Writing a Great PMO CV

Arras People

We started off down a path to finding a great PMO role, so far we’ve looked at what it is you’re actually selling in the employment market and then we’ve started with the background prep we need to do before starting to write a CV. Both of these steps are crucial if we want to find a great PMO role – without them we’ll just be making application after application without really understanding the chance we have in landing one of those roles.

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Getting Started With Your PMO CV

Arras People

When you’re looking for a new role in PMO, we never start with the thinking that we’re looking for an average job, something that will do. It’s about putting our best selves forward so we can find and secure a great PMO job. In the last article – Where to Start in Finding a Great PMO Job – we started by getting into the right kind of mindset and understanding what it is that you’re selling. PMO PMO CV PMO Learning PMO job

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The Balanced PMO

The Lazy Project Manager

The same is true of the PMO. A balanced approach will definitely pay dividends and will not only ensure that the PMO is as effective and efficient as possible but will also aid the acceptance of the PMO by the rest of the organisation. For example, if your PMO is created solely with the purpose of being the ‘project police’ then you will be in for a very short run.

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Where to Start in Finding a Great PMO Job

Arras People

You’re looking for a new job in PMO, you don’t just want any job, you want a great job. In this article we start by taking a look at the most important component when it comes to finding a new PMO job. I get a lot of questions from PMO practitioners who find job hunting a struggle – often they can’t work out why there are no positive responses to applications they make or why interviews are not ending in success and a job or contract offer. So for example, the PMO context.

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Realign Your Vision – 3 Ways The PMO Can Drive A Successful Business Transformation

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Business transformation is a high priority in today's corporate landscape - a fact that the C-Suite is well aware of. But once executives have decided to implement some type of transformation, they often rush to de-prioritize it. Sometimes they even stop paying any attention at all to this critical organization change, delegating essential strategy projects to those with little to no relevant experience. Enter: the project management office. PMOs are uniquely situated to orchestrate organizational change, all while building a landscape that is centered around collaboration and social interaction.

The PMO is Dead… Long Live the PMO!

Arras People

In this guest post from Christopher Worsley at CITI he looks at one of my favourite subjects, the PMO. For those of you who have worked in this field I’m sure you’ll recognise some of the scenarios that can lead to the demise of a PMO. You may or may not agree with his thoughts around the PMO, ” it is a function not a department” or indeed that PMOs are binned because they become stakeholders. What is a PMO anyway? The PMO gets disbanded.

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Professional Development for the PMO Professional

Arras People

Plus you never really got or understood the bigger picture about what a PMO was about, what it could be, and what was possible with the job. For many years the PMO was stuck in the project administration doldrums, and the lack of professional development was part of that problem. The picture below shows the levels that exist today (image taken from PMO Learning ). PMO was – and still is – growing up to become a valued part of the delivery organisation.

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PMO Career Advice Sessions in London

Arras People

Next week our very own Lindsay Scott will be bringing the PMO Flashmob to London on the 9 th and 10 th of May. This is a chance for you to sit down and talk with a PMO career expert and get a review of your CV, advice on how to develop your PMO career, getting interviews and how to prepare for them. This is a workshop specially designed for PMO support and PMO managers (both contract and permanent) to learn how to create the write their CV for the PMO market.

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The PMO Benchmark Report

Arras People

We mentioned in the report that we would go on to release other reports throughout the year – and here’s one for those of you interested in the PMO – with the PMO Benchmark Report. It was created in collaboration with PMO Flashmob and it’s available to download today.

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Starting a PMO

MPUG

PMI describes the Project Management Office (PMO) as a strategic driver for organizational excellence. The PMO seeks to enhance the practices of execution management, organizational governance, and strategic change leadership. Company A might not have a PMO, company B could have a PMO where the project managers (PMs) do not report to the PMO, and Company C could have a mature PMO where the PMs report to the PMO. Beginning a PMO.

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The PMO Conference is Back in Town

Arras People

I’ve spent the last few months putting together the programme for the next PMO Conference. It was a sell out success last year and firmly put PMO on the map in terms of a full day of professional thought leadership and insight sessions all aimed at those who work within PMO roles. A bigger venue with four streams of PMO sessions throughout the day with delegates being able to choose the presentations that appeal to them the most. The Integrative Role of a PMO.

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The ROI of PMO

Keyedin

Understanding the essential value of investing in your PMO. Today’s PMO is a chaos wrangler, a master of governance, a resource manager and the linchpin of operational excellence. However, that is exactly what a PMO is — a partner, a value driver and a worthwhile investment.

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PMO Conference 2018: Video Diary

Girl's Guide to PM

On 13 June 2018 I went to the PMO Conference in London. It’s one of the few conferences that is specifically focused on PMO practices, process, tools and people. I don’t think of myself as really a PMO person so I wasn’t sure what I would get out of it. The post PMO Conference 2018: Video Diary appeared first on Girl's Guide to Project Management. Elizabeth's Diary conference PMO

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Build A PMO You Can Be Proud Of

Project Risk Coach

So, how can you build a PMO you can be proud of, one that thrives? No one intends to build an impotent PMO, but it happens. The PMO lacks power and effectiveness. Therefore, people see the PMO as a hindrance, not an enabler. Furthermore, I describe how to handle PMO threats—things that may hinder your ability to build a PMO—here. PMO Sponsorship. Without a strong, influential sponsor, the PMO is doomed. Then don’t create a PMO.

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What are PMO Technical Competencies?

Arras People

Last week I carried out a project management careers clinic for someone looking to move on in their PMO career. There was an interesting part of the conversation when I mentioned that of course PMOs differ in different organisations but generally there is a core set of PMO technical competencies. Same goes when I talk about PMO functions and services. You’ll see that the list is pretty long – each of these items on this list we call PMO functions too.

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Sustain Your PMO: Nine Easy Lessons

The Lazy Project Manager

As has been already discussed the reality out there in ‘PMO land’ is that there is not a plethora of wise and experienced PMO managers, directors, leaders, heads, etc., and so it is sensible for anyone who is engaged to help an organisation set up a new PMO or advise on improvements to an existing PMO to reach out for some help. The risk to not doing so is to, at the very least, slow the return on investment of the new PMO down. Is the PMO model the right one?

Moving On in a PMO Career

Arras People

I’m working in a PMO at the moment and looking to move on in my career over the next year. PMO still causes quite a bit of confusion in the marketplace – mainly because there are so many different types of PMO and in turn so many different types and levels of people who work within them. I advise any PMO practitioner to include in their resume a line about the type of PMO using the same language that is found in the wider marketplace.

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Key Responsibilities of the PMO

Brad Egeland

A project management office (PMO) is an organizational entity usually tasked to centralize and coordinate the management of projects within an organization. ​ A PMO oversees the management of projects, programs, or a combination of both. The projects supported or administered by the PMO may not be related other than by being managed together. The PMO is also responsible for staffing each project with the right personnel to give the project its best chance for success.

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Transform Your PMO into a Value Center

Keyedin

So then why do project management offices (PMOs) and PMO leaders constantly find themselves justifying their moves and validating their existence? And that every PMO leader should know how many and which projects are the “game changers.” The Future of the PMO.

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PMO: The Gap Closers

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

The PMO: Gap Closer. It’s the PMO. In a small organisation, it’s a central PMO that carries out key services in portfolio, programme and project support. The only entity that exists today that can support that is the PMO. Perhaps it’s not called a PMO – it can be called anything. Where the PMO Closes the Gap. The PMO can: Assist in setting up the portfolio management processes and tools.

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Online Training: RapidStart PMO Review

Girl's Guide to PM

RapidStart PMO: Online Project Management Training Review. The paid course covers everything you’d need to get a PMO up and running in a few months. There are two workstreams within the RapidStart methodology: Workstream 1: Designing, launching and aligning the PMO. Then it talks about aligning the PMO. Workstream 2: Operating the PMO. The focus here is on keeping the momentum going and making sure that you can run the PMO day-to-day.

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The International PMO standard from AIPMO

Henny Portman

AIPMO is developing the first ‘leading’ international PMO standard based on a combination of research findings and expert knowledge. P3O or IPMA PMO certifications are not comparable to AIPMO’s core certifications in terms of approach, content and outcome. AIPMO’s core PMO certifications covers much more! To support the certifications and running or assessing a PMO there will be 7 core publications (still work in progress). PMO Services and Capabilities.

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Is Your PMO a Healthy PMO?

MavenLink

So here you are, leading a successful project management office (PMO) and all is well with the world. If the answer to any of these is “yes,” then now is the time to move onwards and upwards (according to your plans); perhaps extending to an enterprise level PMO and connecting with your clients’ PMOs, for example. As a starting point, why not just re-validate the current support for your PMO and also re-validate the business need? As is taking your PMO “pulse.”.

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Back to PMO School in September

Arras People

There’s quite a lot going on in September for those of you who are working in PMO in the UK. PMO Flashmob – the networking group for PMO people – is hosting three events in London, Southampton and Edinburgh. Get your new bag and pencil-case sorted, it’s back to PMO School this September! Agile PMO. Still a hot topic for PMOs – the Agile PMO. The final event for PMO Flashmob takes place in London on the 29th September.

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Does your PMO hinder or help your agile transformation?

Kiron Bondale

So what can a PMO do to actively support an agile transformation? An agile transformation provides the leadership of a PMO with a good opportunity to review their charter and service catalog – are these still relevant, and if not, what can be changed to ensure that the PMO is not identified as common impediment by agile teams! An agile project management office might sound to some like an oxymoron, right?

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Aligning the PMO to Organizational Strategy

WorkOtter

How do you sell management on the relevance and importance of the PMO to the organization?”. This is one of the top questions pondered by the majority of PMO leaders I have met in the workshops I have presented over the years. The Secret is in Using a Top-Down Approach.

PMO Health Check 101

Brad Egeland

Do you have a healthy PMO? If you are a project-centric organization, then a project management office (PMO) that is run effectively, efficiently, productively and focused on delivering great projects from great leaders is what it's all about. PMO health is all about. A PMO that is headed in the right direction has an experienced leader at the helm. Indeed, the PMO will suffer greatly and it will likely be doomed to fail. Is it run efficiently?

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New PMO – the Hub of Innovation?

Arras People

Is your PMO the hub of innovation in your organisation? Getting used to a new PMO function is a significant cultural change for any project community. An organisation that previously had no centralised project support could feel that a new PMO is a constraining influence, imposing formal processes, and stopping them responding promptly to ad hoc requests. Here, a PMO will take the time to set out the benefits resulting from anything new. Change management PMO

The Need for an Innovative PMO

MPUG

Traditionally, the department managing the flow of projects, including innovation initiatives, is the Project or Portfolio Management Office (the PMO). According to the Project Management Institute, 71% of companies have a PMO, a steady rise over the past ten years. Other recent surveys suggest that 90% of large enterprises , 88% of midsize companies, and 61% of small companies now have a PMO, too. The post The Need for an Innovative PMO appeared first on MPUG.

4 Considerations When Setting Up a PMO

Brad Egeland

What types and sizes of projects will be handled by the PMO? Will all or just some of the organization's projects be directed to the PMO. Is funding readily available and easily obtainable for the PMO? Many may seem to back a new PMO, but is the money really there?

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PMO in a Professional Services Firm

EasyProjects

The project management office (PMO) is typically an operating unit of a professional services firm. The writer worked for an extended period in two firms that may broaden the concept of the PMO. Meaning of PMO, its role and responsibility. What are the benefits of the PMO?

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How To Secure Your PMO Profitability?

Project-Management.pm

It’s safe to say that Project Management Office ( PMO ) has numerous advantages and the results it impacts to the organization have been effective and helpful. Every existing organization around the globe are swearing by PMO. Over the years PMO profitability seems non-existent. Such occurrence causes the PMO to fall into a disorganized chaos that disrupts the flow of the project. PMO Profitability Problem #1: The PMO is a progeny of a defective executive structure.

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4 Key Ingredients of a Viable PMO

Brad Egeland

Here I've outlined what I believe to be the four key elements of project management office (PMO) success. Follow these four key elements and the likelihood that your PMO will be viable will increase drastically. The PMO must focus on hiring good, experienced project managers.

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PMO Spotlight – Michelle Kinzie @ Constellation Brands

Clarizen

Tell us more about the types of projects in your portfolio and how your PMO operates. The post PMO Spotlight – Michelle Kinzie @ Constellation Brands appeared first on Clarizen. PMO Spotlight Clarizen News Project Portfolio Management

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Project Management Careers Q&A – PMO Manager Career Path

Arras People

I’ve been working as a PMO Manager for a number of years now and I want to progress further into portfolio level PMOs, getting involved in strategy execution and generally working at a more senior level. As well you know, there are many different types of PMO in existence so the transition you make will largely depend on this – the culture, context, and the type of services provided by your PMO today. All terms that are associated with great Portfolio PMO leaders.

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Can I Fire My PMO Director?

Brad Egeland

” But seriously, have you ever been in a situation where you were reporting to a PMO director and you wonder what value this person brings to the table? I’m going to state what I think a good PMO director needs to bring to the dance.

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3 Ingredients for a Successful PMO

Brad Egeland

Though most organizations now have some form of formal project management office (PMO), there is still no guarantee of project success or even PMO success. A good PMO director A PMO that is headed in the right direction has an experienced leader at the helm.

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Cure Your Zombie PMO

Planview

Breaking news update: as I previously reported in the blog, “ Symptoms of the Zombie PMO ,” zombification is still proliferating in businesses throughout the world. In this updated report, I will expound upon the cures discussed by experts in the on-demand webinar, “ Avoiding the Pitfalls of a Zombie PMO.”. It is now more imperative than ever to be able to self-diagnose your PMO. Turn your PMO into an enlightened liaison. PMO Webcast

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Top Ten PMO Themes 2019

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Last week it was the fifth PMO Conference in London. With over 400 PMO practitioners from around the globe and over 20 sessions to choose from, there’s a lot to learn about where PMO is heading right now. Strategy Execution were there catching up with PMO practitioners and discussing the latest challenges PMOs are facing today. Staying with the reporting theme, data analytics will be a game changer for the PMO in the coming years. Agile for the PMO.

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Just What is the Difference Between Project Support and PMO?

Arras People

There are people who are interested in getting into a project management role and believe that PMO or project support is one of the easier ways to do so. People often use the words “project support “and “PMO” interchangeably as if it’s the same thing. Bob on the other hand has a different view of the world from where he sits in the PMO. The PMO work he does is the accumulation of 15 years’ experience as a Project Office guy, PM and now an Enterprise PMO Manager.

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