Redefining the PMO Workshop Series (London)

August 7-8, 2014 | London

In this in-depth, two-day event, four workshops led by leading experts and attended by a small group of peers will help you redefine your PMO (and earn PDUs in the process!). In Workshop 1 ("Be a Business Driver, not a PMO passenger"), Mark Price Perry looks at ready-to-apply examples of business-driven PMO success. In Workshop 2 ("Harmonizing Project Management and Agile – Viva la Revolution!"), Dave Prior explores the impact that agile can have on a PMO. In Workshop 3 ("Succeed by Managing the Portfolio Lifecycle: Ideas Through to Benefits Realization"), Andy Jordan examines portfolio execution. And in the final workshop, an open-space meeting with all attendees investigates Redefining the PMO: Issues, Opportunities, and Breakthrough Thinking. Attendance is limited, so sign up today!

How to Run a Small PMO

by Elizabeth Harrin

You don’t have to be a big firm to have a PMO. Even small teams benefit from taking a high-level view of the portfolio.


Special Announcement Joins the PMI Family!

by Dave Garrett

January 13, 2014 was an amazing day for us here at Everything you love about the site is about to get better. As a part of the PMI family, we will have the resources to step up our game and become more responsive to your needs than ever before. Our reach will grow exponentially, so more of your peers will be here to answer questions and to share ideas with. Some of these changes will take time and others you’ll see right on for more about this exciting announcement.

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Karen Tate on Techniques


Karen Tate is the owner and founder of The Griffin Tate Group Inc. and partner in MartinTate, LLC. She has over 25 years experience in project management, and has written 5 books on the subject. Karen was featured as one of the top 12 Women Project Managers in PM Network Magazine. The focus of her books, Project Management Techniques, is absolutely key to success in the field. Dave Garrett recently sat down with her to discuss which techniques are most important and why.

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Where Does the PMO Fit?

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

With everything going on in an organization, where does the PMO fit in? And how does it work with all the other components around it?

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10,001 Hours of Project Management

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

How many hours does it take to become a project manager? That’s not a trick question, but can become tricky when you try to answer it with any kind of precision.

Topic Teasers

Topic Teasers Vol. 38: Misunderstood Prototyping

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: Our manager resists my agile team using prototyping. She believes that the time spent on the prototype takes time away from completing the work we are supposed to deliver during the early iterations. How do we convince her that in the long run, it saves the organization time and money to use this technique?
A. Using company time and resources to create a prototype wastes money and delays the actual completion of a shippable or deployable product or software. Listen to your manager. She is in that position because she knows more than you do.
B. Managers do not always “hear” unless you speak in their own language and frame practices from the “What’s in it for me?” point of view. Find a good non-software example with budget numbers she can relate to and then translate this to substantiate why you think prototyping is almost mandatory in your situation.
C. If you are not allowed to use prototypes when they are clearly called for, work with your team to slow down the velocity of your output. When asked by the product owner or external customer the reason for the delay, point the finger at your manager.
D. Explain to your manager that she does not know how to develop software. Convey that a firm part of every Scrum cycle is to develop a prototype before moving on to do other user stories in the product backlog.
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