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Building a PMO: A Blueprint for Success

As corporations seek every possible competitive and operational advantage, project management is gaining new momentum and importance. Today, however, corporations are looking beyond the traditional definitions of project management offices (PMOs). Organisations seek PMOs that can help reinforce the connections between project-based work and strategic goals. They also look to modern PMOs to bring operational excellence to the increasing percentage of project-based work that is done to forward business initiatives across all departments. 

Letter to Your Boss – Justify My Training

Even in organisations that view professional development as a talent retention tool, individual employees must pursue the right training. To secure your manager’s support, you want to do your due diligence to establish why the training will not only benefit you at an individual level, but also the organisation as a whole. Whether you are a certified PMP looking to maintain your professional credentials or a project-based worker looking to more formally develop the skills necessary to successfully do your job, your manager is likely looking for the same information.

Establishing a Design-Thinking Culture Across the Enterprise

Design thinking is moving out of the shadow of product development and closer to the centre of the enterprise in order to drive innovation. The shift towards applying design thinking is a response to the need for speed, innovation and breakthrough solutions to address today’s complex business challenges. Forward-thinking organisations are focusing on creating design-centric cultures that foster new ideas and reshape old ones.

Adaptive Leaders Needed: Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme

With less ability to predict the future, paired with a greater need for speed to stay ahead of the competition, organisations must be able to sense and adapt in real time. While some of this adaptive capability is embedded in organisational processes and technologies, the greatest source of competitive leverage in these situations comes from leaders.

Webinar: Adaptive Strategic Execution for a Complex World

We discuss the macro trends showing the increasing pervasiveness of project-based work, while at the same time conceding that many project-based initiatives today have a high failure rate due to today’s business complexity. As an approach to this strategy execution gap, we present an overview of Strategy Execution and Duke Corporate Education’s new Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme and explain how each of the eight courses in the curriculum aims to solve a specific leadership challenge presented by today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environment.

Webinar: Navigating Ambiguity: Using Performance Multipliers to Enhance Team and Project Results

Ambiguity is a way of life in today’s business world, especially for those tasked with leading project-based work teams. Project leaders must be comfortable with ambiguity in order to drive their teams toward success by gaining the skills and creating the conditions that allow everyone to take risks, try new approaches, and if required, rapidly change direction.

Why Companies Fall Behind: Have You Invested in Your People?

Businesses that invest in strategy execution, project management and leadership development are the ones positioning themselves for business innovation and success in the future - and competing for and retaining top talent.

When Projects and Strategy Intersect: Driving Repeatable Success through Strategic Training

Successfully aligning and executing project-based work requires skill. To continue to foster alignment, leaders need to evaluate teams across a range of technical and relational skills that support strong strategy execution alignment.

Transforming Your Project Team from Good to Great

Personnel without project management training are increasingly given pivotal roles in managing projects. Project-based work is changing, and training may be required in order to better execute.

The Strategy Is in My Head: What Your Project Managers Need to Overcome Communication Breakdowns

The Strategy is in My Head: What Your Project Managers Need to Overcome Communication Breakdowns discusses the six things project leaders need to know for smoother communication with their stakeholders

The Cost of Tactical Project Management and Opportunity of Strategic Project Leadership

The tactical and task-oriented detail of project management, while still critical to success, is far from the only skill set that project leaders need to have.

The Change Management Life Cycle: How to Involve Your People to Ensure Success at Every Stage

Every organisation is affected by change. Still, organisational change initiatives fail at an alarming rate. This is because most initiatives fail to consider how changes affect the people in an organisation.

The Alignment Skills Bridge: Applying Leadership and Communications Skills to Improve Strategic Execution of Project-Based Work

Strategy making and execution are essential to organisational success. However, many organisations are continuously challenged with bridging the gap between the two.

Taking Your Seat at the Strategy Table: The Training and Skills PMO Leaders Need to Engage at a Strategic Level

There are several critical competencies for a PMO head to consider when organisations are investing in the people, process and structure to support projects and the project management office (PMO).

Successful Solutions Through Agile Project Management

Agile requires a significant change to the way an organisation operates and the way its employees think. An organisation’s culture, structure and methodologies will determine the amount of effort required to transition to Agile, and continual reflection and evaluation of the team’s ability to execute will govern its success.

Seven Ways to Accelerate Your Go-to-Market Initiatives

You may not realise that the thing keeping you from hitting your targets and executing against your strategy is the fact that your resources don’t have the skills they need to perform. Use this checklist to help determine the particular skills training that will boost each member of your team to fulfill the highest-performing potential.

Rising Above the Jargon: Speaking Plainly to the C-Suite About Project Management

The most effective project leaders ensure that they grab (and keep) the attention of the C-suite through effectively communicating what is important to them in language that they will respond to.

Metrics for Agile Projects: Finding the right tools for the job

This informative paper will provide best practices project managers should use to expand the use of the metrics at their disposal to fine-tune the progress they are showing on their agile projects.

Maximise Growth and Minimise Risk by Managing Business Strategy Like an Investment Portfolio

Choosing well among opportunities — while also staying true to core competencies — can make the difference between stagnation and stellar growth. When deciding which initiatives to pursue and how to allocate limited resources among them, too often we don’t choose well.

In or Out: Assessing and Aligning Resources and Initiatives Against Strategic Priorities

It’s not enough for business leaders to simply manage the program, project or initiative. They must develop the hard skills and the soft skills to keep all stakeholders aware of the project’s strategic importance and enlist their help should things fall off track.

How to Create an Organisation Focused on Predictably and Repeatedly Executing Against Your Corporate Strategy

Being able to reliably and predictably execute against your strategy is a vital business need that can be addressed by making sure your people have the skills they need to succeed in a project or initiative-based environment.

How the PMO Can Understand, Measure and Report the Business Impact of Projects

Every business is different and the PMO needs to understand how the business facilitates and measures success and then operate within that context.

Enterprise Analysis - Building a Foundation from the Top Down

Keep the pace and reap the benefits - examine the step-by-step process of identifying and analysing potential solutions to business needs.

Doing it Right: Best Practices for Managing Transformational Change and Improving Outcomes

If properly managed and analysed, strategic initiatives that align with an organisation’s objectives fare better and may yield a strong competitive advantage

Checklist for Selecting Your Professional Development Partner

Project-based workers need technical and business skills to execute against your business goals. It is vital to find a partner that is able to provide the full spectrum of coursework and training to “skill up” your team and turn them into the leaders that will get work done.

Building Innovation From the Business Unit Up: The Steps You’re Not Taking Are Holding You Back

When you think of industry leaders, the one common denominator is that they lead through innovation. But it’s not enough to say your organisation is innovative— how do you actually create a culture focused on, and working toward, innovation?

Are People and Projects Inhibiting Success for Your Line-of-Business?

Business leaders may not have the project management experience to identify what is preventing them from executing on their projects, and pinpointing exactly where your teams are running into trouble is often easier said than done

Aligning Team Strengths to Strategic Goals: Building the Perfect Cross-Departmental Team

This guide addresses the composition of a well-balanced team, and highlights the skills needed to effectively execute in a project-based environment.

After the Training Success Stories

See how a cross-section of industry leaders has leveraged our training to accomplish their goals and improve team performance.

A Quick and Easy Guide for Selecting the Right Training Partner

This guide will help you identify areas of challenge and opportunity within your teams, determine what skills gaps to prioritise and select the right training partner to fit your specific needs.

Top 10 Strategy Execution Trends for 2017

Our top 10 strategic execution trends for 2017 explore the transformation of traditional project management and highlight the emergence of the combined meta-practice of project management, business analysis, and strategy execution.

Optimising Project Performance: Identifying and Filling Your Skill Gaps

Learn how to diagnose skills gaps in your project management teams and understand the difference between tactical and strategic skills and the impact they have on your projects.

Lost in Translation: How to Communicate Up and Down to Deliver on Strategic Objectives

Communicating effectively is one of the universal issues that companies regularly cite as a top challenge. No matter how much domain expertise you or your project managers may have, unless you've had the training necessary to best communicate up and down, being effective in your position can be a significant challenge.

Is Your Talent Equipped to Achieve Goals?

Business success depends on the delivery of an ever-changing, ever-growing series of projects, programmes and portfolios. As a line-of-business leader, to drive success you must effectively manage talent against new demands and requirements.

If You Build it They Will Stay: Investing in Training and Development to Retain Top Talent

Project management offices (PMOs) are often hampered in their ability to make a strong enterprise-wide impact because of talent management challenges. How do you attract and retain top talent for the PMO and its initiatives when you have little to no authority?

How to Leverage Project Professionals to Drive Strategy Execution Success

Explore opportunities to leverage project professionals across the organisation as double agents, from strategists to execution specialists. By involving project professionals earlier in the strategy process, you can more effectively prioritise and identify the projects that are most important and will deliver strategic results.

Getting the Training Your Team Needs Now for Success: A Guide to Navigating Your Organisation's Training Landscape

How do you identify the right training and educational support that your team needs? With this guide, you can become a professional development expert where the story of your training investment will become one of accelerated, increased project success and sustained business gains.

Five Big Changes in Project Management: Is Your Team Up to the Task?

Project-based work is going through a transformation across the board. This once IT-focused discipline is broadening in scope to support all projects and programmes that move the company forward. This evolution of purpose and people means that the organisation and its workforce need to adapt to ensure projects are successfully implemented and contribute positively to the organisation's success.

Communications for Enhanced Strategy Execution

Identify the dynamics that influence strategic execution challenges, discover ways that a holistic framework can free you, and learn the keys to accelerating your project-based work to achieve improved results

Bridging the Gap: The Chasm That's Killing Your Company

Discover how to determine if your organisation is aligning the work they are doing with corporate goals and strategy, and the skills needed in order to cross the chasm to better execution and getting more work done.

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