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.
How many times do we hear the term about PMOs being the ‘critical friend’ to our Project Managers, Programme Managers, SROs and others? Do we really understand what it means to be a critical friend?
In this session, we were joined by Neil Goldsmith, a professional ‘critical friend’ who gave us all the insights about performing the role of critical friend well.
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.
Whilst doing research for this and other blogs I came across a book by Shelle Rose Charvet
, entitled “Words that Change Minds”. It is a very comprehensive book on the subject of language and provides further food for thought on how we listen with our brains.
Set out below is an extract of a few of the items I think are most relevant to a PMO setting. But I would encourage you to get the book and review it in full to gain the greatest benefit.
By way of introduction, the book is all about “LAB Profiles” – related to language and behaviour. And to do it justice the following is a direct quote from the book.
In this article we take a look at 'listening with our brains', something that really taps into that great PMO practitioner skills of active listening - plus we all love a framework and in this article there are two to take a look at.
A large part of the role of the PMO is supporting communications and the exchange of information that regularly happens in projects, programmes and portfolios.
One of the most common supporting roles is the one the PMO provides in meetings and regardless of what level of PMO professional you are or what context you work in, you will be required to take effective notes.
Yet many of us working in PMOs are probably expected to just get on with it and receive minimal training or guidance.
In this extended article, we take you through to process and provide guidance and practical tips on becoming an ace note taker.