PMO Conference 2021 will be held on November 2–3. Celebrating its sixth year, PMO Conference 2021 is moving to a new venue, The Mermaid. This venue increases its capacity from 400 to 600 delegates, as well as having stunning views across the Thames, London. November 2 will be Project Learn, a training day where classroom training will be blended with workshops. November 3 will be the traditional PMO conference with Keynote Speakers, Tracks, Networking and an Exhibition. This conference is aimed at PMO practitioners from Managers to PMO Directors, and Heads of PMOs across a variety of industries. All of the content is 100% PMO.
PMO Conference 2021 Venue
The Mermaid, Puddle Dock and Curriers Alley
London EC4V 3DB
Project Learn – November 2
Project Learn will be aimed at any level, from PMO Managers to PMO Analysts or even a team of PMO people. Each topic will have an experienced PMO trainer explaining the theory and offering insights on applications in the real world, covering each area from a PMO perspective. To conclude each topic, practical exercises will be offered to help work through the learning process and gain experience.
There will be four main areas:
- Resource Management and the PMO. This session will explore not only the theory and best practices of managing availability and time management but also the capability and skillset required for the role. The key role that the PMO provides as well as insights on how the PMO function and service is created and how it is rolled out, will also be discussed.
- Benefits Management and the PMO. This session will explore the benefits management process and focus on the activities required to get benefits management started in an organization. Insights will be given on the common areas that prevent benefits management from being a success looking at the behavioral side of people who can make it happen.
- Dashboards and Reporting. This session will offer the best approaches to creating dashboards that deliver information and insight. A look at the advances in data analytics and visualizations that can make dashboards and reporting interesting.
- Portfolio Management. This session will offer best practices and theories of portfolio Insights will be discussed on the techniques, processes, and tools required for the role of the PMO in supporting portfolio management practices.
Each topic will have an experienced PMO trainer explaining the theory and offering insights in applications in the real world, covering each area from a PMO perspective. In conclusion for each topic, practical exercises will be offered to help work through the learning process and gain experience.
PMO Conference – November 3
Three of the central PMO team from the Covid-19 Vaccination Deployment Programme will discuss their ‘Central PMO Story’. They will tell their inspirational story on how the PMO managed to come together to support the delivery of the first vaccination in December 2020 and the millions of vaccinations since. They will offer their insights on the priorities, challenges, and triumphs. They will discuss the technical response of the PMO and how they supported the people and cultural side of this high-profile deployment.
Ross Garland is a Project Governance and Project Assurance Expert. He has delivered white papers on project, program, and portfolio governance for the Cabinet Office. Ross will offer his insights on ‘Why Governance is Important to the PMO’. Effective governance is a key factor for project and program success, but what does it look like? Ross will display what it looks like and explain why it is important to a PMO. Ross will discuss the theory of governance and the difficulties some practitioners have transitioning from theory to practice. Ross will offer tips and insights on how to use the governance principle to build a governance framework for a project, program, or portfolio.
Kirsty Bennett is Vice President of Transformation at Virgin Atlantic and Suzy Wardle is Head of ePMO at Virgin Atlantic.
Both Kirsty and Suzy will deliver a track ‘The Art of the Possible’. Virgin was heavily impacted by Covid-19, during the first UK lockdown they had to reduce their workforce by 50% as every 9 out of 10 flights were grounded. Kirsty and Suzy will explain how an effective PMO made the difference when Virgin Atlantic’s business strategy changed from growth to survival and back to growth. Kirsty and Suzy will offer insights on the lessons learned and improvements made, how they captured and modeled demand and how they determined value using value frameworks. Kirsty and Suzy will also offer their insights on how they capture and track benefits. Finally, they will discuss Virgin Atlantic’s plans for the next three years.
Lain Burgos- Lovece is a professional coach and independent PMO consultant who has worked in a multitude of sectors ranging from oil and gas, banking, retail, and education. Lain will host an interactive workshop-style track ‘Escape from Admin-Compliance Island’. With many PMO’s the focus on Admin and compliance with methodology takes up a significant amount of time. This can lead to an organization viewing the PMO just as an overhead. Iain will offer his insights on how to start putting Admin/Compliance in its place so that real work can get done. Iain will explore three key areas:
- How stakeholders see PMO’s
- The pros and cons of methodology
- What superpowers are needed to be recognized as valued by an organization?
Elizabeth Harrin, FAPM, is the author of 5 Project Management books. Elizabeth has an award-winning blog, A Girl’s Guide to Project Management. Elizabeth is also a trainer, mentoring project managers and their teams to get more achieved with less stress. Elizabeth will present a track ‘The PMO’s Guide to Stakeholder Engagification: How to Get People to Take Action on Projects’. Elizabeth will offer her insights on the differences between management and engagement within a project environment. Using gamification, (a process that utilizes game mechanics to get people involved), Elizabeth will offer practical tips for encouraging engagement and participation. Elizabeth will discuss 5 key principles on the use of engagement and gamification that can be used in a Project Office to help support stakeholders’ engagement with project work:
- Track your steps
- Take small actions
- Create feedback loops
- Keep it simple
- Make it special
Dr. Penny Pullan is the best-selling author of ‘Making Workshops Work: Creative Collaboration for our time’. Dr. Penny works with leaders and teams helping them with the challenges of a virtual hybrid world. Dr. Penny will present ‘Making Workshops Work (even when they are stressful)’ Dr. Penny will offer her insights on the effects of stress on workshop leaders within a PMO. Often these are stressful situations, with different groups having their agendas, sharing bad news, and working with demanding senior leaders virtually or in person. Dr. Penny will offer her insights on how to counteract stress so that workshops are collaborative and creative.
Roy Millard, FAPM and chairman of the APM Audit & Governance Committee. Roy is a governance risk assurance trainer in projects, programs, and portfolios. Roy will present an interactive session ‘Professionalising Project Assurance – The Role of the PMO.’ Roy will offer his insights into why there is a need to have more than an ad hoc approach to assurance when there is a greater intolerance of project delays and failures and greater expectations for benefits to be delivered with value for money. Assurance is becoming an essential part of project delivery and as such should be professionalized. With audience participation, Roy will answer ‘How do we professionalize project assurance?’
Carol Hindley, Head of Digital PMO, Parliamentary Digital Service, Catherine Hallett, Director of In-House Services & Estates, Portfolio Management. Office and Gavin Woods, Head of EPMO, Houses of Parliament.
Carol, Catherine, and Gavin will present ‘Improving Parliament’s PMO Capability’. Carol, Catherine, and Gavin will offer their insights on how they adopted the House of PMO- PMO competency Framework in 2016 and over the next five years transformed it, building healthy high performing teams. Carol, Catherine, and Gavin will share their experiences, the highs, and lows and the things that made a difference to how their PMOs perform.
Ian Leslie is the author of several books on human behavior. Based upon his book ‘Conflicted’, Ian will deliver a keynote on ‘The Power of Productive Disagreements’. Conflict is inevitable within PMO’s due to the nature of the work; problem-solving, agendas, and internal politics to name but a few. In his thought-provoking keynote address, Ian will offer a different perspective on disagreements in the workplace – and how we can all benefit from productive conflict.
Exhibition Hall and Networking
All exhibitors have been carefully selected by the PMO conference for relevant products. All vendors will be available to display and demonstrate their products throughout the PMO Conference 2021.
Networking will be available during Project Learn and the PMO Conference, where peers and friends can meet up, problem solve and discuss best practices.
|2-day pass||PMO Conference||PMO Learn|
|Individual||£800 + VAT||£425 + VAT||£400 + VAT|
|Group (2 or more)||£750 + VAT||£400 + VAT||£400 + VAT|
We reviewed two top hotels close to The Mermaid, Club Quarters Hotel, and the Crowne Plaza.
Club Quarters Hotel
St Paul’s, 24 Ludgate Hill
London EC4M 7DR
Club Quarters is a four-star hotel situated 0.2miles from The Mermaid. The staffs are very friendly offering a speedy check-in/out service. The rooms are large with comfortable beds and are equipped with a microwave and fridge. Guests are also provided with unlimited complimentary chilled bottled water. Free high-speed internet is provided throughout the hotel. A two-night stay costs £338. The surrounding area offers shopping and local restaurants.
Crowne Plaza Kings Cross
1 Kings Cross Road
London WC1X 9HX
The Crowne Plaza Kings Cross is approximately four miles from The Mermaid. This hotel was completely refurbished about three years ago. The staffs are friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable of the area. The hotel is very clean with large rooms and comfortable beds. A two-night stay costs £495.
PMO Learn has four key areas that are practical for the development of any PMO practitioner. The PMO Conference 2021 has something for everyone who works within a PMO. All the tracks are provided by industry experts and are designed to thought provoke and inspire delegates.
In its sixth year, this event has grown and continues to grow in popularity. The vendors are all carefully vetted for their PMO content. Networking is back, enjoy the company of friends and use this invaluable process to discuss new emerging trends and best practices with like-minded peers.