Nov 13, 2012

PMOs Stress Value and Sponsorship at the PMO CoP Event

Posted by J. Kent Crawford in Culture & Change Management, Project Management Events, Project Management Office (PMO) | 0 Comments

Change, agility, creativity ... all in a day's work for today's PMOs

It’s always exciting to be among top PMO leaders! Their energy is inspiring.

From the "outside the box" thinking of keynote speaker Roch Parayre, who proposed a role of "VP of Killing" for agile portfolio management, to the nitty-gritty workshops on metrics and value, the PMO Community of Practice is to be commened on creating a first-class event.

My half-day seminar, “The Executive Playbook: Five Keys to Strategy Execution” meshed well with the keynote by PMI CEO Mark Langley, in which he detailed the association’s strategy for communicating the value of project management to executives.  This continues to be a pressing need for PMO leaders, many of whom continue to struggle with weak senior management support.

As Susan Boyd, our Managing Director of Consulting Services told me, one central theme is an interest in tools for Portfolio Management.  While most every PMO has a PPM process, often it is not consistently applied.  PMOs struggle to balance the task of maturing their PM capabilities with managing many major initiatives at the same time. 

As we have noted on this blog previously, the new role for the PMO might be “Change Management Office", and speaker Terry Doerscher proposed a similar thought in his session.

Change, agility, creativity … and a focus on value. With this sort of energy in the PMO sphere, the future looks promising.Let us know how we can help you optimize your PMO's future!

[Editor’s Note: Check out Debbie Crawford’s blog post at PM College for her observations about the training needs and concerns of the Symposium attendees.]


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