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Donna Fitzgerald
Research Vice President
5 years at Gartner
31 years IT industry

Donna Fitzgerald focuses her research on strategies and approaches for using program and portfolio management as a way to create unique business value. Read Full Bio

The Value Proposition of the PMO (part 2) – How YOU define the value is important

by Donna Fitzgerald  |  July 31, 2013

If we want to make changes we first have to be willing to lead the change and to lead the change we need to understand where we want to go.  Let’s begin with the question “What is the value of the PMO to you personally?” The answer I’m asking you to find is the one […]

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The Value Proposition of the PMO – Is it changing? (part one)

by Donna Fitzgerald  |  July 30, 2013

I’ve recently been spending a lot of time thinking about what our clients really need to know to be successful in running a PMO.  This is a little more difficult than it might appear because the first thing we need to convince people of is that what they think they should be doing according to […]

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Collaboration, Team Learning and Who Makes the Decision

by Donna Fitzgerald  |  July 1, 2013

How much collaboration do you need on a project team?  Does everything need to be collaborative?  XP would imply it does when it comes to coding.  The core view here is that two heads are always better than one.  But what about with the day to day aspects of a project?  When someone escalates a […]

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Rethinking how to improve Project Performance by building business consulting skills and domain expertise

by Donna Fitzgerald  |  June 28, 2013

After almost a year hiatus I thought I’d start blogging again – and is my wont I’ve decided to pick a topic that should  generate some strong reactions and offer lots for us to discuss. As should be no surprise, I’ve recently spent a lot of time asking myself how to improve the actual performance […]

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Mental Models, Personal Quirks and Successful Projects

by Donna Fitzgerald  |  July 17, 2012

Tom Peters (our keynote speaker at the 2011 PPM Summit) wrote a testimonial about Stephen Covey for the Washington Post yesterday (  For those of you who follow Tom Peters, it was classic Peters and was quite heartfelt, in my opinion.  Never having been a Covey acolyte, my reaction was at first just the common one […]

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Machiavelli, Sociopaths and the Difference Between What’s Right and What’s Correct

by Donna Fitzgerald  |  August 31, 2011

  “Appear merciful, faithful, humane, religious, upright, and to be so, but with a mind so framed that should you require not to be so, you may be able and know how to change to the opposite.”                                        MACHIAVELLI I found this quote from Machiavelli in something I was reading this morning.  I generally like […]

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Advice for Young Women Entering Project Management

by Donna Fitzgerald  |  August 28, 2011

  I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal purporting to offer leadership advice to young women at the beginning of their career ( .  The only kind thing I can say about the article is that it serves as a very good example of what not to do. Let’s go through the […]

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Learning From Experience or Reflections on Organizational Readiness for an EPMO

by Donna Fitzgerald  |  August 15, 2011

Last week I suggested that there was value in setting aside an occasional Friday to reflect, plan, and learn.  This week I decided to take my own advice.  I’m currently in the process of preparing my presentation on the subject of whether or not an organization is ready to establish and Enterprise Program/portfolio Management Office […]

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Make One Friday a Month Your “Forest for the Trees” Day

by Donna Fitzgerald  |  August 5, 2011

I’m a big believer that no matter what job we’re in we need to spend some time looking at the big picture. It keeps us honest and it keeps us from making silly mistakes. The problem is when we are surrounded by trees it’s hard to see anything that isn’t right in front of us. […]

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Reflections on Around the World in 32 Days

by Donna Fitzgerald  |  January 14, 2011

As many of you know October and November are symposium months and this year I had the opportunity to the around the world circuit of Orlando, Cannes and Sydney.  It’s a well kept secret that sometimes these events are a bit of blur for the analysts and I am afraid I’m no exception.  I had […]

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