Professional Development

Everything You Need to Know About the Essentials for PMO Managers Qualification

The House of PMO launched its third qualification - Essentials for PMO Managers - in May 2022. In this session you will gain an understanding of: Why we have created the qualification The background of the qualification Who the qualification is aimed at What the qualification covers What the exam is like How long the training course is The qualification becomes available in the marketplace for learners to book and complete their courses from June 2022.
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Doing a Self-Assessment – Career Hour

Self-assessments are just one of the ways you can do an introspective on yourself - to understand what experiences, skills, knowledge and behaviours you have that make you competent at the role you perform. Once you have that understanding, you can use it to further improve on those areas you're already performing strongly at - and of course, address some of the weaknesses that become apparent. We take a look at self-assessments with the PMO Competency Framework.
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PMO Conference 2021 \\ Improving Parliament’s PMO Capability – Carol Hindley, Catherine Hallett & Gavin Woods

Parliament UK is the centre of government and politics in the UK, and to manage democracy in the UK, they need PMOs to help them manage the portfolio of work. In this session, they share their insights into their experiences of adopting the House of PMO – PMO Competency Framework.
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Active Listening – LAB Profiles

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.
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PMO Career Hour – Cheaper Ways to Learn

In this PMO Career Hour session, we brought together a small group of PMO practitioners who were interested in exploring other ways to develop themselves that doesn't break the bank. We looked at the 70-20-10 model of learning sources - with the large majority of our learning coming from 'on-the-job'. We also looked at cheaper ways to learn about the many different subjects that impact the PMO role but the same challenge always emerges - it's not necessarily about having a budget to take up learning opportunities, the biggest challenge we have is making the time. That's a motivation that has to come from yourself, making learning a habit rather than an afterthought. Take a look at the session recorded after the event (we don't record these career sessions so people feel comfortable talking freely) and the session notes.
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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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Have a Word with the Boss

Had a conversation the other day with someone who wanted to come along to the PMO Hackathon event we're holding in October. They wanted to come along but it starts at 2pm - which of course means leaving work early and they didn't think their boss would be OK with that. I get it. They pay the wages they want you there. How many organisations these days talk about the performance and success of the business is based on its people? How being motivated, happy, appreciated and interested in their work makes a world of difference?
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Your PMO Career Mini-Masterclass

Last week we carried out our first PMO Mini-Masterclass. These evenings are about a little PMO learning combined with networking with other PMO professionals. The session took place at QA's offices right on Tower Bridge (see the offer from QA too for PMO Flashmobbers), with amazing views over the Tower of London and St Katherine Docks. The topic for the first PMO Mini-Masterclass was all about your PMO career. The session was in four areas: The PMO Marketplace PMO Job Tools PMO Training and Development Networking for Opportunities You can take a look at the first part (there are four videos in total), the PMO Marketplace here:
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Handy Guides for Learning

At last month's PMO Flashmob held at QA there were a couple of handouts that caught my attention and I thought they would be worth sharing. They were both QA materials and before you say I've gone all salesy on you, read on and find out why I thought they were worth sharing.
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