PMO Roles

What Makes a Great PMO Analyst

In this session we take a look at the roles of PMO Analysts, Project Support Officers and Project Co-ordinators and reveal the top five things that really help people in these roles do a great job. We will be looking at the different parts of the role and highlight which areas are the most important and have the biggest impact for your organisation today. We will also be looking at the competences, knowledge, skills and behaviours that great PMO Analysts have and how you too can follow those examples and perhaps think a little differently about your own role. This session is also useful for anyone currently thinking getting into a PMO career and starting out as a PMO Analyst - or if you're already working in the role, some things to think about to get even better at
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Running a PMO

We're delighted to have Bill join us in this PMO Book Club session and he will be specifically focusing on the running a PMO part. He'll be focusing on areas such as executive level reporting; managing PMO resources and looking at the day-to-day operations in running a PMO. It's not often we focus on the actual day-to-day operations of a PMO - setting up a PMO seems to be the one that is often in the spotlight - so it'll be good to talk about dashboards and scorecards; think about weekly checklists, and metrics and performance.
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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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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 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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The Essentials for PMO Analysts – The Certification

The latest certification from the House of PMO - the Essentials for PMO Analysts - was introduced to the membership a few weeks ahead of the official launch date of the 22nd September 2021. The webinar, presented by co-founders Eileen Roden and Lindsay Scott, gives insights into the new certification; what learners can expect to see covered on the training course and why it is an important step in PMO learning and development.
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The PMO Supporting Sponsors

The Sponsor (programme or project) is a key player in programme and project delivery, but many PMOs still aim their services at the Programme and Project Managers. Why is that? Is the PMO missing a vital customer – arguably one of the most important roles in the whole delivery chain? During this session, we took a look at some of the reasons why this is and how to overcome them. We considered the key value-added services that can be offered by the PMO for the benefits of the sponsor – and what’s needed by the PMO team in terms of skills and experience to support that. This session is a good one for anyone working in a PMO which offers services to the business – whether that’s at project, programme or portfolio – and for PMO practitioners looking to up their value by working with and supporting senior management. The session was delivered by Eileen Roden – she’s also delivering the PMO Learning Project Sponsorship and the PMO course so you’ll gain some great insights. (If you're interested in the course, use the code #pmof-sponsor to get an extra 10% off.)  
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What Does an Ideal PMO Team Look Like?

It's another of our 12 Stand Up for PMO Days Before Christmas and insights from the PMO Unconference earlier in the year. This is the eleventh (pipers piping) and it's taken from the PMO Unconference Board. At the beginning of the day we asked attendees to post up some of the questions they would like to see covered during the day. In this post we take a look at just one of the questions, What Does an Ideal PMO Team Look Like? It wasn't just one person's question - with the powers of dot voting we could see that others were also interested in this one.
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