Zen and the art of PMO optimization by Lain Burgos

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Posted by APM on 5th Mar 2013

 Zen and the Art of PMO Optimisation  

On Monday 11th February, North West branch hosted a fascinating event by Lain Burgos about the art of PMO optimization. The venue was full of eager people from different industries in North West who were all keen to learn the secret of efficient PMO.

Lain briefly explained the definition of PMO. He continued with Mark Perry’s view on different kind of PMOs and their affect in the business and success of project.

Later on he continued the evening with the story of whaleship Essex in the southern Pacific Ocean in 1820 and how a whale hunting voyage ended into an inspirational adventure. Through this sacred story he described three different techniques to optimise the PMO and the significance of its role in supporting the project manager to make the best decision for the project.

He considered “dependency management”, “lessons learned” and “portfolio evaluation” as the main techniques to enhance the efficiency of PMO. He briefly defined each technique and how they can provide the project manager with insight information to deliver the project successfully.

Using the whaleship story, Lain demonstrated the techniques in real life terms. And by joining up these techniques he concluded that “Risk management” is the heart of PMO;”it’s an orientation, a culture, a discipline that underpins what we do”, he said. And at the end he summarised the PMO’s mission in two words to “reduce uncertainty”.

 

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