This years PMI PMO Symposium will be held at the Marriott Marquis Houston, Texas, on the 5th-8th November 2017. PMO Symposium traditionally attracts PMO leaders and executives. This years PMO Symposium will focus on two key areas; Agile Transformation and The Evolving PMO. Join over 500 PMO leaders for advanced workshops, which will offer executive level sessions that will be interactive. There will also be Keynote Speakers and executive level networking.
Agile Transformation Workshops
Dr. Edivandro Conforto is a global research award winner for his research on organizational agility, program management and systems engineering. He has published over 30 articles in leading journals and is an academic and consultant. Dr. Edivandro will run a workshop ‘Making Sense of Agile and Hybrid Practices to Your PMO and Organization’, answering the following questions:
- How many agile methodologies do you think are out there?
- There are hybrid practices where users combine different methods and practices.
- As PMO leaders, are you knowledgeable about the fundamentals of various agile and hybrid approaches to make the right choices?
- Is adopting “Agile” the solution for your PMO?
David McMunn is an executive Director, experienced in leading large-scale, business transformation programs in both external and internal consultant roles. David will provide a workshop on ‘Sustaining the Promise of Enterprise Agility’. Agile transformations often stop short. It is important to build bridges with the business and mature agile teams, but successful transformation requires focus on budgets, governance, procurement and HR for the whole organization to change. See how leadership and management are change agents, which are required to change traditional ways of thinking and embedded legacy cultures.
Meredith Rousseau is head of strategic portfolio for TD Bank. She is responsible for managing and delivering the project investment portfolio for the U.S. bank. With over 20 years experience in program management, process improvement, and technology in a multitude of industries ranging from financial services, retail, oil and gas, manufacturing, insurance and government sectors. Meredith will run a break out session ‘ How to be a PMO in the Agile Age’. More organizations are moving toward Agile as a delivery approach, but how does the “legacy” PMO function stay relevant and continue to add value during an organization’s transformation from traditional project delivery to Agile?
Meredith will review the PMO’s role in an Agile project delivery environment, especially when more traditional project delivery methods, such as waterfall, will continue to exist. See the practical ways that the PMO can not only support the Agile transformation, but also lead the journey.
Laurel Sim is partner and vice-president of portfolio management at Taleo, a boutique project services firm. Her strategic and logical approach has helped grow Taleo with recognition as one of the top 50 fastest growing companies in Canada. Laurel will run a break out on ‘Governance and Agile – How to Ensure Effective Governance in Agile-Enabled Organizations’. Sharing her own experiences at Taleo and with an emphasis on lean, agile, and hybrid organizations, Laurel will highlight new approaches to governance in today’s PPM environments and highlight ready-to-use best practices.
Evolving PMO Workshops
Anna-Marie Consor is Assistant Vice President of the IT Project Management Office at Navy Federal. With over 15 years experience in IT Project Management Anna-Marie is currently a member of the PMI OPM Advisory Group. Anne-Marie will run a breakout ‘Establishing a Strong PMO Foundation’. Laying the foundation for a PMO takes thought leadership, experience, and understanding of your business. Discover actionable insights on how to establish a strong PMO foundation that can withstand the test of today’s disruptive and complex business environment. Learn practical tips and techniques for building, sustaining, and advancing your PMO.
Alex Nascimento is a PMO Process Improvement Manager of a multinational biopharmaceutical company. Alex has over 20 years of experience in project and program management, PMO implementation, and advisory services. Alex will hold a breakout session ‘Evolving the PMO — How to Catapult Your PMO to the Next Level.’ If you’re wondering what will take your PMO to the next level, identify themes and trends for ways to evolve your PMO. Learn to understand ways to develop, communicate and sustain PMO value proposition.
Rehan Baaqri is Senior Enterprise Portfolio Manager of PepsiCo. Rehan has over 14 years experience in managing strategic planning, execution, and implementation of critical portfolios. Rehan will run a breakout ‘The Hybrid PMO — Managing a Hybrid Project Portfolio’ Organizations used to manage business initiatives using waterfall systems development life cycle (SDLC) frameworks to plan and execute projects/programs. However with a growing demand for various frameworks existing and new PMO’s need to build a hybrid capability to address this demand. Learn how to develop the Tools that enable PMO development. Understand and be able to identify the needs for a hybrid PMO to deliver various types of initiatives.
Mike Watson is the Manager Corporate Administrative Solutions PMO for FedEx Services. Mike has 20 years experience leading global, enterprise projects in operations and back office at FedEx. Mike will lead a break out session on ‘Developing the Tools That Enable PMO Development.’ Project leaders have lots of experience selecting and implementing software applications to meet business objectives. Mike will explore how using the skills of the PMO and satisfying their needs and objectives can improve project and portfolio Performance, creating transparency and cooperation with lasting value for the PMO, its customers, and the enterprise. Learn how to identify objectives for governance, data gathering, and reporting that will help ensure success and enable growth. Learn how to gain information to help ensure that the PMO and its investment in software contribute lasting value to the organization.
Tony Scott, CEO of TonyScottGroup, LLC. Tony is an innovative leader spending the last 40 years developing leading edge approaches to enterprise cyber security. He has shaped groundbreaking information technology for Microsoft, General Motors VMware and The Walt Disney Company. As cyber security and cloud computing pioneer, Tony’s success has led him to being inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO Magazine. Tony will deliver the opening keynote ‘Leading Change and Driving Innovation’ offering his own insights into Change and his experience at driving innovation.
Dr. Rita McGrath is a global thought leader who focuses on leading innovation and growth. Dr.Rita works with Boards, CEOs to think strategically. She is also the best-selling author of ‘The End of Competitive Advantage’ Dr. Rita will deliver her keynote ‘Transient Advantage’ offering her insights into structured innovative growth strategies.
Anthony Gayter is Vice President of Global Transformation Services With DXC Technology. Anthony has responsibility for strategy, development and management of the portfolio of services. Anthony will deliver a keynote Real World Organizational Transformation offering his insights and experience.
Adrian Gostick is a global workplace expert and thought leader and specializes in corporate culture, leadership and engagement. He is the author of best sellers ‘All In’ and ‘The Carrot Principle.’ As a leadership expert his consulting clients include Bank of America, Rolls Royce and California Pizza K. Adrian will deliver the closing keynote ‘All In: How the Best Leaders Develop a Culture of Belief & Drive Big Results’ giving his insights into culture and leadership.
The Knowledge and Networking Pavilion
This area will be used for industry leaders to meet and discuss PMO best practices. The Knowledge hub will arrange group discussions on a particular subject matter for participants. Meet fellow leaders, network and make valuable connections from a variety of industries including governments and businesses around the world.
- A full conference pass costs $2,695
- Government Rate $2,295
- Group rate (5 or more in the group) $2,095
Where To Stay
We have reviewed two top hotels in close proximity to Marriott Marquis.
Four Seasons Hotel
1300 Lamar St,
Houston, TX, 77010
The Four Seasons Hotel is situated 0.3miles from the Marriott Marquis. This 5 star hotel is luxurious. At the Four Seasons there is a very high level of service, welcoming and attentive staff. The property is beautifully furnished and the view of the city of Houston is awesome. The beds are very comfortable and the hotel is spotlessly clean. A three-night stay costs $1325.00.
Hilton Americas Hotel
1600 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010
The Hilton Americas Hotel is situated 0.2miles from the Marriott Marquis. This is a four star hotel with the North-facing rooms overlooking the park. The rooms are clean and very spacious with comfortable beds. The housekeeping staffs are courteous, friendly and thorough. Sometimes if there is an event on in the park the band music can be heard if you have a North-facing room, however the staffs will allocate you another room on request. A three-night stay costs $834.00.
This is an event for Senior Executives and Industry Leaders. There are just over 80 executive-level sessions to choose from which are either hands-on or in-depth
discussions. The Keynote Speakers are thought provoking and topical and you can also relax in the pavilion and network with your fellow peers. There is little doubt that if you attend this event you would leave with actionable insights and valuable new business connections.