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Category - Resource Management

Communities of Practice (CoP) and the PMO

Within the PMO Competency Framework, communities of practice (CoP) are mentioned in two different competency areas. The first one is knowledge management and the second is capability development. Communities of practice are created within organisations today to help share knowledge between people within the organisation and to also help them develop, using communities of practice as a form of social learning and social interaction. The bottom line is, communities of practice, when implemented and managed well, help to improve performance and when we talk about CoPs in relation to project management, that means they can help us improve project delivery performance. With the PMO, CoPs can mean something which people within the PMO choose to join and get involved in. This could be within or outside their organisation. It can also mean that the PMO itself runs a CoP of their own within the business - especially if its a large or global business with many people working in PMO roles.
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Current Challenges in Resource Management by PMO Practitioners

Last week we were over at Project Challenge - right now in fact, Wednesday morning - probably meeting you if you came along to the first day. Loads of you did come over the two days - some of you reading this are probably brand spanking new to PMO Flashmob so hello! As is the tradition with the PMO Flashmob stand, we always like to ask you a question or two as well. This time we asked "What is the top current challenge you have in resource management right now?" Of course we were asking because of the new Report we've released - it's here - and it's about resource management. So what was on the board
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Hybrid Reporting – Panel Session

In this panel session, we ask four members about their experiences and insights into hybrid reporting - one of the challenges that PMOs face is trying to get that one portfolio view when projects are being delivered by Agile-led (e.g., SCRUM), traditional-led (waterfall) and even continuous delivery such as product management.
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Inside PMO \\ Resource Management

‘Beyond Timesheets: The Challenges and Realities of Resource Management' The PMO Manager’s Lunch was held to explore three distinct areas that currently present a challenge: 1.Capacity Planning – cross organisation and cross divisional/department in terms of ‘do we have enough people to do the work’ 2. Allocation – down to a project level where we start to have named resources and all the fun and games of potential timesheeting issues that we do or don’t have. 3. Skills and capabilities of the delivery teams and what the PMO can do in this area for example with competency models.
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Is Demand Management Failing You?

Demand Management needs to be understood and managed in the context of the benefits of change, not in the context of local processes, subject to pressures that lead to an endless tweaking of low-value outcomes. In this article, Lodger Lain is back in the Heptagon and he shares insights that include PRUB, Impact Mapping, tactical and strategic things your PMO could be doing to improve demand management.
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Is Demand Management Failing You?

Demand Management needs to be understood and managed in the context of the benefits of change, not in the context of local processes, subject to pressures that lead to an endless tweaking of low-value outcomes. In this article, Lodger Lain is back in the Heptagon and he shares insights that include PRUB, Impact Mapping, tactical and strategic things your PMO could be doing to improve demand management.
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Launch of the New ‘Inside PMO’ \\ Beyond Timesheets

This morning we're launching the latest Inside PMO report at Project Challenge. The report, 'Beyond Timesheets: The Challenges and Realities of Resource Management' will be available to pick up at the show which takes place 22nd to the 23rd March at London's Olympia. The report is available to download on the Inside PMO section of the website. What the report is about? The Inside PMO reports are intended to be a series of reports which PMO Flashmob release which focus on topic areas which are deemed to be current challenges in the world of PMO - but more importantly they are reports which are experience based. Each report is created following a PMO Managers' Lunch, an event which brings together 12-14 current PMO Managers to talk about a certain topic over the course of a three-hour lunch. This report has been created following a Lunch in July last year at the Gherkin in Central London.
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PMO Conference 2016 \\ Resource Management – The Role of the PMO – Paul Major

Resource Management is consistently flagged as one of the most pressing problems facing the PMO today. But what are the real issues? Availability, prioritisation, assignment, utilisation, capacity planning – and which of these are actually the responsibility of the PMO? In this session we will look at the resource management challenges the project organisation faces, but zero in on where the PMO can really add value to the business, not just administrate, and hence raise the value of the PMO itself. As well as identifying the essential resource management capabilities needed we will also look at some of the “magic dust” a PMO can add to really drive value and recognition, together with some ideas on how these capabilities can be facilitated by process and technology. Takeaways: Identify the areas in resource management where a PMO should focus Describe core resource management capabilities that should be in place Demonstrate areas where the PMO can really differentiate their services The Video
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PMO Mini-Masterclass: Resource Management

The PMO Mini-Masterclass on Resource Management and the PMO was all about taking the time to start the conversations and learning specifically around the challenges PMO face in their role in resource management. The full presentation The presentation was carried out by Paul Major of Program Framework The aim of the session was to start those discussions on what challenges does the PMO actually face in resource management; what are some of the aspirations for the PMO and its role in resource management and an overview of what those roles are. The session also includes a quick demo of a new tool called Tempus Resource - it's been getting rave reviews from others working in the PMO (if you want to see that take a look here)
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PMO Models and Resourcing

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.
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