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#PMOwfh / Assurance and Emeralds

In this session we covered: The problem with not being able to buy P3O manuals anymore; project status updates with Insta; working from home versus the office; project assurance; audit + added value = assurance and emerald glasses.
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#PMOwfh / Checklists

In this month's #PMOwfh we decided on a theme to take us through the session. It was all about checklists! There has been a recently released book that many have read and really enjoyed, it's called The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right. It got us thinking. Checklists used to be really popular in the PMO but over the years checklists started to have negative connotations - using checklists was seen as the clipboard wielding PMO acting like the 'PMO Police', a bureaucratic form of control which did us no favours with our project managers and various stakeholders. The book reminded us that there are a number of different reasons for having checklists. The PMO can use them to help delivery and we can also use them to help us develop our PMO and the people working within it. Read on for more insights, templates, the recorded session and slidedeck.
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#PMOwfh / Patterns and the PMO

In this month's #PMOwfh (with a new jingle!) we covered; automation, autism, new jobs, optimism, PMO objectives, models, patterns, ambassadors and apophenia amongst other things. Don't you just love that the PMO is so eclectic!? You can see the recorded session below and download the 10-in-10 (10 slides in 10 minutes)
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#PMOwfh / PMO Maturity, Uniqueness and Toast

The monthly #PMOwfh covers lots of different aspects of PMO within the hour. We talk about the month we've had, Poll of the Month, 10 in 10, Over to You and feature special guests and get you talking with others on the session. Oh yes and there are jingles! In this session we covered: The latest report from PMI on PMO Maturity; the definition of projects and are they really unique; work breakdown structures and getting started with toast.
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#PMOwfh / Senior Executives

In this #PMOwfh session we invited along the PMO Conference 2022 closing keynote speaker Andrew Whyatt-Sames. Andrew is a Executive Team Coach, Psychologist and in this session he gave us the keynote in 10 slides! Also in this session we covered some insights from the Enterprise PMO paper (you can see more on that here); psychological contracts, "most crucial challenge for the PMO leader is to get the right balance of speed and excitement" (see the article here); commuting and Japanese culture.
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Developing Your PMO Career

We continue our weekly PMO Flashmob meetups on a Wednesday (with the delightful HotPMO as co-host!). Each week (even now eight, nine weeks later) feels slightly out of control as we have group chats; breakout sessions; quick-fire presentations; using different collaborative tools; show-and-tells and the odd jingle thrown in there. We started it, well, because we knew we wouldn't be in our usual haunts (aka pubs) for a while and we would miss chatting to others and sharing stuff like we normally do. Over the past couple of months so far in lockdown we've learnt together - especially how to get on in the virtual world - and how our work might be changing now and in the future. Sometimes we've gone for themes, sometimes not. In this post, we share the outcomes from a session about development. In it we kick off with a ten-in-ten (10 slides, 10 minutes); then onto a crowdsourced view of what development people have undertaken (taken across four different levels of roles); a chat about what's been useful in their development and finally, what further development people are looking to do. Interested? Read on.
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From Crisis to Recovery: What the PMO Can Be Doing Now?

In last week's #PMOwfh we had a great session led by Adam Skinner about the impact the pandemic has had on our organisation's portfolio of projects - lots of mothballing and projects put on hold. The session also looked forward to recovery and the thinking that is required now, to start getting a plan in place for recovery. The PMO has a role to play in that recovery and in this 30-minute session, Adam takes us through that.  
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