Bendy and Flexible PMOs

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It’s a common problem – what to call a PMO? We may call our PMO a ‘PMO’ when speaking to someone outside of our organisation, yet internally it’s called something entirely different. The name is often chosen to reflect what the organisation does, or how it delivers projects or even where it may ‘sit’ in …

Top Five Skills for a Project Support Officer

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One look at job advertisements and specifications for a project support officer or project co-ordinator today quickly reveals a set of core competencies or skills to get the job done. Regardless of the type of organisation, sector or project, you work within; the competencies remain the same across the board. Here are the top five …

Top Five Skill Areas of a Portfolio Director

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Portfolio management – the way an organisation knows which programmes and projects they should be delivering in order to meet their strategic goals for the business. And for that to happen there has to be someone accountable. Step forward the Portfolio Director role. Portfolio Directors, as a role within project management, has become increasingly common …

Getting into a Portfolio PMO

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There’s something happening in PMO with increasing frequency. I’m getting asked questions like this one: I’m currently working in a PMO, supporting a large programme. I’d like to move into a portfolio PMO in the next few years and want advice on what I should be doing to make this a reality. Portfolio management is …

The Top Five Skills of a PMO Analyst

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A PMO Analyst is someone who works within a PMO (Project, Programme or Portfolio Management Office) and is considered to be more experienced than a Project Support Officer. The roles have similarities – they are both supporting project management within an organisation and the PMO Analyst will have similar skill sets to the Project Support …

The PMO Coach

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Over the last two years our Lean-Agile PMO course has proved to be a very popular course – there are no surprises there, shifting to an agile mindset and working with more development teams who are running their projects based on Agile principles has meant the PMO has had to get educated, and quick. A …

2020 and the Fundamentals of PMO

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It’s become an annual event – taking the first week of the year to regroup, re-energise and refocus.  Last year was the beautiful Northumberland coast and this year has been a week in the windswept and equally beautiful Anglesey coast. We’ve spent the week looking at our successes and learnings from 2019 and pulling together …

Developing Your PMO Leadership Skills

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You’re great at what you do and that has put you in a position where you are either leading the PMO agenda for your business or heading up a team. Up to now, your success has been down to your PMO knowledge – but now that’s not enough, you know you are going to be …