Author: Kristyn Medeiros


| Kristyn Medeiros, Solutions Consulting Manager

Gartner Report: Four Types of PMOs That Deliver Value OK, we already know there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to the PMO. But does your PMO attempt to do too little or too much? Or are they hemmed in by your organization’s oversight or lack of PPM maturity? You’ve got questions  … Read more »

| Kristyn Medeiros, Solutions Consulting Manager

Did you know that Project Management has a long history, going back to the Great Pyramid of Giza? This great structure was completed in 2570 BC, but not without some serious organization. In fact, records show that each face of the pyramid had a manager to oversee the planning, management, and control of the work.  … Read more »

| Kristyn Medeiros, Solutions Consulting Manager

This time of year, it seems everywhere I turn all I see is red and green. And I’m not just talking about holly and garland, but project status reports. Unfortunately for me, it’s more red than green this time of year. While we rely on red and green (and yellow) to gauge the health of  … Read more »

| Kristyn Medeiros, Solutions Consulting Manager

They were righteous and glorious, organized and well-informed. Their projects were always on time, on budget, and in scope. Soon, their skills spread to their personal lives. Giving regular status reports to family members while doing laundry and creating Gantt charts to plan get-togethers became the norm. Was it wrong to bring such talent and aptitude  … Read more »

| Kristyn Medeiros, Solutions Consulting Manager

Forgive me, for I have sinned. It started from decisions that no one could explain, direction no one understood. Innocent project managers were drowning from decisions made around them. Some disappeared and were never seen again. They had influence and experience, along with a false sense of security.  Nothing was what it seemed.  A Project Management Office that  … Read more »

| Kristyn Medeiros, Solutions Consulting Manager

5 Tips for non-project managers running projects Every day I speak with people who are learning how to manage projects but not typical project managers that are PMP certified and belong to a traditional PMO. These are unique individuals that are finding themselves in this role by default – scientists, auditors, or engineers, who choose to take on the challenge of  … Read more »

| Kristyn Medeiros, Solutions Consulting Manager

How are you getting the truth? I talk to people every day who struggle with resource capacity and demand planning. It’s a challenge to see what people are working on and if people are available to take on more projects. Often times they are focused on the day to day work, like an individual project  … Read more »

| Kristyn Medeiros, Solutions Consulting Manager

Why does it matter? Both the top down and bottom up approaches are integral to project and portfolio success. However, it will significantly help you to know what your current approach is. With this awareness comes discussion on whether this is the approach you want. Many PMOs start out with a bottom up approach, but  … Read more »

| Kristyn Medeiros, Solutions Consulting Manager

Portfolio dashboards are a fantastic way to track metrics and progress across the organization. They provide insight in to project status, financials, and roadmaps, to name a few. Ultimately, the goal of dashboards is to give a big picture of how the work done day to day aligns with the company’s strategic goals and objectives.  … Read more »

| Kristyn Medeiros, Solutions Consulting Manager

‘Twas the night before the board meeting, and all was not well I was nowhere near prepared, but, OH what the hell! I’ll fudge it, I’ll lie, and I’ll make it all up. All I’ll need is strong coffee, uh-huh, yup yup! But wait just a minute, let’s think this through, They need to approve  … Read more »