Category - Governance

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 Project Governance

We headed over to Bristol last month, lovely weather to be tucked up inside learning about Agile Project Governance but definitely worth it. There were so many little gems I took away and I know that other PMO Flashmobbers there on the night had a lot of their questions answered. Essentially we were all there to find out what exactly changes when projects are being delivered in an Agile way - when compared to traditional projects. And if something changes what does the PMO have to know about - and what do they have to do about it?
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PMO Agile Governance

Back in June I went along to an event hosted by p3m global to talk about the latest PMO Conference (ended up making a webinar about that here). The evening was all about PMO - specifically about Agile PMO. Before the main evening event we had a roundtable discussion about Agile PMO too (more about the outcomes of that later in the post). The main speaker for the evening was Chris Davies from DSDM Consortium and he was talking about a subject that I know many people within the PMO are interested in - what services or support does the PMO provide for their organisation's Agile projects? And specifically what needs to happen with governance? First of all, let's just remind ourselves what governance actually means, I like a lot of Graham Oakes' work and this is lifted from one of his many presentations on governance available via Slideshare:
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PMO Conference 2016 \\ Governing the Programme Office – Michel Thiry

There are many definitions for the programme office. In this presentation, it is: “The decision-making and support group responsible for ensuring that programme goals are achieved. It provides support to the SRO/Executive Sponsor and the programme team.” Governance is currently one of the most misused terms in the business as it is mainly focused on monitoring and control. Programme governance consists of more than that. The programme office will need to address the three following principles as part of their governance responsibility: Develop the program vision and objective, based on the business strategy and stakeholders’ needs; Put in place the right structures and allocating the resources necessary to achieve the vision; Set up appropriate monitoring and control systems to make the right decisions and realign the program if necessary. This presentation will examine each of these three streams and explain how to achieve these objectives. Takeaways: Understand how program office governance is linked to corporate governance and strategic objectives Realise, through examples, how these governance principles are applied Appreciate practical tools and concepts that can be used to achieve governance responsibilities
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PMO Conference 2016 \\ Organisational Benefits Realisation Management – Carlos Serra

Organisations have been continuously seeking ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their programme and project delivery processes in order to achieve higher return on investment. PMOs have increasingly played a key role in this trend mostly by ensuring the correct utilisation of project management best practices and by supporting the programme and project delivery processes. In this scenario, PMOs play a significant role in supporting the utilisation of benefits realisation management practices to ensure programmes and projects maximising the creation of strategic value to the business. The presentation will focus on some key areas where the PMO can support effective benefits realisation and what many organisations are still finding challenging, which are benefits definition and benefits tracking. The key organisational roles and responsibilities to enable effective benefits realisation will also be discussed as well as the key challenges that organisations face to have benefits realisation management implemented on organisational level. Takeaways: How to define a benefit How to track benefits realisation What are the key organisational roles for creation of organisational value through effective Benefits Realisation Management The Video
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PMO Conference 2022 \\ Mastering Lean Portfolio Management – Jon Ward

Lean Portfolio Management seeks to maximise the business value created from inward investments and as such is an essential part of the PMO toolkit in enterprises using agile delivery methods. This session will outline how Lean Portfolio Management uses Lean and systems thinking to provide new approaches for; strategy execution, funding of investments, portfolio operations, and governance. It will give an overview of how Lean Portfolio Management supports DevOps approaches by breaking initiatives down into smaller deliverables to increase Flow and create delivery efficiency. The session will include an introduction to Lean Portfolio Management theory illustrated with practical examples from implementing Lean Portfolio Management across a 6000 person technology team in a global financial institution with a budget in excess of £1 billion.
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