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Project Chaos

A project is only as good as its people. Why? Because people are essentially at the core of everything we do. A project is, after all, a collaborative effort planned and designed to achieve an objective. At WorldPMO, we understand the power of the Human Spirit and know that when individual skills are applied properly the result is more efficient and reliable outcomes.

The overview of the impacts of Project Chaos and the lead in our continuing series of “Influencers” that contribute to Project Chaos – Next installments continue focus on the influencers such as “Complexity” and “Framing”. The follow section of productions will start the journey to how to reduce Project Chaos as we progress through the digitalization wave that will reframe the Business supply chain over the next 3 – 5 years.

Project Chaos - WorldPMO

Introduction to Project Chaos series

IT Project failure costs the US economy as much as 150 billion dollars annually. WorldPMO sees the challenge by focusing on streamlined efficiencies with the assurance of truly successful project deliveries.

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Controlling Project Chaos

Root Cause or Influencers of Project CHAOS

People and Teams “We called it Controlling Project Chaos” - Optimize project outcomes and deliver business value through selection of correct methodology, project cost management best practices, and using cost-effective services.

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Introduction to People series

WorldPMO knows it is people that make the difference in any project outcome. See how WorldPMO can make the difference in your project.

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Components of Winning


"The Components of Winning" reflects on the importance of properly controlling interdependencies to most effectively and efficiently drive a project. EFFORT Racing, a sister company of WorldPMO, passionately applies this model in all aspects of operation. In the words of EFFORT Racing Technical Director Stefan Pfeiffer, "The clock doesn’t end the project you’re working on, it’s the project that ends the clock".

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In pursuit of excellence


When a high-performing team applies discipline and focus, the results are reflected in their successful outcomes. EFFORT Racing also knows this first-hand and is displayed in this video "In Pursuit of Excellence"

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Taking on cloud transformation at WorldPMO

Moving to cloud services was something we knew we had to embrace. After all, how could we understand our clients perspectives and expectations without having undergone the process ourselves?

First, we began to experiment with Microsoft Azure services to get the ball rolling. It didn't take long for us to appreciate the capabilities and value we could capture by leveraging the multitude of available service offerings.

Then, we decided to make the transition to Office 365. Migrating from on-premise Exchange, Skype, and SharePoint hosting infrastructure services to Office 365 cloud-based services were the primary activities.

Next, we replaced our old website with a brand new site hosted on Azure App Services. You're looking at the result.

Currently, we are developing some internal services that leverage capabilities such as service and data integration, cognitive services, machine learning, and predictive analytics that help us improve internal interactions, agility, and information flow.

WorldPMO's website now hosted on Azure App Services

Saying goodbye to legacy website hosting services

Nobody wanted to take credit for choosing the original legacy website hosting service. One story was that the legacy website service had been started when a temporary intern had been the only available resource to setup the original site...after several major client projects had raided our entire bench for web talent. The outcome was poor irrespective of any intern-as-scapegoat scenario. Just making a simple structural change with the old website's proprietary development tool could turn into a major hassle. Even our newest interns wanted to avoid it because the technology was so bad. Our DevOps guys were incredulous...making jokes about the plumber who's family still used an outhouse. This would not do.

With some fortunate timing we were able to gather a web team willing to take on the challenge...provided they could use the latest Visual Studio 2017 release. BTW...kudos to the Microsoft folks for coming up with another solid win.

Using Visual Studio Team Services for our team work activity collaboration, Kanban boards, source code repos, etc., has made a big difference too. Office 365 integration has been setup for our website group in Outlook with their own SharePoint site interconnected to their VSTS worksite. We even have PowerApps and Flows deployed that automate workflows and interactions.

The spirit of the individual is fueling the recovery of Houston and surrounding areas.

As the disaster unfolded the images and stories of common people helping others made us all aware of something that conveyed a sense of hope and pride. Something that awakened another something within many more people to say "what can I do to help?" That something is spirit and it's contagious.

Once free, this outbreak of spirit became a pandemic that would not be constrained by proximity. Good people started arriving spontaneously from all over Texas and nearby states. It wasn't long before more were arriving from all over the United States and even from other countries.

What many did not see were the people who stepped up to contribute with charity, space, coordination, and effort. People who didn't have the liberty to participate in local rescue and recovery activities found ways to contribute remotely with donations of clothes, food, water, supplies, equipment, and money.

Texas' first responders are some of the best in the world but the size and scope of the emergency proved to be too much for any agency. No agency has as many boats as were needed.

Who does have enough boats? Individual people have boats and many of those people also had something inside them that told them they were needed and drove them - maybe with one or two of their buddies - to get out there and do something long before someone official noticed and started asking anyone with a boat to help.

We should not diminish the major role that local, state and federal governments has had and will play in the recovery effort. Limited government is necessary to assist with resources, shelter, facilitation, enforcement, and disaster recovery funding. However, government is limited by it's own hierarchical centralization and cannot respond effectively and efficiently with any immediacy. It is likely many hundreds, if not thousands, would have died if not for the distributed effort provided by the common person who was willing to step up and help without being asked or told.

Let us never forget the goodness, ingenuity, and drive of the individual. When this spirit is aggregated we become a better people.

Tools we use

Office 365

Visual Studio Team Services

Visual Studio 2017

Microsoft Azure

Azure DevTest Labs

Azure App Services

Mindjet Mindmanager

Microsoft Cognitive Services


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