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PMO Conference 2022 \\ Professional Development in Your PMO Career – Eileen Roden and Carol Hindley
Before getting into the details of a career in PMO, it’s always worth checking that we fully understand what professional development is – what it means to be a professional, indeed to have a profession.
A career in PMO has developed and evolved over the last couple of decades, there are a myriad of job titles which reflect the different types of PMOs found in organisations today – and the different services offered.
For a PMO practitioner today that means opportunities – opportunities to grow and learn, get better at the job you do – have the opportunity to work in different types of organisations that deliver portfolios, programmes and projects in different ways.
Working in PMO today can mean working to support projects – it can mean supporting programmes. It could be portfolio management or PMOs across the enterprise. Working in a PMO can mean creating the services, rolling up your sleeves and providing the services. It can be leading a team – or having line management responsibilities. It could be taking a more consultative lead – or providing a coaching role.
With the emerging technologies of AI – machine learning, robotic process automation and predictive analytics – it can be a career for those really into the process and analysis. Equally, it can be a role which focuses more on advising, mentoring, coaching, motivating and so on.
Professional Development at the Houses of Parliament
The presentation featured Carol Hindley, PMO Manager for the Digital department at the Houses of Parliament. Carol talked about their approach when looking at the professional development needs of the PMO team.
You can find out more about their approach in the recorded session.
As a final takeaway, Carol shared these four different high level points to think about in your own career or in your own PMO.