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Agile and Earned Value – A Metric for PMOs?

This week I headed over to Arsenal football ground for the Project Controls Expo. It's primarily aimed at people who work in the heavier project management industries like construction, manufacturing, utilities, oil & gas etc. As the name suggests it is all about project controls - planning, scheduling and the like. I decided to pop in and see what the Expo would be like for PMO people (great if you're working in these industries and these types of roles). Whilst there I decided to listen to a presentation from Sellafield called 'Agile and Earned Value'. I initially thought, Sellafield and Agile?? Gawd this could easily be Mr Burns' Springfield Nuclear Power Plant if Agile is being used! Luckily they are just using Agile for some of their software related projects, not for reactor building!! I wanted to include a few highlights here and some of the slides because I know some PMOs are becoming more actively engaged in supporting Agile projects in their organisation. The earned value aspect of Agile projects could be one way the PMO could monitor these projects. Stephen Jones, Programme Lead at Sellafield and Chairman of the APM PMC SIG carried out the presentation, he has also written a whitepaper to support it.
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Agile Frameworks: Implications for the PMO

Which Agile Framework – Does it Matter? The Implications for a PMO All scaling frameworks share some common patterns: Scrum at the team level, many teams sharing the same backlog, planning done collaboratively across teams, and the general principles of pull, self-organisation and continuous improvement.  What does this mean for a PMO?  What are the differences between the main Agile at Scale frameworks; SAFe, Scrum@Scale, Large Scale Scrum, GDS, and so on.  How does a PMO know it is using the right framework? This interactive PMO Flashmob session explores the mysteries of Agile at Scale!
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Agile PMO – How Much is Enough?

In October it was the annual Agile Business Conference in London and we asked PMO Flashmob regular Brenda Nombro to go along to the conference to find out more about what the PMO community could learn from the conference. Brenda will be creating a few articles on different presentations she attended. Here's Brenda to tell you more. The conference agenda was jammed packed and for every breakout session I could attend, you missed another three, however the first session that I attended on Day 1 was a bit of a no-brainer – How Much is Enough Governance when it Comes to an Agile PMO? from Jonathan Stout from AXA. It was clearly a topic close to many hearts as the room quickly filled with many standing or sitting around the edges. The presentation wasn’t particularly well delivered and felt very clunky at times. I had hoped for some real practical examples of how the theory becomes practice, but this was lacking and I didn’t get any idea of specific context despite some anecdotal examples. Having said this, there were some points on which I can reflect.
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Agile PMO – Tooling

In this session, Matthew was joined by another lodger, Nicole Reilly. Together they talked about the different Agile related tools that are available and what the PMO needs to know. There are literally hundreds of different tools out there that are used by Agile teams. There are also many different options to extract data which is then used by management teams to understand what progress is being made and what decisions and actions are needed to be taken. This session is more conversational in style rather than a presentation of which tools are the best - there are no demos. We did focus on the most common ones in use - JIRA, Confluence, Azure Dev Ops and Trello and learn a few things along the way. The main take away is - there is no silver bullet when it comes to Agile tools and there certainly isn't one tool that can support Agile and waterfall delivery together.
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Agile PMO – Is the PMO Equipped to Support Traditional and Agile Projects?

Agile PMO – Is the PMO Equipped to Support Traditional and Agile Projects? Many PMOs now need to support Agile projects as well as traditional waterfall projects, moving to support hybrid delivery methods. PMO Flashmob launched the latest Inside PMO report, “Agile PMO - What’s New and What’s Not” earlier this year bringing insights from PMO Managers working in PMOs that support hybrid delivery today. The report looks at the functions and services required and answers the questions – what stays the same, what needs to change and what is new. The question for the PMO community is, “do you understand what additional skills and competencies you need to be equipped with?” Many of the skills you have are still required, but some will need further honing or developed from scratch. This session will talk about how the services of the PMO change when supporting Agile projects and what associated skills you will need to have to do that successfully. Inside PMO is an annual report from PMO Flashmob which is created from contributions from leading PMO Managers on key PMO themes.
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Agile PMO Coffee

In this session, we invited three panellists to join us - each with considerable experience in Agile PMOs. View the recorded session, read the highlights and summary with questions from the audience.
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Agile PMO Series – Removing Blockers

We hear all the time that the PMO should be able to support Agile teams in removing blockers - but what does this actually mean? In this session we looked at what blockers and impediments are - and how they relate to issues and risks in the more traditional sense. We also took a look at the ScrumMaster role and how the PMO works with them.
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Agile PMO Series – Planning and Estimating

In this fifth edition of the Agile PMO Super Series we focused on planning and estimating. There are different types of planning in Agile led projects - just as there are in more traditional waterfall projects. For the PMO it's about being able to understand what types of planning there is, who is responsible for it and knowing where the PMO can support. View the session to learn more about sprint planning, product roadmaps, planning poker and more.
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Agile PMO Super Series – We Can’t Just Add an A to PMO

We decided to start the Agile PMO Super Series because there is so much that PMOs today are trying to understand and work out the best approach for their organisations. Ever since we did the first PMO Flashmob session on Agile PMO back in 2014, we've been on a quest to keep up to date with what has been happening in the real world and sharing that with the members. The Agile PMO Super Series is six sessions over six months - and the audience picks what they want the sessions to be about. Matthew hosts the sessions (he's our lodger in the gym) and in this first one he wanted to make sure the scene was set - what is an Agile PMO, and what it isn't.
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