What is a Lean Agile PMO?

Late November on a cold night in Yorkshire, we held the first PMO Flashmob in Leeds to a full house. I think the subject matter for the evening had something to do with it – the Lean Agile PMO.

The session was run by Jon Ward* and the overview for the evening:

The Lean-Agile PMO

Evaluating project status – a new skill for the Lean-Agile PMO?

The evening session starts with a Pub-Quiz exercise and develop the concepts a PMO should adopt to evaluate the status of Agile initiatives.

This session introduces the Lean-Agile PMO concept and how its role may differ from a tradition PMO.

The Lean-Agile PMO has been conceived so that it can simultaneously support activities delivered using both agile and traditional methodologies.  However, in doing so, it has been found necessary to amend the traditional PMO focus.With lean focussing on customer satisfaction, reduction of waste and continuous improvement and Agile providing just enough services just in time, using a collaborative culture in order to ensure that activities can be delivered securely and demonstrably as fast as possible – what does the Lean-Agile PMO do?

We will covered the role of the PMO in accelerating project delivery.  We look at risks, benefits and initiative performance. We also consider the implications for a PMO evaluating agile status.  Finally we look at Agile risk management and how it may relate to traditional projects; the importance of benefits in agile and the implications for waterfall activities and find the answers to the question –  are they any different?

The Session

The full video session and accompanying slideset are now available:

Also access the slides from the session

>> The Lean-Agile PMO

Want more?

There is a one day training course available in London on the 14th February run by Jon Ward – the Lean-Agile PMO. PMO Flashmobbers have access to 15% off the course price bringing the price down from £440 to £374 ex VAT/Fees.

Here’s the overview:

The course is designed to support PMOs as they make the changes necessary to support both Agile and traditional projects, programmes and portfolios.

The Lean-Agile concept;

  • The Lean PMO objective: A PMO which delivers maximum value to its customers (Stakeholders) with as little wasted effort as possible. To facilitate project execution such that wasted project effort is minimised. To provide an ethos and mechanism for continuous improvement
  • The Agile PMO objective: To provide a project ecosystem and collaborative culture such that projects are demonstrably delivered as fast as possible, irrespective of delivery methodology, with “just enough” governance so oversight so that risks are well managed and success is assured.

This concept shifts the focus of the PMO to stopping activities from going wrong and making initiatives, both agile and traditional to go faster. The course will outline the process and capability changes needed to upshift the PMO function so that it may support both agile and traditional projects and programmes. It will introduce the concepts of agile portfolio management and portfolio reporting. Following this course participants will:

  • Understand how metrics are used in reporting on agile and linear projects,
  • Be able to evaluate the suitability of Risk Management strategies in the agile context,
  • Evaluate the status of agile projects using Red Amber Green analysis.
  • Control path-to-green corrective action plans.

This interactive course is designed for Senior PMO Managers, PMO Leads, PMO Analysts and Heads of Change who wish to introduce an added value Lean-Agile PMO concept. An option for certification of proficiency will be provided by Beneficial Consulting based upon a thirty-minute multi-choice questionnaire at the conclusion of this course.


Visit the Eventbrite page and use the discount code in the promotional field: PMOFlashmob


For more details visit Beneficial Training


About Jon

Programme Director for a number of International Strategic Change and Regulatory Programmes. Including Agile organisational change $100 million, Agile IT Transformation, New Product Development $28 million, Project Audit and recovery activities. Certified Scrum Master with experience of TDD, BDD, CI, and Agile Transformation with SAFe and Disciplined Agile. Certified PMO Value Ring consultant.

As head of change delivered a portfolio of $68million established portfolio and governance processes reducing costs by 10% in six months. Established an Agile PMO, set up and ran a PMO as part of a £10million ring-fence activity, delivered a number of regulatory programmes.



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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