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Top 3 Project Highlight Reports!

One of the key project reports that is needed by the PMO and senior management is a project dashboard or highlight report. There are literally hundreds of versions of these types of reports being used. There are, however, some common themes.

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Building your Gateway processes

Stage gates, when used properly, are the core framework for project/programme delivery. This has many advantages (including standardised delivery approach, top-down visibility of progress, enforced QA checkpoints, and improved portfolio management). However, it involves significant change of behaviour and should be approached as a significant business change exercise. There are eight approaches to implementing Stage and Gateways that helps to highlight key activities and the benefits.

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Gateways, helping the project and the organisation

The Stage Gate approach to project and programme governance has been around for over 60 years and has become embedded in some organisations but less so in others. At its heart, it’s a governance approach for external inspection of an activity that answers 3 key questions: 1) has the right activity been carried out; 2) does the plan for the future look sound; and 3) is this activity still aligned with the organisation’s needs.

It’s easy get distracted by a long list of requirements at each stage gate but the stage gate process can be distilled down to 4 critical success factors: 1) Effective external inspection; 2) Check that sufficient work has been completed to end the stage; 3) A good plan for the future and; 4) Alignment with the organisation’s goals.

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Projects: deliver what is wanted by focusing on outcomes.

A theme of some of my blogs has been the focus on outcomes and why this focus is critical to deliver what an organisation actually wants. Too often the overall desired business outcome is agreed, but it then morphs into a different project outcome focused instead on delivering outputs.

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