Author Archives: Ken Burrell

Ken Burrell
Ken Burrell is a contract Project, Programme and Portfolio Office (PMO) Professional, who helps organisations to improve the way they change through engagements of his company Pragmatic PMO: sometimes by supporting the controlled delivery of change programmes, and sometimes by ensuring CxOs get the information they need to make strategic decisions about those change programmes.

Pragmatic PMO at Project Challenge

I recently spent a day at Project Challenge. If you work in projects and you don’t know about this event, then you should really make the effort to go. Over two Autumn days in London (and in some years one spring day in Birmingham), you have the opportunity to hear the latest thinking from industry speakers, talk to PM software ...

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Lessons Learned: How To Increase Their Impact

My recent survey asked how transferable Lessons Learned are between projects. The follow-up (you can see that once you’ve taken part in the survey) imparted my thoughts and summarised some of the responses I received. Some of the comments didn’t quite fit into the survey format, including those from PMO Leader and fellow Flashmobber John McIntyre of Ticketmaster, who said: ...

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So, You Want to Get into PMO Contracting?

My name is Ken Burrell, and since July 2011 I have been operating as an independent contractor, providing my PMO services to various clients (mostly London market insurance companies) through short-to-medium-term engagements of my company, Pragmatic PMO Limited. I often get asked about contracting by the client employees I work alongside, and so I have written this article for PMO ...

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Project Resilience – What PMOs Could Learn

Book Review: Project Resilience – The Art of Noticing, Interpreting, Preparing, Containing and Recovering by Elmar Kutsch, Mark Hall, Neil Turner, Gower Publishing Ltd (Farnham, Surrey) as part of the “Advances in Project Management” series ISBN 978-1-4724-2363-4 222 pages, RRP £45 (review copy supplied free of charge by the publishers) Rating:        **** Traditional project management techniques use experience from previous projects to ...

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PPM Tools: The solution, or just another part of the problem?

I recently spent a stimulating couple of days at Project Challenge*last month. One of the presentations I managed to catch was entitled “Stop Implementing a PPM Tool, and Start Solving the Problem“, given by Stephen Brown of Polarisoft, from which I thought you might appreciate me relating the key take-aways. This presentation highlighted the disappointment felt by many organisations after ...

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Plan Properly for Peak Project Performance

I spent two days at Project Challenge last month. One of the presentations I managed to catch was entitled “Better planning makes better projects”, and was given by Paul Kidston and Simon Taylor of the Association for Project Management‘s (APM) Planning, Monitoring & Controls Specific Interest Group (PMCSIG). You might think that this title is basic common sense, but organisational experience ...

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