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PMO SIG - Help us shape the future

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Posted by APM on 10th Feb 2015

Opportunities are available to join the PMO SIG committee and influence the development and promotion of Portfolio, Programme, and Project Offices as enablers to effective project delivery.

The SIG supports those involved or looking to be involved in project delivery in their efforts to maintain a balance between the real-life pressures and challenges of the industry, and the governance and assurance which an effective PMO can bring to support businesses to manage change.

This is a very exciting time to join, as in 2015, the PMO SIG will be celebrating its 15th anniversary. Since its’ inception in December 2000 we have come a long way, especially since joining the APM family 4 years ago.

Following our contribution to the new (and soon to be published) APM Competence Framework - specifically in the extension of the framework to include PMO roles – we are also looking at how we can support the development of these roles in a practical way for the benefit of PMO practitioners. However, to shape and drive the SIG’s strategy and plans effectively we need more support and are inviting volunteers from the SIG membership to join the PMO SIG Committee.

The SIG's aim and objectives are to provide a forum for portfolio/programme/project management office (PMO) professionals to meet and discuss matters of mutual importance and to create knowledge to be shared across the PMO community. SIG holds conferences and networking events that allow like-minded professionals to get together, share ideas and develop content which helps drive the PMO profession forward.

The current SIG strategy is focused on:

• Developing the profile of PMO across a number of sectors
• Undertaking a PR role for Portfolio, Programme, and Project Offices
• Collaborative community building and offering opportunities to network
• Seeking successful ventures and growing partnerships with like-minded organisations
• Closer working with APM branches, APM initiatives and management
• Providing a contact and information base for those wanting to develop their careers/move/make changes

Examples of the roles performed by committee members are set out below:

• Being an active member, contributing ideas, discussion points, and influencing and developing strategy and plans for the future of the SIG
• Attending, contributing to, and championing the activities of the SIG
• Representing your organisations / industries views and the need for PMO’s – and representing the SIG back into your organisation
• Organising conferences and SIG events - everything from setting agendas, identifying speakers, agreeing locations, and developing budgets
• Engaging with other SIG or branch members to identify ways in which we can work together to bring mutual benefits for SIG members such as combined events
• Creating and responding to APM PMO SIG blogs, LinkedIn group, and tweets
• Contributing to articles in publications such as ‘Network’ and ‘Project’ magazines
• Supporting fellow committee members by delegating for them in their absence such as occasionally chairing a meeting, or sharing actions from meetings
• Actively taking responsibilities in the ‘month to month’ running of the SIG
• Engaging with professional networks to promote the activities of the SIG and increase the benefits to members
• Providing leadership and encouraging others to be involved in the activities of the SIG

Being a committee member can provide a range of benefits to you, such as:

• Helping to shape the future of PMO – both the SIG and the industry
• Giving something back to the less experienced members of the profession
• Gaining access to knowledge about the latest thinking, methods, tools and processes
• Testing your project management thoughts and ideas on others without judgement
• Building a network of specialist contacts to help you in your career
• Developing your leadership skills
• Knowing you are part of a team where your contributions can make a difference in helping others

Generally, the commitment is for a few hours each month, with meetings held most months (face-to-face and dial-in options), and with reasonable expenses paid by the APM.

So, if you want a challenge and wish to volunteer to help the SIG please click here and let us know what you would like to do.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton

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