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Career Pathways For Project Managers in the Defence Industry

Ask any experienced project manager for guidance, and they often recommend choosing your niche. While there are countless career paths in project management, it’s invaluable to identify a specific.

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PRINCE2 7 Practitioner: New Development Opportunities For Project Managers

PRINCE2, the world's leading project management method, has received a significant update! PRINCE2 7 is now here, equipped with the latest processes, tools, and industry best practices to empower.

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How Business Data Analysis Enhances Strategic Decision-Making

In today's data-driven world, businesses thrive on the power of information. But raw data alone isn't enough. Organisations need experts to translate data into actionable insights to make strategic.

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Exploring the 3 Key Types of Project Management Office

Do you ever feel like your projects are spinning out of control? Deadlines looming, resources stretched thin, and unclear priorities causing chaos? You're not alone. At some point, most businesses.

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How To Structure Your PMO Team: A Comprehensive Guide

Does navigating complex projects, budgets, and stakeholder expectations feel like an uphill battle? Enter the Project Management Office, your strategic partner in achieving peak project performance..

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Starting Your Project Management Office: A How-To Guide

Today’s leading organisations thrive on successful projects. However, traditional project methodologies can struggle to keep pace with evolving needs. A well-designed Project Management Office can be.

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Could Your Business Benefit From a Digital PMO?

Imagine providing your PMO with a springboard to achieve incredible things. A system that empowers you with real-time insights, seamless collaboration, and data-driven decision-making. Today, we're.

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How To Leverage PRINCE2 for Effective Project Delivery

Do you ever feel like the scope of your projects is expanding out of control, and budgets mysteriously shrink? The truth is, this is an all-too-common challenge for project managers. Luckily, there's.

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Enhancing Defence Project Efficiency: Best Practices in Project Controls

The Australian defence sector thrives on innovation. But complex projects with demanding timelines and budgets require more than cutting-edge technology – they demand a revolution in project.

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A Day in the Life of a Project Engineer

Project engineers in Australia are essential to successful projects. Their fascinating role involves planning, scheduling, technical oversight, collaboration, and creativity. It’s no wonder that the.

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Demystifying PMOaaS: Unraveling the Key Concepts and Benefits

Project Management Office as a Service is a rapidly emerging trend that supports the evolution and growth of the traditional Project Management Office. But how does this service operate, and what are.

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The Evolution of PMOs: How PMOaaS Is Reshaping Project Delivery

For decades, Project Management Offices (PMOs) have played an essential role in delivering effective and efficient projects. As businesses navigate an increasingly complex and competitive landscape,.

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Maximising ROI with PMOaaS: Strategies for Success

Every organisation seeks the ability to boost revenue and maximise return on investment - and optimising your approach to projects and programs is one of the most effective ways to do so. While the.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing PMOaaS in Your Organisation

If you’ve been keeping up with our recent series of articles on Project Management Office as a Service, then its significant benefits won't be a surprise to you. We’re frequently speaking with.

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How to Overcome Common Challenges When Adopting PMOaaS

The decision to implement Project Management Office as a Service (PMOaaS) can transform your organisation. From optimised projects to scalability and specialist expertise, there are countless.

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PMOaaS vs. Traditional PMOs: A Comparative Analysis

In recent years, the Project Management Office (PMO) has played an essential role in ensuring project success, providing structure, oversight, and strategic alignment. 89% of organisations currently.

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How Can an Agile Approach Support Change Management Practices?

Embracing the Agile approach can revolutionise the change management process, infusing adaptability and collaboration into the transformation process. In this article, we explore the dynamic.

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Top Project Management Skills: Building the Future of PM

Organisations are increasingly facing a confluence of challenges - from supply chain disruptions and vaccine mandates to escalating attrition rates and cybersecurity concerns. Amidst this maelstrom,.

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Risk Management Roles: Who Takes Care of Project Risk?

Effectively managing project risks is paramount to ensure no crucial details slip through the cracks, potentially leading to costly issues. Expecting project managers to handle this task alongside.

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Career Pathways For Project Managers in the Engineering Industry

Embarking on a career in Engineering Project Management opens doors to a dynamic field where technical expertise converges with managerial prowess. This role involves overseeing the entirety of.

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Beyond Checklists: Conducting Deep-Dive Project Reviews

In the ever-evolving landscape of project management, traditional checklists often fall short of ensuring comprehensive success. Enter the era of Deep-Dive Project Reviews – a transformative approach.

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From Zero to Hero: Beginning Your Journey with MSP™ Foundation

Embarking on the journey of programme management? Look no further than the MSP™ Foundation course. In this blog, we'll explore the fundamentals of MSP™ (Managing Successful Programmes), a globally.

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PMO Maturity Model: Is Your PMO Ready For What's Next?

Is it time for your business to explore the untapped potential of Project Management Offices (PMOs)? Far from being mere administrative entities, as some have suggested, PMOs are powerful catalysts.

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All-in-One: The Advantages of the Combined PRINCE2® Course

In a world where project management is an increasingly essential skill, PRINCE2® shines as the beacon of success. Discover why it's more than just a framework; it's the key to mastering project.

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Plan For Project Success With These PMO Best Practices

Managing large, intricate programs demands discipline and dedication. A stellar Project Management Office (PMO) is your secret weapon, tackling issues before they arise and providing crucial insights.

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Double the Power: Benefits of Taking Both AgilePM® Courses Together

In a moment of dynamic change in the business landscape, exceptional project management abilities have never been more important - and more lucrative. The Agile Combined course is your passport to a.

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Maximise Your Learning: Tips for Tackling Both PRINCE2® Courses

Unlocking the power of PRINCE2® is your gateway to exceptional project management capabilities and elevated career potential. Whether you're new to project management or an experienced professional.

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Real-World Agile: How the AgilePM® Practitioner Course Preps You for On-Ground Challenges

In today's rapidly changing and dynamic business environment, project management is evolving beyond traditional approaches. Agile project management has emerged as an empowering methodology, offering.

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Understanding Agile Certification: What Are the Benefits?

In today's dynamic business landscape, project management has undergone a significant transformation, with Agile methodologies taking centre stage. Agile principles emphasise adaptability,.

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Six Key Principles for Optimising PMOaaS Service Centres

In recent decades, the automotive industry has witnessed an unparalleled transformation. Our partnership with a major French car manufacturer, spanning over a quarter of a century, has allowed us to.

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Navigating the World of PMOaaS: A Comprehensive Guide

In recent decades, the business landscape has undergone significant transformation. Technological innovations are reshaping traditional practices and paving the way for new competition, challenges,.

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Understanding PMaaS: The Future of Project Management and Why It Matters to You

In today's ever-evolving business landscape, project management has taken on a whole new level of importance. With organisations striving to stay agile and responsive to market changes, the.

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Enhancing Remote PMOs: Six Strategies for Success

In a post-COVID-19 business landscape, remote work has become more prevalent than ever. While collaboration tools like Slack, Office 365 and Atlassian facilitate frictionless remote teamwork,.

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Enhancing Stakeholder Engagement in Projects: Strategies for Australian Organisations

In the realm of project management, the significance of stakeholder engagement cannot be overstated. Engaging your stakeholders effectively is not just good practice - it's a pivotal element that can.

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Project Risk Management: A Proactive Approach to Minimise Uncertainties

Uncertainties are an inherent part of any project - and how organisations manage them can make the difference between success and failure. Project risk management is the systematic process of.

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Harnessing the Power of AI Tools for More Efficient Project Meetings

In the rapidly evolving landscape of project management, technology is the driving force behind efficiency and success. Staying ahead of the curve, embracing innovation, and leveraging new.

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The Role of a Project Manager: Skills and Responsibilities for Success

It’s often said that behind so many of today’s most successful businesses, project managers are the unsung heroes. They are the masterminds creating successful project executions, ensuring that goals.

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Choosing the Right PMO Structure: A Guide for Organisational Success

The ability to deliver successful projects is fundamental to achieving your goals. But does your organisation struggle with low project success rates, resource inefficiencies, or ineffective project.

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The PMP® Exam: Strategies for Success on Your First Try

In the ever-evolving world of project management, achieving the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is a significant milestone. It's a validation of your expertise, a key to.

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Strengthening Organisational Security: The Role of a Security Compliance PMO

In today's ever-evolving digital landscape, security isn't just an IT concern - it's a priority that includes every facet of your organisation. This shift has led to the emergence of Security.

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How to Build and Sustain High-Performing Teams

Picture a team where collaboration is an art form, innovation flourishes, and every member is a star player. It's an aspiration for individuals, leaders, and organisations alike—the vision of.

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Estimation Predictability in Project Management

Jeremy Abernathy, Agile Consultant at MetaPM, shares their thoughts on Estimation Predictability in Project Management. Originally shared on Jeremy's LinkedIn page, August 4, 2023. Hi! My name is.

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Managing Remote Teams: Best Practices for Project Managers

Chee L., Project Manager at MetaPM, shares The Best Practices for Managing Remote Teams as a Project Manager. Originally shared on Chee's LinkedIn page, June 16, 2023. As a project manager, I am.

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Emotional Intelligence in Project Management: Why It Matters

Corinne Passelegue, Consultant at MetaPM, shares Why Emotional Intelligence in Project Management Matters. Originally shared on Corinne's LinkedIn page, August 7, 2023. Driven by a passion for.

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The Five Key Phases of the Project Management Life Cycle

Sam Ives, Project Management Consultant at MetaPM, shares The Five Key Phases of the Project Management Life Cycle. Originally shared on Sam's LinkedIn page, June 16, 2023. Hey there, I'm Sam Ives,.

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New Project Manager - 5 Tips for a Good Start

Lidia N., Project Management Consultant at MetaPM, shares her 5 tips for a good start as a new Project Manager. Originally shared on Lidia's LinkedIn page, June 19, 2023. Hi, I'm Lidia, a Project.

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6 Steps for Creative and Collaborative Meetings

Troy King, Principal Consultant of Change Management at MetaPM, shares 6 steps for creative and collaborative meetings. Originally shared on Troy's LinkedIn page, June 15, 2023. Hey there, I'm Troy,.

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How to Ace the PRINCE2 Exam: Tips and Tricks for Success

Project management exams are designed to assess a candidate's knowledge, skills, and abilities in project management. There are various project management exams, the PRINCE2 being just one. If you.

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What Is Scrum? An Overview of the Agile Framework for Effective Team Collaboration

When it comes to Agile project management frameworks, Scrum has gained significant popularity in the software development industry––enhancing the ability of organisations to respond to changing.

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Agile Project Management vs Traditional Project Management

Agile Project Management focuses on frequent value delivery and fast feedback to quickly adapt to emerging change. As a result of the flexibility of the approach and its effectiveness, the Agile way.

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Mastering Project Risk: A Comprehensive Checklist for Project Managers

Every project comes with some inherent risk, likely to be an event or circumstance with the potential to impact the success of a project. However, this is not to say that threat poses the be-all and.

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PMO (Project Management Office): A Beginner's Guide - What You Need To Know

Broadly stated, a PMO exists to ensure that an organisation's investment in a project is sustainable––with a focus on improving solution delivery. Follow this guide to garner a beginner 101 on the.

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Why Your Team Should Consider PRINCE2 Agile

What is PRINCE2 Agile®? PRINCE2 Agile® is a solution combining the flexibility and responsiveness of Agile with the defined framework of PRINCE2®. The framework covers a wide range of Agile concepts,.

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What You Need in Your Skills Capability Uplift Playbook

To be a success, a project needs successful staff, staff driven by skills and experience that are up to speed. And while investing in standalone training programs and certifications will set you in.

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Understanding The Role of Proactive Leadership in Project Management

“Be explicit in your communication. Avoid ambiguity. It raises more questions than answers.” - Rudi Jaya, Project Manager, MetaPM Hi! I'm Rudi, and I’ve been a MetaPM project manager for the last.

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5 Fundamental Soft Skills for Remote Project Managers

Hi! I'm Khadijah. Project manager for MetaPM since April 2021. For the last 12 months, my work has focused on the University of Melbourne and prior to that, Beyond Blue, another successful MetaPM.

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New Project Management Success: 10 Tips from an Industry Professional

While you can't always guarantee project management success, you'll stand in good stead with some powerful tips. Having worked as one of MetaPM's Senior Project Managers for the last nine years, I.

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How Forward-Thinking Organisations are Investing in Emerging Talent

Want a bigger bang for your buck? Then emerging talent is where you'll find it, and with good reason. When it comes to aptitude, experience is expensive. So it's not surprising that forward-thinking.

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A Micro Guide to Business Analysis

Business analysis is a research process that helps identify business needs, document existing systems and assess business strategies. It also helps you create solutions to problems and gather the.

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KPIs vs OKRs: What Are They and How to Use Them

Every goal-oriented organisation should have KPIs and OKRs in place. KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) are popular goal-setting terms in the business world. When.

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Sarah Clements (Women in Super) - Client Testimonial

Last year, MetaPM was approached by Sarah Clements, the General Manager at Women in Super as they required tailored Project Management training. Assisting Sarah and the team at Women in Super was a.

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Post-Implementation Review Best Practices

Now that your project is over, what next? After completing your project cycle, you should carry out a post-implementation review (PIR). The essence of a PIR is to discover if you met project.

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How to Build a PMO Roadmap

Introduction The business landscape has never before been so competitive or complex. The emergence of new technologies is more rapid than ever before, and more companies are under pressure to deliver.

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How to Attract and Retain Top Project Talent in 2022

Attracting top project talent is a challenge at the best of times. Heading into a post-pandemic world, it’s even more challenging with employees re-evaluating their priorities. Organisations need to.

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5 Certifications to Turbocharge Your Project Management Career

Project management stands out as a career where certifications are highly valued as a way to verify your skills and competencies. Each individual project is different, so variations in outcomes don’t.

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How to Improve Project Quality in 2022

The new year is the time to look back, consider lessons learned, and make plans for even higher project quality in the future. Project management has many best practices, but it is also a laboratory.

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10 Traits of Highly Effective Project Professionals

Experienced project management personnel are in great demand throughout Australia. It can be both difficult and time-consuming to find the right staff for a project, big or small. Experience is.

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Business Case Development Checklist

A great idea deserves effective development, and you’ll need buy-in from stakeholders to move ahead with your plans. That’s where a business case comes in. It shows key individuals exactly how you’ll.

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The Past, Present and Future of Projects - An Australian Story

Jenny Turner, MetaPM's new NSW lead, shares her reflections on 25 years of project management evolution. The Past I began working in Project Services in 1997. In the almost 25 years since, I’ve.

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Project Management Training: 5 Advantages of Going Virtual

Project management is an ever-changing field, and that’s why continual learning and development is so critical. From artificial intelligence and data analytics to change management and methodologies.

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Lean-Agile Leadership: Delivering Value in a Complex World?

A Complete Guide to delivering value in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, changing, ambiguous) world Change seems to be the one constant; customers, workplaces, employees, disruptive competitors,.

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How Much Does a Project Manager Cost?

A 2020 Wellington survey found that 43% of companies mostly or always accomplish projects within budget. Unfortunately, that means there are plenty of companies out there struggling to stay within.

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Shane Riley (Speedcast) - Client Testimonial

In 2018, Speedcast Managed Services (Now acquired by NBN) approached MetaPM to become one of their trusted project delivery partners by helping build their Business Satellite Service (BSS). We want.

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How to Measure Your Project Resource Requirements

A 2019 study by PMI found that less than 60% of projects are completed within their established budgets. So if your organisation has struggled with resource management, you’re not alone. Effective.

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Intentional Agility through AgilePM® Certification

COVID-19 has presented organisations with a crash course in agility. Whether or not we’d focused on developing an agile framework, business owners across Australia found themselves in predicaments,.

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The 10 Benefits of Partnering with a Project Management Consultant Firm

If your organisation has a spotty record when it comes to successful projects, you’re not alone. A 2018 Wellingtone survey found that just 50 percent of companies reported a track record of project.

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How the 7 Principles of PRINCE2 Can Elevate Your Project Management

The PRINCE2 methodology has been around for several decades now, but it has become the de facto system in many industries because it aligns so well with agile project management. PRojects IN a.

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How to Prepare for Your PMP Exam

The new PMP® exam changed at the beginning of 2021, and it’s a big shakeup! The new PMP® reflects the progress and evolution of project management and adapts to recent trends that have positively.

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3 Ways to Diagnose Internal Capability Shortages

Border closures have led to a pronounced skills shortage in Australia. Without international students and workers from abroad, businesses are struggling to hire enough talent. Furthermore, the labour.

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A Recommended Approach to Reviewing and Uplifting Your PMO Capability

An effective PMO can provide incredible value to businesses, regardless of their size, industry focus and age. Today, organisations maintain their competitive edge by implementing proven.

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Are You Doing the Right Projects Right?

As many organisations are starting to plan their new financial year, we encourage you to ask the age old question of ‘Are you doing the ‘right’ projects, and are you doing them ‘right’? The goal of.

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Agile PMO vs Traditional PMO: Key Differences

Agile change must happen while an organisation is already in flight, and that’s why so many businesses are adopting its framework. With industry conditions and consumer demands in flux, agility has.

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PMO Glossary (PMO, EPMO, TMO, PgMO & More)

The term ‘PMO’ can apply to many things (e.g. project management office, program management office and portfolio management office, to name a few). And while all of these entities help businesses.

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PMO Essentials

With projects making up a significant share of Australia’s business opportunities, we’ve seen a concerted focus on improving project management. And that focus is paying off. In 2018, almost 70 per.

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Women who Choose to Challenge- Sharon Douglas

Sharon Douglas – NBN Co 1. What do you choose to challenge? I believe that a good way to get people thinking about gender bias is to challenge gender biased language that is used every day, rather.

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Women who Choose to Challenge- Mary Hayward

Mary Hayward – MetaPM 1. What do you choose to challenge? I choose to challenge myself to achieve any goals I set for myself. 2. What would you tell your 20 year old self? To slow down and accept.

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Women who Choose to Challenge- Alison Cesaro

Alison Cesaro – Zinfra 1. What do you choose to challenge? I challenge everything and I like to be challenged. I think the best results come from the discussion and conflict of ideas and opinions. In.

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How Project Sponsors Can Manage Virtual Teams in 2021

Australian businesses have experienced more change this past year than anyone could have predicted. And one of the major seismic shifts is the transition to the virtual work environment many of us.

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Project Maturity Models and Benefits

Project management maturity models help organisations baseline their current project delivery capability and efficiency, against a recognised industry framework and enable them to design and develop.

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Simple Guide to Program Mobilisation

Mobilising a multi-year program can help your business to achieve strategic value and fine-tune your objectives. Such a program requires a detailed blueprint and widespread adoption if it has a.

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Alex Simon (AusNet Services) - Client Testimonial

At MetaPM we work with an amazing range of businesses. Our greatest joy is seeing our clients achieve their goals and deliver great projects. Hear from one of our current clients, Alex Simon from.

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How Micro-Credentialling Can Drive Team Performance

There’s no doubt that the way we learn has been transformed in recent decades. Whether it’s fixing a leaky tap with the help of a YouTube video or building a diversified share portfolio with the help.

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Do You Need a Project Management Office (PMO)?

In the hunt for greater efficiency and more effective project management, companies are increasingly employing project management offices (PMOs). But what is a project management office, and how.

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How the 70/20/10 Principle Can Drive Team Performance

A well-trained staff is the engine that drives your business. When your workers learn and adapt quickly, your organisation can benefit from increased efficiency, greater employee satisfaction and.

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Unpacking the Benefits Management Lifecycle

Schedules, budgets and the allocation of resources – these are all critical aspects of project management, but successful practitioners don’t stop there. They look beyond the obvious tasks to.

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Case Study- Program Review

Case Study: Program Review MetaPM recently assisted a Government department that was seeking independent and expert advice to redesign the governance structure of a strategic program and identify.

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Benefits Realisation Framework – Ambulance Victoria

Case Study: Benefits Realisation Framework for Ambulance Victoria An Ambulance Victoria internal audit identified the need to formalise an approach and method for managing, tracking, and reporting.

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Who cares about benefits?

This is a question I often ask people. The reply is often the usual suspects: Project Sponsors, Executives, Business Owners. Sometimes they even mention customers or society. I then ask: if they.

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Reflections on Online Learning – a Trainer’s Perspective

Written by Adrian Booth How do you achieve the same amount of enthusiasm and collaboration in an online setting? When I began delivering my first virtual class, I was excited and keen to connect with.

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Business Analysis Services: What, When and Why | MetaPM

From cash flow to compliance and revenue to retention, businesses can face any number of challenges that can hurt the bottom line. And when we identify a problem, our first instinct is to spring into.

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