Tag Archives: project management

A Project Portfolio Management Approach

by | June 22, 2013

I introduced an approach to project portfolio managment (PPM) to my IT team at the American University of Sharjah.  After 9 months here, I have a real sense that we were doing too many projects for the resources that we had available.   The result of trying to do too much was that our planning… Read more »

My First 180 Days as a CIO

by | March 20, 2013

Hard to believe that time has gone so quickly in my CIO role.  On March 17, 2013 I have been the Director of Information Technology at the American University of Sharjah in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates for 180 days. It has been a huge change for me especially after spending 20 years at the British Columbia… Read more »

An Approach To Project Assessments

by | December 2, 2012

Every IT leader at one point or another will be asked to conduct project assessments.  Sometimes it is a project that was initiated by your department and others it is a project that was started in a different part of your organization.  Rarely are successful projects reviewed (even though we should, as we are missing… Read more »

Response to: The Progressive CIO’s Model for Project Success

by | May 17, 2011

I scanned my Twitter feed on Monday May 16th and found a post by Todd Williams called The Progressive CIO’s Model for Project Success.  After the last couple of months of having to put our IT Services PMO team in place to rescue “business” led projects, I am compelled to question approach proposed by Todd.… Read more »

SGHE Summit – An Efficient Means for IT Planning

by | April 27, 2010

An Efficient Means for IT Planning – Aims College Andria Brabo – [email protected], Dr Gary Bardsley [email protected] used project portfolio planning process – using Word Docs and a Wiki to coordinate projects across a small IT shop of 26 people. Challenges lack of communication staff turnover project managers making promises without checking with implementers cross… Read more »

Delivering Projects by Managing Ops with a Duty Analyst

by | December 14, 2009

Last week, I presented the accomplishments of my applications team in 2009. I was blown away by the number and the scope of the projects my team delivered to our community. I firmly believe that the separation of our operational duties from our project work enabled us to be so productive. While most people would… Read more »

Helping your team be effective … the role of a Duty Analyst

by | September 26, 2009

I am writing about a topic that came up this week when working with my colleagues at the University of Alaska Office of IT. A common challenge all IT Service teams face delivering projects when there are huge operational demands.  Here is the approach we took to address this critical and ongoing challenge in my… Read more »