The PMO Competency Framework Needs Your Eyes

Time for an update with the PMO Competency Framework project we’ve been running since July last year and the team of contributors and reviewers are still going great guns. It’s what we wanted from the beginning, a real PMO community effort to bring the first open-source PMO Competency Framework to anyone working in a PMO role today.

We’ve been working on the writing and first reviews over the last couple of months – we’ve had people get involved from all over the world so we’re thrilled that’s happened too. It was always our hope that there would be interest further a field than the UK because it was always important to us that it wasn’t a UK view of the world.

So what have we learnt so far?

  • Being continuously amazed at the passion and committment of people to give their time voluntarily for a project we’ve been thinking about doing for the last five years – it’s been great to see it coming to live.
  • It’s really hard running a project like this – voluntary projects are driven by something extraordinary and sometimes you might not have that extraordinary something to give when you’ve been working all week. Plus, like any other project in the world, communication is important, yet we sometimes neglect it and need to be constantly tapping the steering wheel to keep the PMO Competency Framework bus on the road.
  • A lot about competencies! That might seem like a no-brainer but what we’re really learning here is from each other. There’s an opportunity – no matter how experienced and knowledgeable you are or aren’t – to learn something new just by being with other people who work in the same field as you.
  • Projects slip (yeah, like we really needed to learn that one!) and this one will too because it’s a lot of work, and we want to do it right and have a final product that people in PMOs, wherever they are in the world, will be able to get real value from in their careers. I guess that’s why benefits always trump schedules, especially if you can afford to wait a few more months.
  • The last time I got involved in a voluntary project there was a lot of faffing about with technology to aid a team of people to get stuff done. This time we’re managing this project with Trello, Dropbox, GotoMeeting, WhatsApp, Skype and email. We tried Slack but that was a bit rubbish.


Can we have your eyes? Your brain?

Yep that’s the gross way of asking if you’re interested in getting involved in the review stages of the PMO Competency Framework project?

We’re looking for PMO people are all levels of experience – the competency framework covers everyone after all – to get involved in reviewing one, two, or as many as you like.

What does it involve?

You’ll be given a few documents to read through to get you up to speed with how the competencies are being formed. If you’re interested in reviewing one, you’ll not be alone, you’ll be reviewing it with at least a few other people. Again, it doesn’t matter what level you’re at because we need all levels of a competency reviewing.

Want to get involved?

Drop us a line here:

We’ll be in touch with next steps!

About Lindsay Scott

Lindsay is the founder of PMO Flashmob and a Director at PMO Learning - the sister company to PMO Flashmob and the best training company for PMO people in the world! She's also the creator of London's first dedicated PMO Conference; Director of Arras People and PMO enthusiast. Loves dogs and gin.

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