The next PMO Flashmob in Scotland takes place in Edinburgh on Thursday 9th November and is hosted by Sainsbury’s Bank at Edinburgh Park.
We’ll be looking at the big topic of PMO tools. PMO tools is one of those subjects that frequently comes up as a big challenge for PMOs. Data, information, reporting – all of those things are the bread and butter of a PMO’s work. The problem we have is trying to have that opportunity for understanding and discussion about tools without it becoming a sales pitch.
We have the ideal solution to that.
We have Maggie McGeary, Governance and Reporting Manager from Sainsbury’s Bank joined by Nicole Reilly, an experienced PMO consultant who has a vast array of experience across many of the popular tools available in the marketplace today – a self-confessed PMO tool nerd! 🙂
What’s Happening on the Night
We kick off with Maggie welcoming us to Sainsbury’s Bank and opening up the session with sharing her experiences of last two organisations which have had no tooling and how this has challenged her thinking on the dependency on tools and forced her to think about the importance of having real clarity on the purpose and usage of tools and the fit of functionality to business needs, rather than blind assumption that what is required is a full-blown PPM solution in every case.
Nicole will be sharing some of her extensive experience of implementing project management tools in various organisations, and supporting businesses when it goes wrong, with tools reviews/ tool adoption initiatives, and common pitfalls to watch out for.
The session also include breakouts – giving you the opportunity to talk with your peers and work through – together – the questions that PMOs face around getting tooled up.
This is an excellent opportunity for all levels of PMO people – and varying levels of experiences with PPM tools – from working with Excel through to the bigger enterprise tools. There’s always things we can learn and it’s always great to hear about people’s real life experiences.
When and Where It’s Happening
Sainsbury’s Bank Address Details: 3 Lochside Avenue, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9DJ
Directions info: Getting to SB Lochside office
Timing: Door open at 6.45pm with the session starting at 7.15pm – concluding at 9.15pm. We want to give people the opportunity who may be working a little further away to attend too. Hot drinks and nibbles will be on hand!
The evening event costs £10:
Maggie McGeary (Chartered Banker MBA; APMP) is a PMO practitioner with 15+ years experience of working in programme and portfolio PMO and project delivery roles, primarily in Financial Services industry. Maggie has experience of setting up and evolving a variety of PMO functions both as an employee and as a consultant. She is currently employed by Sainsbury’s Bank as Governance and Reporting Manager in SB Corporate PMO. [Linkedin]
Nicole Reilly is an independent senior PMO professional at Growth Through Knowledge, and has almost 25 years’ experience in operations and change across financial services, technology, transport, media & publishing. With a strong background in business analysis, her specialisms include process improvement, PPM tools (selection, implementation, administration) and project financial management