For my final Friday Insights post of the month, I wanted to take the opportunity to signpost the community towards some resources that I find useful alongside the Major Projects Knowledge Hub in my day to day work as a PMO practitioner.
Agile Business Consortium
The Agile Business Consortium is a global leader in promoting business agility. A not-for-profit organisation, it pioneered Agile and continues to inspire new developments and thinking.
An agile business can respond quickly and effectively to internal and external opportunities and threats, vital in a world of increasing uncertainty and unpredictability. Business agility is also about integration, and an organisation that embraces the agile philosophy and values puts people at the forefront. This fits well with my own ethos of the P in PMO being about people, and portfolio management being about the wider business picture.
International Institute of Business Analysis
The IIBA is the non-profit professional association dedicated to the field of business analysis and its global network acts as the voice of the business analysis community with a body of knowledge which is not aligned to one methodology.
A PMO often involves facilitating better collaboration between the project management function and business stakeholders; business analysis involves understanding how organisations function to accomplish their objectives, and defining the capabilities an organisation needs to provide products and services to stakeholders. My own point of view is that by incorporating business analysis techniques into its skillset, a PMO can play a more active, challenging role in ensuring that the organisation only invests in those projects and programmes that will best address its strategic priorities.
Project Data Analytics
The Project Data Analytics community started relatively recently, towards the end of 2017, and has a bold vision – to collect, map and analyse the data acquired in the course of project delivery and use the insights from this data to deliver future projects more efficiently. It appeals to me because of my pre-PMO background in data analysis, and I’ve often thought that we do not use our PMO Analyst resource to best effect to address the reasons behind the prevailing statistics around project failure.
The community aims to work together, share good practice and upskill project delivery professionals to make this vision a reality. Members have benefited from insights shared by Crossrail and NASA at previous events, and there are a host of data analytics learning resources available on the website to inspire further exploration into data science and engineering.
PMO Break Out Area
This fledgling Facebook community has grown to 80+ members in just over two months, and was created to provide PMO practitioners at any level with a place to ask questions, seek advice and share tips and tricks based on their experiences.
As someone who has benefited hugely from being part of the PMO Flashmob community in the U.K. over the past 5 years, I wanted to set up a place online where practitioners based anywhere can come to ask questions, find mentors, share knowledge and feel supported.
We aim to have some inspiring PMO-related conversations, share our challenges and triumphs. Members of the Major Projects Knowledge Hub group on Facebook are auto-approved to join the PMO Break Out Area, and a warm welcome awaits. The more members we have, the better the conversations will be…
Originally posted as Friday Insight in the Major Projects Knowledge Hub