PMO Learn!

A one-day learning event for you, the PMO practitioner, which focuses on the key challenge areas for PMOs today.

A blend of large-scale classroom learning; workshops; exercises and quizzes.

Join your PMO peers for a great day of learning, facilitated and led by leading PMO trainers and experts.

Takes place June 2022 in Edinburgh (14th June) Tickets still available

Please note – the PMOLearn! event on the 14th June takes place at

John McIntyre Conference Centre, The University of Edinburgh

Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY

Four Topics, One Day

The PMO Classroom Event

PMO Training in a Day

Learn with PMO Peers

PMO Learn! in 2022

Four Key PMO Challenge Areas - One Big Training Day

 

PMO Learn! features four key theme areas

Facilitation Skills | Metrics & Measures | Coaching Conversations | Value Streams

Each learning session features the theory and practical application approaches followed by classroom exercises.

It’s just like being in the largest PMO classroom training you’ve ever had

 

Facilitation Skills

Facilitation skills are a must for anyone working in a PMO. The PMO can provide that independent facilitation role in a number of different areas such as workshops, training, reviews and meetings. We can provide a service to different projects and programmes in sessions such as project kickoff and lessons learnt. We can utilise the facilitation processes and the associated techniques in diverse settings to really help our organisations create sessions that focus on capability development or review strategies. In an situation where a problem needs solving and people need to work creatively and collaboratively, we can help.

Metrics and Measures

The PMO has two different perspectives when it comes to utilising metrics and measures – the first, how do we use them when supporting delivery – be that Waterfall, Agile and a mixture of both – hybrid projects & programmes. Included in that is the portfolio view too. The second – does the PMO really add value to our organisations and if so, can we measure that? Or how are our services working for the organisation? And as a team, are we working well? Metrics and measures are linked to the way we collect and collate data, creating information which helps decisions get made and actions taken.

Value Streams

The PMO now works in an environment where there are many different ways to deliver change; waterfall, Agile, Lean, product. With a push towards business agility there is additional focus on increasing the value being delivered for customers. This focus is a call to action for a PMO. We have always owned the project methodology now we are being asked to improve it – continuously! Value stream management encompasses the methods, processes, people and tools used to deliver projects – exactly those areas that PMO supports, advises on and services.

Coaching Conversations

Coaching has often been identified as a key skill for PMO professionals, one which increases our ability to be a valued partner to the business and to the people our PMO supports. We have many experiences to share yet most of us are not qualified coaches. There is a middle ground and that is through the conversations we have every day. We can utilise different approaches in our conversations with peers, colleagues and senior management to meet our objectives of supporting decision-making and successful delivery.

PMOLearn!

Same day available both in London (8th June) and Edinburgh (14th June)

PMO Learn! Schedule

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9.00 - 9.30am

Arrival – Breakfast, Registration – at John McIntyre Conference Centre, The University of Edinburgh


With 100 PMO practitioners in attendance, it’s also a great day for making new connections with your peers

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9.30am - 10.30am

Facilitation Skills for the PMO

At great theme to get us started for the day as we can use what we’re learning throughout the rest of the day too. Being a great facilitator comes with years of practice – it’s all in the planning and using different techniques depending on what outcome you’re looking to achieve.

We’ll learn about the facilitation process and crucially focus on example facilitated sessions that PMO practitioners are most likely to run and manage.

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10.30am - 11.00am

The Facilitation Skills Practical Challenge

Our first practical challenge for the day. Throughout the day, delegates will be presented with a common PMO challenge. It’s a problem that needs solving and you’ll be working in table teams to do that.

It’s an opportunity to put what you’ve learnt to the test and also spend some time talking to your peers to swap ideas and insights.

In this facilitation challenge you could be planning a session or trying out some of the techniques you’ve been learning about.

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11.00am - 11.20am

Coffee Break

First break of the day and a time to chat about what you’ve learnt and what you’re thinking about so far.

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11.20am - 12.10pm

PMO Metrics and Measures

In this session we take a look at metrics and measures. It’s the tricky hybrid ways of delivering projects and programmes that gets our attention for the first part of this session. If we’re delivering using waterfall and agile, how do we measure this? How can we do this at project, programme and portfolio levels?

We will also be looking at those metrics and measures that demonstrate that the PMO really is delivering value to the organisation too. 

 

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12.10pm - 12.40pm

The Metrics and Measures Challenge

We’ll be testing our knowledge as well as trying to find the answers for the PMO challenge posed in this session.

With a quiz format to get us started – this metrics and measures conundrum for the PMO will require everyone in the table teams to get involved.

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12.40pm - 1.30pm

Lunch

With 100 PMO practitioners in attendance, it’s also a great day for making new connections with your peers

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1.30pm - 2.30pm

Value Streams and the PMO

Managing and optimising value streams are the next part of the Agile PMO puzzle. With enterprise-wide agility increasingly important at the executive level. PMOs need to understand that what happens at the portfolio level plus how change is delivered impacts organisational agility. Value stream management provides the techniques to help deliver change faster, and cheaper.

Value stream management takes into account the whole delivery organisation and in this workshop, we take a look at what this means for the role of the PMO.

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2.30pm - 3.00pm

The Value Stream Challenge

Time to get practical with your peers with this PMO challenge on value streams. In this workshop we will be working together, focusing on project methods, processes, people and tools – the delivery system.

Together we will be uncovering how organisational agility really impacts the work the PMO and the additional business value that we can provide.

 

 

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3.00pm - 3.20pm

Afternoon Tea

There’s still time to meet someone new over a cup of tea and some much needed cake!

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3.20pm - 4.20pm

Coaching Conversations

In this session its time to focus on the more behavioural side of the job we do. We focus on one of the main objectives of PMOs – helping and supporting those in the delivery organisation who need help to get their job done.

Whilst the PMO can train and mentor – we focus on how we can use coaching conversations to help others help themselves.

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4.20pm - 4.50pm

The PMO Coaching Conversation Challenge

Are you ready for an action learning problem to solve?

In our practical challenge exercise following the coaching conversation session, delegates will be working together to solve a very familiar problem seen in PMOs every day.

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4.50pm - 5.00pm

Final Words and Farewell

After a busy day of learning, connecting and networking – we close the day with one last round of insight sharing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get in touch if you have a question that needs answering!

Who is the PMO Learn! learning conference aimed at?

It’s for any PMO practitioner looking to get up to date with the latest in best practice across our four theme areas.

You could be a Support Officer, or a PMO Analyst, a PMO Manager or even a team of PMO people.

It doesn’t matter what level you are – you just need a passion for learning!

How is Project Learn! different from the PMO Conference 2022?

This is very much a training day – we’re blending classroom training with workshops – just on a larger scale!

The PMO Conference 2022 is still very much about thought leadership and sharing best practice – a traditional conference with an exhibition.

Are there discounts available for attending both?

Yes we’ve created the two day pass – so you can purchase both events and save ££

The two day pass will be available throughout the conference booking season however places are limited to 100 delegates at PMO Learn!

Me and colleague just want to attend Project Learn! Are there any group discounts?

Yes there are group booking discounts available now

Can I pay via BACS transfer with a purchase order?

After the Preview Rate has ended you’ll be able to choose the option to pay via BACS transfer using a purchase order. Until then, it’s credit card only.