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PMO Career House | Framing Your Experience

In this PMO Career Hour we looked at "Framing Your Experience" which took us down a number of different paths. We covered the different PMO contexts; communication; adding value; emerging roles, using self-assessments and framing your own experience as well as that of the PMO.
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Taking Ownership of Your PMO Career

In this session we covered different areas of “taking ownership” – what that really means, what does it look like, how you can take ownership. We’ll also looked closer at the “PMO career” and uncover lots of different avenues that should spark thoughts about your own career to date and where you want to be next. Full of practical tips and insights plus a chance to hear how others are taking ownership of their PMO career.
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PMO Conference 2022 \\ Professional Development in Your PMO Career – Eileen Roden and Carol Hindley

In this session, Eileen and Carol talk about the professional development available for all levels of PMO practitioners. They’ll be focusing on the four levels of qualifications from the House of PMO, PMO career paths, their own insights in how to develop yourself and your PMO team.
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Career Hour – PMO Careers

In this session we focused on the subject of a PMO career - what makes a good career? How do people feel about their career? Do they take ownership for it? We don't record the actual session (so we can open conversations!) but we do share the deck and give you some insights into how the session went.
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Career Hour – Networking Externally, Online and Internally

In this Career Hour session we took a look at the subject of networking and how that can affect your career development. We covered the obvious ones of networking at external events and shared some tips on how to get more out of it - or just convince you that it doesn't have to feel like a daunting thing. We also covered online/virtual events and a little on social media based networking. Finally, we took a look at an often overlooked area of networking - and probably the one that has the biggest impact on your career development.
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Becoming a PMO Contractor

It's a session that has been repeatedly asked for - how to become a PMO contractor? In this session, we have invited Pragmatic PMO - Ken Burrell - who has been a PMO contractor for over ten years - to share his insights on how he became a contractor and more crucially, how he's managed to make a long-term career working on a freelance basis. There are lots of avenues that could be explored like how do you know when is the right time to go contracting? Which option should I choose - contracting, fixed-term, consulting? What do you need to know about the financial implications? How to get started in a new contract position and what to watch out for?
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The Role of the PMO Director

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.
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PMO Conference 2021 \\ Improving Parliament’s PMO Capability – Carol Hindley, Catherine Hallett & Gavin Woods

Parliament UK is the centre of government and politics in the UK, and to manage democracy in the UK, they need PMOs to help them manage the portfolio of work. In this session, they share their insights into their experiences of adopting the House of PMO – PMO Competency Framework.
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PMO Career Hour – Cheaper Ways to Learn

In this PMO Career Hour session, we brought together a small group of PMO practitioners who were interested in exploring other ways to develop themselves that doesn't break the bank. We looked at the 70-20-10 model of learning sources - with the large majority of our learning coming from 'on-the-job'. We also looked at cheaper ways to learn about the many different subjects that impact the PMO role but the same challenge always emerges - it's not necessarily about having a budget to take up learning opportunities, the biggest challenge we have is making the time. That's a motivation that has to come from yourself, making learning a habit rather than an afterthought. Take a look at the session recorded after the event (we don't record these career sessions so people feel comfortable talking freely) and the session notes.
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