At the PMO CV Workshop in July, PMO Practitioners got together to work on improving their CV.
There are three crucial areas of the CV - the opening profile, the career history and key achievements.
Here’s what they learnt about the three areas:
Create the opening profile of a CV which is guaranteed to tick all the boxes and get yourself noticed for all the right reasons. It will focus on understanding your own Unique Selling Points.
Learn how to write the career history part of your CV – conveying your skills and experiences in the way that hirers want to read. Learn to write about each position in your career – focusing on the facts that prospective employers want to see. You’ll learn about the power of combining responsibilities with key project competencies.
Include hard-hitting key achievements that help you stand out from the competition. Catch attention for specific roles – learn out to mix and match key achievements for maximum impact.
Until we run another PMO CV Workshop in the future, (take a look at the previous PMO Mini-Masterclass if you can't wait) in this article we take a look at the beginning stages of creating a CV - the things you have to think about before you even put pen to paper.
Ever attended a conference and wished you got more out of it afterwards? How about someone giving you the top ten takeaways to help shape your experience and thinking? There was a lot to take in at the PMO Conference this year so in this webinar we cover the top ten talking points from the PMO Conference held in London in June 2016.
Here are the top ten:
Just Enough Maturity
Missed the webinar? You can take a look here:
Take a look at the PMO Mini-Masterclass session on the subject of Benefits Management and the PMO.
In this article we take a look at the top five learning points you can take away from this session - or watch it all!
The Challenges and Reality of Portfolio Management.
The Inside PMO Report:
As organisations look to improve on the returns from strategy development and increase maturity in programme and project management delivery capability, portfolio management has increasingly taken centre stage as a business function to support that.
Portfolio management is seen as the ‘glue’ or ‘bridge’ between strategy and strategy execution (delivered by programmes and projects).
The PMO or Portfolio Office is the place where portfolio management practices become a reality for an organisation.
Status Reports - that was the subject for the last PMO Flashmob in Manchester. The evening was held at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School so we thought, an educational establishment deserves an evening of learning. So we headed to the classroom for a session on project status reports (we really know how to let our hair down!)
We held the first PMO Flashmob Webinar today.
The presentation was packed with lots of different angles, topic areas, nooks and crannies of PMO. We thought it would make a good webinar because there is a lot there to keep you engaged for an hour.
So here it is:
As we kick-start the New Year in project management, we take a look at what’s in store for the PMO in 2016 – for those working in portfolio, programme and projects offices.
1. PMOs must secure the tools they need to do the basic job
2. PMO teams will recruit data analysts
3. Getting to grips with programme management
4. Methodology makeover
5. Further practices in portfolio management
6. Measures and metrics – showing why PMO is needed
7. Picking off the services that mean the most for the business
8. Making business cases for additional capacity and capability
9. Understanding the true skillset required for where you’re heading
10. Making relationships with other departments
I recently spent a stimulating couple of days at Project Challenge last month. One of the presentations I managed to catch was entitled "Stop Implementing a PPM Tool, and Start Solving the Problem", given by Stephen Brown of Polarisoft, from which I thought you might appreciate me relating the key take-aways.
This presentation highlighted the disappointment felt by many organisations after implementing a project portfolio management (PPM) tool, when they find that the reality of working with the tool doesn't live up to their (often unrealistically optimistic) expectations. This is commonly embodied in thoughts like "We bought the wrong tool" or "We're not mature enough for a tool".
During our time at Project Challenge, we presented to a PMO audience on the topic of "Challenges and Trends in a PMO Career". I presented three challenges related to finding new opportunities and Eileen Roden presented three challenges whilst in post as a PMO professional. For the second part we did the same but this time focused on the trends we're seeing.
The presentation was well received - pitched at the right level for the audience - so it makes sense that we would want to share the presentation with you too.
Here's the presentation, available through Prezi. Below you can access the two video presentations.