Redefining the PMO Workshop Series (Toronto)

September 25-26, 2014 | Toronto

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!


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by Dave Garrett

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

Question: I think I’m a pretty decent project manager and now I’ve been asked to mentor three new hires that are also going to be in our department. They are CAPMs, but this is their first job out of college so management wants me to prepare them for our environment. I don’t want to scare them or discourage them, so how honest can I be about the project manager’s role?
A. Working with CAPMs will take precious time away from your own project. Ask someone from human resources if they can step in and do this organizational orientation for the new people. That’s what they get paid to do.
B. CAPMs, or even some PMPs, will know the processes and the formulas of the job, but not the peripheral tasks that often determine success or failure on a project in your organization. Find a straightforward way to make them aware of the additional responsibilities they will encounter, but don’t make it list of horror stories from your own past.
C. In order to keep this training positive, you may be too close to the negative parts of the company process surrounding projects to be effective. Ask your lead team member to work with these three and have him/her recount objectively what you do on a daily basis.
D. Despite management’s concerns regarding the new hires, anyone with a CAPM is prepared to hit the ground running. It will sap time from their projects and your own for the four of you to meet. Let them know that if they need you, they can e-mail you and you will send a quick response.
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