Category - PMO Flashmob

Talking Agile PMO

Last month's PMOFlashmob was all about Agile PMOs - that's PMOs that support Agile projects (just to be clear!) We were lucky in two respects - we had an excellent venue in the shape of the Institute of Education at 20 Bedford Way in the heart of Bloomsbury. This gave us the space and the ability to invite a guest speaker along. And that's where we got lucky again with Jennifer Stapleton coming along to talk to us about Agile PMOs. Jennifer published the small handbook on this about 18 months ago and I've wanted to hear what she has to say about it for a while now. She didn't disappoint. Jennifer is one of the early adopters, a pioneer in terms of DSDM back in the early 1990s. She was the main creator of the Agile Project Management accreditation from APMG and today she's just about to launch a new publication, Agile Programme Management.
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THIS HOUSE BELIEVES PMOs ARE IN DECLINE Before the debate started, we wanted to give the attendees a chance to think about the motion. Were they for it, against it, or undecided? Those against it felt that there was no evidence to support any decline, in fact there were more job advertisements for PMO, the publication of P3O and a feeling that PMO is in more demand especially in smaller companies. Those for the motion suggested that the PMO has become an organisation dumping ground, confusion on what it actually means, another layer of administration in a business and the PMO has an inability to define its value. For those sitting on the fence, it was their lack of experience of other PMOs that made them indecisive, there doesn't seem to be a baseline or consensus about PMOs, the definition differs everywhere.
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