People are the PMO's best assets

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Posted by APM on 22nd Feb 2013

The APM PMO SIG (specific interest group) will look to uncover the key to improving the calibre and capability of people within a PMO at their spring conference on Thursday 25th April in Solihull.

In a knowledge economy people are the greatest asset a business has. With the business of PMO (project management office), good practices; clear processes; first class tools and a mature structure rely heavily on the people within the PMO.

In this spring conference the APM PMO SIG will be asking the questions, Do you have what you need to have a successful PMO? and How do you ensure that you have the right people in your PMO?

APM members and employees of APM corporate members who book by Friday the 1st March can save up to 62.20 off the standard delegate rate by taking advantage of the early bird booking discount paying just 125. Non members of APM can save 37.20 by booking early too, paying just 150 before the 1st March.

The conference covers both theory and practical elements in relation to the PMOs greatest asset the people. The conference will also include an afternoon of personal skills development making this a must-attend event for anyone working in the PMO field.

This conference kicks off with an introduction from Stuart Dixon setting the scene for the day. Stuart, from QA and an APM PMO SIG committee member, will cover the attributes required from people across all types of PMO. Stuart will also look at the factors that influence these requirements.

One of the most requested aspects of the APM PMO SIG conferences is the opportunity to gain insights and ideas from others also attending the conference. Eileen Roden, from QA and an APM PMO SIG committee member, will be leading us through a voyage of discovery to find out what the top attributes of successful portfolio, programme and project offices are and how these can influence the PMO assets.

Emma Arnaz-Pemberton and Dave Powell from Office Depot explain how they have managed and changed perceptions of their PMO, leading it to be recognised as a success by both the people within the PMO, and those who use the services of the PMO. Dave will be giving his view as a project manager and Emma will be explaining her steps for success.

In the afternoon Richard Pound, business development director at Grahame Robb Associates, will share some powerful principles for changing behaviours principles that anyone can apply to change almost anything. These principles create a complete strategy for influencing behaviour change and give delegates an opportunity in the conference to focus on often overlooked key skills required by anyone working with the PMO.

Rob Sadler from the APM People SIG will continue with another key skill required by people within PMOs: clear communication. Rob will take delegates through the steps required to ensure our message is heard, understood and acted upon.

To finish former APM product development manager John Zachar will summarise what has been learnt throughout the day, providing further insights on the PMOs greatest asset that make it a success.

If you are a PMO manager wanting your PMO to have more of an impact or an individual PMO member looking to understand how to be more successful then book your place today.


Early bird (before Saturday 2nd March)

Standard (from Saturday 2nd March)

APM members:125.00156.00
Employees of APM corporate members125.00156.00
Non members150.00187.20





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