAID log

This episode, we talk about an old stand-by in the PM world, the RAID Log. RAID Logs (Risks, Actions, Issues and Decisions) are an essential tool that every PM needs in their toolbox. Heck, you can effectively run an entire project from one!

If you have never heard of a RAID log before, you need to check in ? whether you have a small project or a major program, RAID logs can save your bacon. And if you’ve used them in the past, tune in for some tips to be super effective with them.

 

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010-The Sweet Irony of Failed MS Project Server Implementations

Microsoft Project Professional client is a staple in the industry, and is probably where most of learned what a GANTT chart is. But what about the online version for teams, Project Server? It seems to be the default PPM solution organizations think about when considering PPM, but Is it really all that? Anecdotally, a lot of organizations fail with the product. But is it the product’s fault? And why is that failure so ironic? And what other options are there out in the market?

GREAT USER MAIL QUESTION

User mail this week is from Mark K, who asks how to manage and get alignment on “big” personalities ? Kim and Kate share their tips on how to

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A02-PM Appetizer: Dealing with Project “Yellow Lights”

Today we have another PM Happy Hour Appetizer episode!

What’s an appetizer?

These are short format episodes (10- 15 minutes) in between our main shows where we hit on short, informative topics. These topics are too small to fill up a full show, or we want to see if there is enough interest from you, our PM Happy Hour listeners , to turn them into full episodes. So, if you hear an Appetizer and think, “they should make a whole meal out of that!” please let us know and we’ll be happy to do that.

We all run into those little “Yellow Lights” on projects ? those moments when you think, “wait a minute? that’s not right.” All too often, we “floor it” and try to get through the light before it gets red – only to end up in a head-on collision!

Today, we take a lesson from Mahan Khalsa’s great book, “Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not Play” for how to handle these critical moments when we realize that something is definitely not right.

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A01-PM Appetizer: Saying “no” by “yes”

Today we have our first PM Happy Hour Appetizer episode.

What’s an appetizer?

These are short format episodes (10- 15 minutes) in between our main shows where we hit on short, informative topics. These topics are too small to fill up a full show, or we want to see if there is enough interest from you, our PM Happy Hour listeners , to turn them into full episodes. So, if you hear an Appetizer and think, “they should make a whole meal out of that!” please let us know and we’ll be happy to do that.

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009-5 Things your technical architect secretly wants to yell at you

Cheers! Join us for this week’s Project Management Happy Hour!

You depend on them and, let’s be honest, sometimes you abuse them. This week we talk to Ollie Hunter, the enterprise architect for a leading e-commerce firm in Europe. Ollie will share life from an architect’s perspective, and help us understand how we, as project leaders, can develop better relationships with our architects, and enable them so they can have the most impact on your project. We got so into this episode that it’s our longest one yet, at just about an hour of great stuff!

And, yes, there is actual yelling in this episode

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OUR AMAZING GUEST

Ollie Hunter is an Enterprise Architect with a passion for helping businesses realize the potential of their strategies by using technology as a force for change. Ollie has worked closely with project managers for over 15 years in a range of different organizations, from local and national government, education, healthcare, through construction and retail, he is currently focused on businesses undergoing major change, primarily through mergers and acquisitions. At the moment, he lives in London, UK.

CONTACT OLLIE

Should you want to contact Ollie directly, his contact information is below.

  • Twitter: @olliehunter
  • Email: ollie@olliehunter.com
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/olliehunter/

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