The PMO needs people to make decisions and take action pretty much everyday. We provide reports, we have conversations, we try and influence yet still we struggle sometimes to make a message really land and even more so when it comes to people making critical decisions.
You will have heard of storytelling in a business context - most likely you've heard it called data storytelling - it's the same thing. You can use storytelling structures, techniques and a whole myriad of plot devices and character details within your day-to-day work.
Last month at Project Challenge we had the opportunity to record one of the presentations that we've been keen to hear about for a while, project leadership. Sarah Coleman is co-author of the new Project Leadership book and Sarah hosted a session on that subject.
You can view the whole presentation (and I recommend you do) below.
Here's the eight insights we took away from the presentation because as you know, leadership is just as important to the PMO community too:
At this lunch, the subject was ‘PMO Leadership’
We wanted to understand about PMO leadership experiences, leading people, the PMO and leading in the organisation.
There is a real lack of insights when it comes to leadership in PMOs. What makes a good PMO leader? How do you become a great leader of the PMO? Is it different to leading any other type of business function? These were just some of the questions we wanted to find answers to for this Inside PMO Report.
We also wanted to understand if leadership skills and the different qualities and behaviours are just limited to PMO Managers and Directors - those that traditionally lead a PMO. What about the people who work in the PMO? What about the PMO itself?
In the latest report, we take a look at leadership from different PMO angles and bring some new insights for the PMO community.
The increasing exposure of agile methodologies has raised the subject of servant leadership (706,000 hits on Google!). However, the level of understanding of servant leadership remains low and needs to be raised if the PMO are going to gain real value from it. Gain that understanding and the link between servant leadership and the developing role of the PMO.
The Inside PMO Report on PMO Leadership was released during 2022 and at the project management expo show in London we shared the insights to an audience of project management practitioners.
We also had an exhibition stand and asked visitors to the stand to think about their own experiences of leaders - both good and bad.
You can take a look at the presentation we did - and see what others thought about leaders too.
Access the video presentation from The PMO Mini-Masterclass on PMO Leadership which took place in September 2017 in London
This video is 44 minutes long.
The session was carried out at TwentyEighty Strategy Execution by Tim Wasserman and Alaina Fletcher
About the PMO Mini-Masterclass - PMO Leadership
We really love listening to other PMO practitioners' experiences and we know many of our members do too. In this session, we listen to Gary Heath, a long time supporter of House of PMO and luckily for us, vastly experienced in PMO. As he says in his opening introduction, he's worked in pretty much any type of role, for example, permanent, contractor, fixed-term, consultant, associate - you name it he's done it.
In this session, Gary talks about the different types of resourcing for the PMO plus he reflects over his 20+ year career in PMO to bring different insights to the different types of PMO models out there. What's refreshing to hear in this session is how Gary is still learning too. He touches on the evolving scaled delivery models and something called the Lean PMO has he continues to research the impact Agile delivery is having on PMOs, and what the future might hold.
A great session for anyone at any level in the PMO - it's always interesting to hear how other practitioners have managed their careers and the insights they've learnt along the way.
Modern project management has been mainly focused on the different methods and delivery approaches for managing projects and programmes.
Waterfall, Lean, SCRUM, Kanban, Agile – the list goes on. Utilising the right approach for the right project is key, yet the biggest success factor for successful projects remains the same – effective leadership and management of people in project environments.
Over the next few weeks we are going to cover several different frameworks, approaches and techniques that the modern project practitioner can utilise in their day-to-day work that make a difference to people and their performance levels. We also share ten different things your PMO can be thinking about to make a real difference to the performance of your PMO. We're going to look at the following areas:
This article covers the first, servant leadership.
We welcomed Mitch Rollings who is a PMO Director for Westpac Bank in Australia. Mitch has worked within PMO for many years - both within the UK and Australia.
Mitch's session is open, honest and frank about his experiences and his approach to performing the role successfully.
He starts off by giving an overview of the structure of the organisation and where the PMO and his role fits into that and talks about his first 100 days in post - the areas that were focused on. He also talks about some of the pain points of the role and of course some of the successes.
In this article, you can see the session yourself, plus we add our ten favourite insights.