The Project Management Institute (PMI) is holding their annual PMO Symposium 2018 at the Marriott Marquis Washington (901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001) on 11-14 November. This year’s PMO Symposium 2018 theme is ‘Mastering Value Delivery,’ focusing on two key areas of ‘The Resilient PMO’ and ‘Harnessing Disruptive Forces to Evolve Best Practices to Next Practices.’
PMO Symposium 2018 is in its 7th year and over 600 Portfolio Managers, Executives, PMO leaders, Directors and Business leaders are expected to attend from a vast range of industries including IT, Government, Healthcare and Financial Services.
The format of the PMO Symposium 2018 is Keynote Speakers, Educational Tracks where PDU’s can be achieved, Knowledge Hub and Networking.
Dick Costolo was CEO of Twitter from 2010-15 raising annual revenue to $1.5 billion. Dick will give his insights in a keynote ‘From Twitter to New Economy’ When Twitter began its creators didn’t set out to start a new economy, yet with advent of social media, the way we do business has changed forever. 80% of consumers are more likely to purchase from a business they follow, therefore there is a real case for open communication between a brand and consumer. Open access to information about the brand builds loyalty but also consumer influence. Dick will offer his insights on the implications of an open access economy on innovation process and the future of work.
Luke Williams is professor of Innovation at New York Stern school of business and author of “Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in your Business” Luke will deliver a keynote “Disruptive Technologies How to prepare for what’s coming Next.” Luke will give his insights on disruptive technologies.
There are over 80 advanced level educational tracks, which have been divided into the key areas of the Symposium ‘The Resilient PMO’ and ‘Harnessing Disruptive Forces to Evolve Best Practices to Next Practices.’ We’ve taken a look at a few of them.
The Resilient PMO
Mastering Project Management Methodology – An Adapting Enterprise Asset
Timothy MacFadyen, PMP and Dana Corporation PMO Manager. Timothy has been leading development standards at PMI and establishing PMOs in a variety of industries for the last 14 years. Both Dana and Tim will present their insights on how to capture organization needs whilst gaining process standardization using a project management methodology based upon standards published by PMI. Keeping documentation to a minimum, embedding controls, cyber security scans, and purchasing processes are just some of the issues that Dana and Tim will address, to help project managers get things done efficiently.
How PMO’s Drive Value in Effective and Strategy –Aligned Project Portfolio Management
Morton Sorensen PMP is Vice president PMO at Peraton and has been in global IT for over twenty years. Morton will share his insights on how PMOs can drive game-changing organizational value by managing strategic project portfolio management intake and governance. Morton will review effective alignment methods and offer examples of process tools for critical levers in order to achieve process improvement initiatives. Morton will also explain why portfolio management is the pinnacle of strategic PMO influence and value.
The Entrepreneurial PMO
Rolondo Talbott PMP is Director of Project Management at Pomona College. Rolondo will give his insights on how PMO leaders should understand that they are in the service industry where their successes are measured by the value, which they bring to their customers. PMO Leaders should assume entrepreneurial mannerisms and do what needs to be done in order to communicate and deliver the value of the PMO. Rolondo will explain the benefits and value of a successful entrepreneurial PMO.
Design Your Next-Generation PMO Using Capability Thinking
Paul Cuypers PMP is a Project Manager at EVRY Norway. Paul will offer his insights on capability thinking which is an alternative approach to process and systems thinking. A capability is the ability of an organization and their assets to achieve a result or outcome. Project capability is the ability to effectively and efficiently run the right projects given the threats and opportunities of an organization. Project capability can be divided into strategic, tactical, and operational project capability. Paul will demonstrate how to design and implement a resilient PMO capable of tackling future challenges using the Capability Breakdown Structures technique. He will also incorporate missing or weak PMO capabilities with common causes of project failure.
Harnessing Disruptive Forces to Evolve Best Practices to Next Practices
The PMO Leader’s Toolkit: Delivering High Value at Low Cost
Jenny Burg PMP is a Navy Veteran spending more than 20 years managing large scale projects in technology, commercial and government healthcare industries. Currently Jenny is Amtrak’s Director of Portfolio Management. Jenny will offer her insights on how to use technologies, which are commonplace in most companies to develop a set of tools, which can be used to propel any PMO to a higher level. Jenny will focus on providing these tools to three specific groups in a company: project managers, portfolio and PMO managers and executives. Jenny will share her insights on how to establish the “minimum necessary” threshold of artefacts and data points. Jenny will explain how to gain insight into project management data analytics.
The Project Management Office in the Age of Cloud
Jan Musil is Chief Product Owner of SAP America Inc. Jan will provide her insights on how by embracing change you can evolve your PMO to adopt new practices commonly used in the age of the cloud. Jan will provide examples of ways to evolve your PMO practices and enable your team. Jan will discuss ways to leverage social media and the power of community to get your message out and enable users.
The Agile Enterprise: Scaling Agile Practices to the Enterprise
Cindy Shelton, PMI-ACP, PMP is an elected official for Stafford County Board of Supervisors, Stafford County. Cindy was part of the pilot group for the PMI ACP and co-author of PMBOK. Cindy will offer her insights on how a enterprise of organisational project and program management and portfolio management can identify emerging best practices and react to market pressure in order to realise value. Cindy will demonstrate how to apply Agile practices in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and benefit realisation. Cindy will also discuss how to apply Agile practices in non-IT environments to achieve early value.
Knowledge Hub and Networking
The knowledge Hub is where industry leaders and executives will meet to discuss best PMO practices on a pre-determined arranged topic. Networking here is invaluable, as these are global industry leaders as well as peers and contacts can last indefinitely.
PMO Symposium 2018 Registration Details
- Individual Rate $2,695
- Government Rate $2,295
- Group Rate discounts apply for five or more delegates
We reviewed two hotels close to the PMO Symposium venue, The Henley Park Hotel and The Morrison-Clark Historic Inn.
The Henley Hotel is a three star historically restored Tudor-style building with antique furnishings, located 0.1 miles from the Marriott Marquis. The building is small, beautifully decorated, impeccably clean and comfortable. The staffs are friendly and the restaurant and tavern are outstanding. The neighborhood is safe and quiet and many restaurants are within walking distance. A three-night stay costs $668.18.
The Morrison-Clark Historic Inn is a 19th century Victorian building with beautiful décor, located 0.1 miles from the Marriott Marquis. This quaint Inn offers excellent WiFi, individually decorated bedrooms with comfortable beds and the staffs are extremely courteous. The Inn is clean and described frequently as a ‘hidden gem.’ A three-night stay costs $720.00.
PMO Symposium 2018 is aimed at Industry leaders and PMO executives. The three-day program is packed with advanced workshops which are in depth and interactive. The networking is invaluable, where leaders from around the world can discuss emerging practices and insights from industry experts. The aim of the Symposium is to enhance a PMO by building a ‘Resilient PMO.’