Beyond the Bestsellers: Critical Review Initiative in AIPMO’s Library

As project portfolio management (PPM) and project management office (PMO) management have evolved, the availability of books on these topics has also increased. With over three decades of combined experience in the field, the authors, Henny Portman and Robert Joslin, have navigated through this vast amount of information, contributing their insights through reading, writing, and

The L&D Dilemma: Identifying Certifications That Drive Organizational Success

In the changing world of professional development, certifications are key for advancing careers and organizations. Learning and Development (L&D) departments play a fundamental role in navigating this terrain, tasked with the challenge of determining which certifications genuinely contribute to organizational value. However, as the professional world becomes increasingly saturated with certified individuals, the ability to

The Swiss Formula for Success: Commitment in Motion

On a train traveling between Geneva and Zurich, the author noticed something interesting. During the journey, everyone on the train was deeply focused on their work—typing on laptops, studying documents, and having quiet discussions. This is not a one-time occurrence; it seems to be a common practice on Swiss trains between cities. It reflects Switzerland’s

Adopting a Virtue-Centric Approach in Project and PMO Management

This blog was inspired by listening to an interview with Jeffrey Rosen, who talked about his new book “The Pursuit of Happiness: How Classical Writers on Virtue Inspired the Lives of the Founders and Defined America.” In today’s digital era, where social media plays an important role, there’s a noticeable shift toward intense self-promotion and

The Importance of Principles and Frameworks in Research

“How important are principles and frameworks in research?” One of our doctorate students asked this question in a recent late-night session as we were discussing research topics, so we thought it’s important to share some insights with the rest of the research community. Academic research in the pursuit of knowledge and innovation is guided by

Mastering Project Complexity with AI: Strategies for Modern Project Management

In the realm of natural science, success is commonly measured by the ability to survive and reproduce, a process epitomized by the principle of evolution. In our world of social sciences where we humans define things that don’t exist in nature, there is evolution but also devolution. Normally, “evolution” implies increased complexity, while “devolution” is

What’s Next for PMOs in 2024?

As we get ready for 2024, Project Management Offices (PMOs) have the opportunity of taking or continuing a transformative journey in terms of innovation and adaptability. Many PMOs acknowledge the possibility, but they are stuck in operational issues and need to sort these out before considering something ambitious, as the points listed below. Crafting a

The Role of Diversity in Driving PMO Excellence

In today’s interconnected world, high-performing PMOs have become a pivotal enabler of organizations. As a consequence, PMOs are no longer limited to isolated departments but span organizations, countries, and cultural backgrounds. This increasing diversity brings its own set of challenges and opportunities. One might wonder: How does diversity impact PMO excellence? The multifaceted nature of

A Guide to Successful PMO Stakeholder Management

“Stakeholder Management” is one of the 22 service domains delineated by AIPMO. While other institutes may refer to this domain by different names, such as “stakeholder engagement” or simply “stakeholders,” it’s appropriately termed a “domain.” Thus, appending the term “management” to “Stakeholder” not only ensures consistency in naming domains in general but also aligns with

Exploring the Differences Between Face-to-Face (F2F), Virtual, Pre-Recorded, and Hybrid Training

Effective training is a cornerstone of personal and professional development; it is a channel for acquiring knowledge and skills, which collectively build one or more competencies. However, training methods have evolved significantly over the years, offering a diverse range of options to choose from. Face-to-face (F2F) training, virtual training, pre-recorded modules, hybrid training, and combinations