Yearly Archives: 2014

Coaching Project Managers

The first PMO Flashmob of 2015 takes place on Thursday 15th January from 6pm at ESI International’s offices just off Oxford Street. This evening’s session is all about coaching project managers. So many PMO job descriptions and roles & responsibilities include the ability to coach project managers. But do PMO practitioners actually coach project managers? Isn’t it really mentoring? Or ...

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PMO Skills and Competencies

At the PMO Flashmob in November we started taking a look at PMO skills and competencies. We decided to concentrate on this area because currently there is no standard PMO competency framework (unlike project managers) and many PMO practitioners would like to change this for two reasons. One, for their own self-development and career path. Two, to help them when ...

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Help Me to Help You – PMO Census?

At last week’s PMO Flashmob (I’m still pulling together the outputs!) I mentioned that the Project Management Census had just been launched and how I’d love to be able to make a “special” report focused just on PMO. This is the tenth year of producing it and this year we’ve focused on certain sets of questions based on the role ...

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The PMO Nightmare Before Christmas

It’s Christmas, so we thought why not talk about PMO Nightmares when we are all full of festive cheer!? PMO Nightmares Before Christmas I went along to a workshop earlier this month called “The Project from Hell”, it was a good afternoon looking at what makes projects hellish (not out and out failures but those challenges that can threaten a ...

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Agile and Earned Value – A Metric for PMOs?

This week I headed over to Arsenal football ground for the Project Controls Expo. It’s primarily aimed at people who work in the heavier project management industries like construction, manufacturing, utilities, oil & gas etc. As the name suggests it is all about project controls – planning, scheduling and the like. I decided to pop in and see what the ...

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The PMO is Evolving

Last week there was a PMO related seminar held by AtTask, the project management software organisation. I decided to go along to see if this event would be of interest to PMO Flashmobbers (I bumped into a couple there too – a tiny PMO world).  The title of the event, “The PMO is Evolving” sounded promising, as did the location, ...

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