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Daily Buzz: Taking the Next Step of Project Management

By / Aug 7, 2020 (ribkhan/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

A Project Management Office might be a fit for your association. Also: The art of the love letter.

You probably use project management principles already, even if you don’t use that term. But if you want to take your association’s initiatives to the next level, you may want to consider establishing a project management office.

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), a PMO is “an organizational structure that standardizes the project-related [and/or program-related] governance processes and facilitates the sharing of resources, methodologies, tools and techniques.”

As Stephanie Lovett of FusionSpan points out, that’s a loaded definition—but that doesn’t mean it’s just jargon for getting things done. PMI says that companies that develop a PMO that lines up to their strategy had 38 percent more projects meet their goals compared with businesses that did not, and saw 33 percent fewer project failures.

So, how does this apply to associations? Adopting a PMO framework known as a supportive model grants associations flexibility while still giving core project-management tools. “[The supportive model] is the easiest to implement and there should be fewer challenges associated with buy-in,” Lovett says. “A Supportive PMO can be especially beneficial for associations that frequently need to share resources, as it allows for standardization and additional resources to ease stress on busy staff.”

In this model, association staff collaborates with the PMO to determine goals, with the PMO figuring out how to get there. “[A] required element is strong support from an association’s leadership to encourage buy-in and successful adoption,” Lovett says.

Could Your Content Use a Love Letter?

The craft of storytelling has gotten plenty of attention. What sets it apart from a love letter? “Every single word is filled with passion and emotion,” says Jillian Cardinal, whose video missive prompts associations to write a “love letter” to their members or the public at large.

Just like the tale of Romeo and Juliet, a good love letter benefits from a plot twist, and we’ve got a major one in our midst. “We can look at your origin story, why you chose to begin in the past—but then what would be really interesting is looking at the plot twist of what we’re faced with today,” Cardinal says. “So who are you today? … The stories and the marketing and the messaging that we were using in the past doesn’t really apply as much anymore because we are in a ‘new normal.’” Approaching content with the love letter ethos can paint a picture for members of the current moment, and of what’s to come. (Just keep it PG-rated, OK?)

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Autumn Whitefield-Madrano

Autumn Whitefield-Madrano is a contributor to Associations Now. More »

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