Special edition newsletter
PMO SIG Autumn Conference


Welcome to a special edition of the APM PMO SIG newsletter which details everything you need to know about our annual autumn conference Socialising the PMO: The PMO as a builder of P3M communities, which will take place in London on Thursday 22nd October 2015.

The theme of the conference relates to the growing trend of working in a less formal way, understanding what challenges this brings and how PMOs can balance this new trend with the key role of bringing governance and discipline into an organisation.

Below you will find all the information regarding the day, its content, and our panel of partners which we hope will inspire you to get involved.

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Conference overview

The APM PMO SIG autumn conference is the perfect opportunity for you to celebrate our 15th birthday with us!

We have a great venue; Holborn Bars, which has been chosen to help you to reflect on the evolution of the PMO.

Throughout the day we will be debating and defining the role of the PMO in line with today’s emerging requirement to work in a more 'social' and less bureaucratic way; whilst acknowledging the elevation of PMO into the APM Competence Framework and what this means for the industry.

We will investigate the role of the PMO using methods and tactics such as social media, to engage with, build, enable, and encourage communities of practice within an organisation’s wider P3M community; whilst maintaining its key role as a governance and assurance function.

As always, we hope that delegates will be inspired by the historical location and empowered to help us build the future by sharing their own experiences, including discussing some of the challenges that this particular trend brings along with it.

For this, a number of workshops will be taking place in the afternoon – delegates will be able to select which ones to attend during registration; that will allow them to follow-on from the speakers in the morning and focus more directly on key aspects of the topic. There will also be an opportunity to meet and discuss the topics of the day with partners and speakers.

The Autumn PMO SIG Conference is targeted to the following Body of Knowledge references from a CPD perspective;

APM Body of Knowledge references
Section Description
Stakeholder management
Ethics frameworks

The conference provides up to 9 hours of CPD and is aimed at:

  • individuals who work within an established or a newly implemented PMO who would like to move towards a more collaborative way of working
  • PMO managers who want to be inspired by their peers and thought leaders, to drive improvements in the value of their PMO
  • PMO users (senior managers or project and programme managers) who wish to influence the structure and services of the PMO within their organisation

All delegates will be invited to join the current committee (and partners from the day) in a birthday drinks reception which will follow directly after the conference to celebrate 15 years of the APM PMO SIG.

Ending the day in a very social way!

champagne toast

Conference agenda

Thursday 22nd October
09:00 Registration
09:30 Welcome
09:50 Jonathan Norman
Gower and social learning
10:20 Carole Osterweil
Social brain science
11:05 Break
11:20 Social PMO - real PMO journey
11:50 Parish notices
12:00 Jonnie Jensen
Live or die: the reality of going social
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Social learning & open house
16:15 Eddie Obeng
17:15 Conference close
17:30 PMO SIG birthday drinks reception

Conference workshops

The topics for the workshops scheduled during the social learning portion of the day have been selected to represent key areas for consideration when building a more social way of working in an organisation.

The workshops will each run three times and will last 25 minutes each – delegates will be able to attend up to three and can select their preferences at registration on the day which will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

At the same time, our partners will be hosting an Open House area so that delegates can meet and talk about some of the products and services that are available to facilitate this new way of working.

Workshop details
PMO 101: Socialising the 'P' ProgM square logo

The PMO SIG have been working to define a PMO 101 series to support the recent release of the PMO roles in the new APM Competence Framework, and what these roles mean to existing PMO people.

This workshop, facilitated by the APM Programme Management SIG, will give delegates an opportunity to:

  • share their knowledge of project, programme, and portfolio management offices
  • learn from their peers working in those same offices
  • enable the culture aspect of the PMO 101 work which will be utilised by the PMO SIG throughout the months following the conference as a knowledge management and research exercise.
Social Software Wellingtone logo

Understanding the way PMOs' work has changed over the years – the need to have the ability to share and obtain knowledge at a rapid pace is driving the way that software houses develop their products.

This workshop, facilitated by Wellingtone Project Management, will give delegates an opportunity to explore how the social working trend has affected traditional needs and requirements to cope with the 21st Century and beyond.

Social Methods  

Methodologies and frameworks provide a lot of the grounding for the structure of a PMO, and the roles and responsibilities therein.

This workshop will provide delegates with an opportunity to understand and provide their experiences of the customisation that is needed in the modern world to accommodate the social mind-set without compromising the discipline and governance of P3 environments.

Social PMO Challenges Atkins logo

Social working removes hierarchy and provides a less formal structure in the workplace. Although very effective for collaboration and knowledge sharing, it can also bring with it the challenges that accompany removal of process and discipline.

Earlier in the day, the real PMO journey presentation will give a real view of the challenges and successes of a PMO working this way, and this follow-on workshop will give delegates an opportunity to share experiences and learn which approaches have worked well when faced with adversity.

The Social Brain OMQ consulting logo

How we respond to change differs from person to person because of how our brains are ‘hard-wired’. PMOs inherently change people’s lives day to day, and because of that they face challenge, scrutiny (and sometimes negativity) towards the discipline and governance that comes with establishing a PMO of any kind.

During the morning at this event, Carole Osterweil will take some time to explain how our brains deal with change and why people react the way they sometimes do; as a follow-on this workshop - facilitated by Carole herself - will give delegates an opportunity to discuss this topic in more detail, learn some tips and tricks on how to influence and support those around them.

Following the conference, a follow-on event will be made available to delegates of this conference at a special price - those who wish to delve further in to the psyche will be able to register their interest at this Socialising the PMO conference.

Social Communities EC SIG square logo

Building project, programme, and portfolio communities to enable change is a different experience in every instance – the needs and approaches can take on many forms dependant on the industry, the role of the PMO, and even the people who need to be engaged.

Although there is no one size fits all (a bit like PMO), there are some key areas that can help the successful implementation of a change community in the workplace. This workshop (facilitated by the APM Enabling Change SIG) will give delegates an opportunity to share their experiences and bring together a view of the critical enablers to community building.

PMO: The Social Future BM SIG square logo

This conference celebrates the journey that PMO has lived through and the future that the industry continues to build for it. Given the inclusion of PMO in the newly refreshed APM Competence Framework, and the more social needs of its customers; this workshop, facilitated by the APM Benefits Management SIG, will ask delegates to consider the future of the PMO as an industry.

How might changes to culture, information sharing, technology, and other external factors affect the development of PMO in the next 5, 10, or even 15 years?

Conference venue

De Vere Venues Holborn Bars is an inspiring central London venue, located next to Chancery Lane tube station.

Holborn Bars then

Built nearly 150 years ago in ornate Victorian gothic style, Holborn Bars has been a legendary place of business ever since the early 1870s, when it was commissioned by the Prudential Insurance Company to be their head office.

The building featured a library, restaurant, chapel, hall, rooftop promenade and a women's entrance. The complex encloses a courtyard, Waterhouse Square, named after the original architect, who also designed the Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall.

Holborn Bars now

Below you will see the location of Holborn Bars and can find directions HERE

Holborn Bars map

Conference partners

Professor Eddie Obeng

Founder of Pentacle the Virtual Business School and Professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School.

Educator, Author, Innovator. Professor Obeng is a British educator who is recognized for his success as a motivational speaker, innovator and author. He created the concept of the World After Midnight and the practice of 'New World Management celebrated in his very popular TED Global talk "How to survive in a world which changes faster than you can learn"; a recurring theme in many of his speeches.

Eddie Obeng

In addition to founding Pentacle, the world’s first virtual business school, and establishing QUBE, the world’s best 3D learning environment, he is also a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School.

Eddie is the author of nine books, all of which focus on business strategy, adapting for change, leadership, innovation and organization. Eddie Obeng offers insights into the most effective ways to adapt to address the rapidly-changing environments in business, society and culture today.

Jonathan Norman

Jonathan is Publisher at Gower Publishing where he is responsible; amongst other things, for working with over 200 authors to develop the changing programme of over 120 books on projects, programmes and portfolios.

During his 25 years at Gower, Jonathan has developed books, metrics and questionnaires as well as training resource products including games, activities and videos. He is currently leading the development of GpmFirst; a subscription-based community of practice that is designed to facilitate learning, sharing and collaboration in the context of projects, programmes and their management.

Jonathan Norman

Presentation: "Gower and Social Learning"

How effectively you share ideas and experiences goes to the heart of whether you can create communities successfully. The idea of social learning requires information systems that allow community members to access, find and make sense of the knowledge that they need.

Jonathan Norman’s presentation explains how the design of the Gower community of practice has tackled the question of how you encourage people to take part in social learning and how do you make sure they get what they need when they need it.

Jonnie Jensen

Jonnie is a digital coach, social strategist and founder of social business agency Live + Social. His work has involved the internet, mobile and all things digital since 1999. This work helped him recognise that social media was going to transform the way we communicate and operate in business, as well as our personal lives.

Since 2007 Jonnie has been consulting and training companies and individuals in the use of social media. Live + Social provides content marketing, social media and lead generation services to large b2b companies.

Jonnie Jensen

His breadth of experience gives him a great deal of relatedness to businesses of all sizes and sectors. Jonnie prides himself on helping businesses understand and utilise social media across their entire business, from boardroom to reception.

Presentation: "Live or Die - what is the reality of going social?"

Carole Osterweil

Carole is a consultant and trusted advisor to directors and project delivery teams who want to improve productivity, increase confidence in their ability to deliver and, dare she say it, reduce stress. She believes successful project delivery cannot be separated from leadership – what we say, what we do and how we conduct ourselves on a daily basis.

Carole's CV includes project and programme management in the NHS, IT and pharmaceutical sectors and over 15 years as an educator and accredited coach at Ashridge Business School.
Carole Osterweil

Carole began life as a technologist before becoming an MBA and training in psychology. She now leads the APM’s research to develop a tool to improve project productivity by addressing the tricky people issues. She has also co-authored Coaching in the Project Environment for APM.

Peter Taylor

Peter is a PMO expert currently leading a Global PMO, with 200 project managers acting as custodians for nearly 3,000 projects around the world, for Kronos Inc. - a billion dollar software organisation delivering workforce management solutions, he is also the author of the number one, best-selling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’, along with many other books on project leadership, PMO development, project marketing, project challenges and executive sponsorship as well as the new Gower publication ‘The Social Project Manager’. Peter Taylor

In the last 4 years Peter has delivered over 200 lectures around the world in over 25 countries and has been described as "perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today" – unfortunately we don’t have Peter with us in the flesh but you will be able to pre-order his new book The Social Project Manager at the conference and be inspired by his video podcast. More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com – and through his free podcasts in iTunes.

Wellingtone Project Management

Wellingtone logo Wellingtone Project Management will be joining us and providing an insight into how technology enables social working. They are a specialist project management company based in Windsor, Berkshire who work with clients across the UK and internationally. Their goal is to work as a partner with their clients to maximise the likelihood of project, programme, and portfolio success. Wellingtone will be facilitating our Social Software workshop, providing you with an opportunity to meet the team.


Biggerplate logo Biggerplate.com is the world's leading resource for mind mapping software templates and examples, providing extensive free resources for Project Managers using popular mind mapping software. Biggerplate will be creating mind maps of the sessions at the conference throughout the day, providing delegates with an opportunity to meet the team.

Our APM partners

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Conference price

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Conference including drinks reception £156 Conference including drinks reception £187

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