When you’re faced with four great streams of PMO content at the PMO Conference this year – how do you pick which sessions to attend? We have Nicole Reilly, an attendee at the first two PMO Conferences, in this article letting you know about a great little tool that should appeal to you – why not download it and use it for this year’s PMO Conference?

Here’s Nicole to let you know more about it.

Attending a conference provides a wealth of opportunities to learn new things, to meet new people (or to put real faces to those you have only met online!) and to check out what the marketplace has to offer by visiting exhibitors.

I’m usually filled with enthusiasm about all the topics being discussed, but of course I cannot be in more than one place at one time. So, I’m then faced with a dilemma – how do I prioritise which topics to attend on the day and which to follow up later?

Thankfully the guys at Pragmatic PMO have come up with a handy solution for people like me – a solution that can be used for any conference you are planning to attend, using a tool that most PPM professionals with be familiar with.

The Conference Presentation Picker is an Excel spreadsheet that allows you to take advantage of the MoSCoW prioritisation method to resolve your dilemma.

>> Download a copy here (.xls)

Often referred to as MoSCoW analysis, this technique is frequently used in management, business analysis, project management, and software development to reach a common understanding with stakeholders on the importance they place on the delivery of each requirement. The term MoSCoW itself is an acronym derived from the first letter of each of four prioritization categories (Must have, Should have, Could have, and Won’t have but would like) (with the lower case Os added to make the word pronounceable!).

By entering the details of the conference agenda – topics, timings and a short description – and determining your own personal learning objectives for the day, you can use the Excel filters to identify conflicts in your choices and quickly re-plan your schedule to maximise the value you will gain from your investment to attend.  It’s a quick and easy tool that you can also use to discuss these learning objectives with your line manager, should they need any convincing regarding funding!

So, for now I can park my cloning efforts and create a personalised agenda, confident in the knowledge that I’m not trying to achieve the impossible – well not this time, anyway.

I look forward to meeting you at The PMO Conference in London on 7th June.


The PMO Conference Picker


Many thanks to Ken Burrell from Pragmatic PMO for sharing this tool – perfect for any PMO professional who likes to use Excel to keep on top of stuff. Meet Ken at the PMO Conference too!