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A word from the PMO SIG Chair
Well here we are again, almost at summer and before we notice we’ll be getting ready for Christmas once more! Sorry, sorry…
The first quarter has been an exciting one for me. With the departure of some of our committee members at the end of 2014, and with 2015 being the PMO SIGs 15th Birthday, we have taken the opportunity to review our structure and our modus operandi in order to re-establish PMO SIG as a focused and transformed APM Specific Interest Group.
Internal changes within the SIG Steering Group (SSG) have also meant that our representative to the APM is changing so what better time is there to re-invent ourselves?!
So what have we done? A call to arms was sent to all of our members to give them an overview of what it means to be part of the PMO SIG. This was supported by a newly defined and clearer structure which allows volunteers to join at whatever level of involvement works for them.
To make the structure effective we have devised three key work areas; Research, Events, and Marketing so that volunteers are not supporting the team in an ad-hoc way. We believe that this will also allow us to structure our knowledge management and contribute to things like BoK+.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who got in touch with us responding to our email and offered their help and support.
So, back to 2015 and the PMO SIG birthday – I can’t let a milestone birthday go by, so our Conference this year is being devised to be a celebration of PMO and its evolution. Thanks to your feedback, we are focusing on the use of social working to elevate the PMO in business to a community builder. We will take the opportunity to see how our peers have done it successfully, and find out about the pitfalls and successes of moving into this area. As always, we will ensure that the day is practical and allows you an opportunity to take back knowledge to your day to day role as well as do some networking of your own!
In June, we will have our AGM – on the 23rd June in Milton Keynes, so that you can come along and vote for the next committee.
In addition some evening events will be scheduled as well as looking into the opportunity for us to utilise the APM webinar tooling to get in touch with you more often on topics that matter to you.
APM Competency Framework refresh
However prior to this, the APM will be contacting existing licensees in order to provide them with an exclusive preview of the contents, which have been approved by the appropriate assurance groups.
Following discussions with the team working on the launch, we are pleased to confirm that the PMO SIG will be involved in the launch of the framework as; for the first time ever, the Competence Framework contains PMO roles.
We will work with the APM to define a number of events that you can attend to find out more about the PMO roles, their context and the potential career path that this significant change to the framework will open up.
LinkedIn hot topics
Ross Garlands – Understand PMOs SlideShare
The PMO Is Becoming Extinct
How Much Is Your Data Worth?
The PMO Continuum
How Do You Deliver Continuous Improvement and Strong Relationships?
PMO SIG Volunteers
Are you interested in getting involved with the PMO Specific Interest Group?
Becoming a volunteer is very rewarding! With access to like-minded individuals, PMO SIG (and other) events and opportunities to drive the PMO industry forward, it can help to increase your knowledge and expertise and will do no harm to your personal career path!
In 2015, the PMO SIG will be celebrating its 15th anniversary. The team have used this milestone to review and refresh their structure and working practices.
PMO SIG – Help us Shape the Future
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.
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.
This means that we are focused on:
Some examples of the roles performed by committee members include:
Being a committee member can provide a range of benefits to you, such as:
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 click here and complete the online survey submitting the details in writing no less than seven (7) days before the AGM by Tuesday 16th June 2015. Or if you simply want more information, please get in touch.
Election of the officer posts of Chair and Secretary will be elected at the first meeting of the new committee.
Upcoming events and Dates for your diary
Visualising the relationship between projects and benefits & PMO SIG AGM
PMO SIG Birthday Conference:
The ability to work in a ‘social’ way is becoming more and more important for PMOs – internally to ensure that your business is engaged with the services you offer, and externally which is how and where you glean your industry knowledge to continually improve the way you work.
Fancy contributing? Click on this link below or contact us and let us know your experiences:
We have selected some upcoming APM events that will be of use to PMO Practitioners:
Heathrow Airport governance programmes three years on and Governance SIG annual general meeting
PMO SIG Out and About
The myths were split across three different themes, the delegates were able to select which sessions to attend: People, Delivery, and Big Project myths.
The conference has a great buzz around it, it was opened and closed by two very inspirational speakers. Dr Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Pharma, kicked off the day with an insight into randomized testing. As it happened it was very interesting and made a lot of people question the way that they may work because of the infamous ‘it’s the way we have always done it’ syndrome.
The APM and its members highlighted four key messages from the conference:
These four messages really were music to my ears as I am a passionate advocate for each one for many different reasons. You can read about these four messages on the website here, but one additional message for PMOs really made me sit up and think about the future of our situation within business.
Will Bentley, Programme Controls Director at High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd gave the delegates a detailed overview of the HS2 programme and the governance that has been applied to it. Within this seemingly impossible to govern complex programme that will last well past some of the readers of this publication retirement age, Will and the team have created an effective governance model that has been designed with the future in mind.
Whilst selecting and defining the technology that will need to be trained into the UK in order that future generations are able to maintain HS2, mobile applications being developed face an impossible conundrum – how do you build applications specifically for technology that doesn’t yet exist? If you think about mobile technology and the last 15 years (remember the millennium bug panic, the dial- up internet, and even your first mobile phone?,) and think about the progress that has taken place at speeds that are difficult to fathom, and then remember that we are dependent on it every single day; building applications for 10, 15, or 20 years’ time seems a successful improbability.
Will talked about the challenge that this caused and how the team turned the problem on its head – instead of focusing on technology, they focused on the data. The HS2 team plan to make the data so clean, and so logical, that it should be able to be applied to whatever technology is available at the time. Of course nothing is guaranteed but the logic is sound!
So, you’re thinking that this is all very interesting (if you are that way inclined) but what does this mean for PMOs? Will believes that PMOs should start looking at how they can own and manage the data, its flow, and its management for business, because this is the way forward. I’m sure that there are plenty of you wondering what your IT CIO and his/her teams would say if PMO turned up tomorrow and said “we will now own and manage your data”. I know what mine would say!!
So, should PMOs be keepers of data? The logic, again, is sound – we manage the configuration of tooling, templates, and the implementation of new processes and systems into business – why not complete the loop and manage the data also? The skillsets are one of the biggest concerns, surely! Not many PMO’s have the skills; or even the inclination in some cases, to get involved in data management. But is Will right? Following the big change in PMO services that has already happened from admin to capability, is this the next step for PMOs?
PMO and Assurance
APM PMO SIG Chair
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