December 2012 newsletter



Welcome to the last edition of the APM PMOSIG Newsletter for 2012.

In this months issue there is a message from our new Chairman, a conversation with one of our members and updates from the latest activities of the PMOSIG.

We’d like to wish everyone a great Christmas and Happy New Year.

If you have any comments on the newsletter or would like to contribute an article to a future edition, please contact us.

Lindsay Scott & Emma Arnaz-Pemberton

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New Chairman for the PMO SIG

After seven years of leading the PMOSIG, Chris Walters has decided to step down from the chairman role. During his seven years, Chris has led the PMO SIG from its status as a voluntary group to becoming part of the family of APM’s specific interest groups. Chris has helped raise the profile and professionalism of PMOs and has brought the SIG to a place where it is recognisable on a national level. Chris has become a great friend over the years and everyone at the PMOSIG wishes him well for the future.

Last week, the PMO SIG committee voted Ralf Finchett Jnr in as role of Chairman. Ralf will be leading the group until the next Annual General Meeting which is due in the Spring of 2013.

On Ralf’s appointment, he has this message to the members;

“First of all, I wish Chris all the best in the future. What Chris achieved with the support of the committee has been incredible. He has an amazing attention to detail, and has during his Chairmanship increased the PMO membership year on year; and from the committee, and myself we thank Chris very much.

Moving on…..what a year 2012 has been….. the Diamond Jubilee, the Greatest Olympics and Paralympics ever, with Britain punching well above it’s weight, the first British Tour de France winner, not forgetting Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from space, the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle, NASA Curiosity rover landing on Mars, and the closest race for the English premiership football title ever seen; all events and achievements requiring great amounts of teamwork.

Nevertheless, bigger than any of the events mentioned above 2012 has been a year of great change for the PMOSIG.

This year was the first year the PMO SIG joined the APM, and during 2012 we held two national events, one of which was a change on the usual conference style by reaching out to ‘masters’ who had been actual practitioners of their field.

We have also organised 3 local SIG events, the first outside London with Leeds Met University, then a first joint event with the APM Benefits Management SIG, and the latest in Manchester. There has also been countless PMO speakers at local events, we have contributed and raised the profile of PMO’s in the APM Body of Knowledge version 6, we have tweeted and Linkedin’ed like mad, and our own Eileen Roden was chosen as the author for the P3O refresh (more on this next month).

The above has earned the PMO SIG the respect and admiration from the APM and its other SIGs, none of which would not be possible without strong support from yourself as members, or the committee (please feel free to pat yourself on the back).

Entering 2013, we all want to take the profile and professionalism of PMOs further by holding more local evening events outside London; starting discussions on Linked In; writing articles for the newsletters; and producing our first white papers on PMO related topics.

The above is not easy as a small team, and if we are to achieve more, this can only be made possible by more people offering their help, no matter how small. So, if you have been one of the many ‘tweeting’, ‘LinkedIn-ing’, attending events, writing news articles, please continue to support your PMO SIG. If you would like to help out and take your support to the next level, don’t be shy (all active volunteers and committee members started with a simple activity), please contact one of the committee members or myself and let us know how you would like to help. We will support and help you with whatever you would to volunteer to help out with.

Entering the holiday period, on behalf of the committee and myself, I wish you seasons greetings, and here’s to a greater 2013 for our profession”.


The PMO conversation

We wanted to try something a little different here at the PMO specific interest group and thought wouldn’t it be good to see what some of our members are like?

We decided to take some of our social media activity to the next level and tried out Google Hangouts. We’ve just started to use it for our monthly committee meetings too and it’s a great way to communicate virtually.

Our first PMO Conversation takes place with Benedict Pinches. Benedict has worked as a PMO manager, programme manager and portfolio manager, mainly within the utilities sector. More recently he has started his own business Oxford Major Programmes which as the name suggests focuses on major programmes, combining academic research and practical expertise to provide innovative approaches to assisting organisations better manage major complex programmes. Benedict also holds a masters degree from Said Business School in Major Programme Management and is also a committee member of the APM Thames Valley Branch.

It sounds like Benedict will have some interesting insights into PMO to share so grab a coffee, sit back and have a listen to our PMO conversation.

If you’d like to take part in a future PMO Conversation with Lindsay, please contact us. All you need is a webcam, microphone and something interesting to share.

PMO SIG roundup

Final month of the year and the PMOSIG held its first Manchester local meeting with the kind support of Manchester Metropolitan University. They offered us some space in their new business school to host the Project Reviews and Assurance – PMO Masterclass.

There is a write up of the event available on the website plus slideset used.

We’d like to thank Graham Oakes for providing a great evening and we will have some additional material from Graham in the New Year in relation to the role of PMO in project reviews.

Dates for the diary

Spring conference - more details released in January 25th April 2013 Birmingham

PMO SIG Volunteers

Are you interested in getting involved with the PMO Specific Interest Group? Contact us to check out the various work streams we have in place for 2012.

You will need to commit some of your spare time when you volunteer to be a committee member, but there are plenty of things to get involved with of all shapes and sizes; from contributing to the newsletter to helping to develop best practice and organising events.

Your contribution will be invaluable so please contact us to see if you can help!

PMO Curator

Each month we like to pick out a selection of PMO related news from other sources and neatly package them so they are easy to locate. Take a look at this month’s selection by clicking here.

Arras People have also asked if any PMO practitioners would be interested in taking part in the Project Management Census to receive a free copy of the Benchmark Report in 2013. There are specific questions about the PMO which may be of interest - take part.

Comments and feedback

The PMO SIG would appreciate any comments or feedback you have on our newsletter – let us know whether it was useful, and what you’d like to see in future editions. Email the newsletter editor.



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