In her engaging presentation, Amireh described her PMO journey ‘from a below zero state, where everything is frozen and nobody wants to change‘ to ‘changing the culture and moving to warmer temperatures‘.
Amireh gave practical ‘hands-on’ tips to the audience based on her experience with one of her clients from the construction industry.
Some of her tips included:
- Know you own strength and weaknesses: Perform a SWOT Analyses on yourself. Identify ‘what you can do well’ and ‘what are your weak spots’. For example, if you are great in communication use this as your strength in the beginning of your engagement. Like: Setting up meetings with your new stakeholders to communicate and collaborate.
If your weakness for example is public speaking, don’t start your engagement with providing training, where you have to speak to an audience.
2. Perform a maturity Assessment on where the current PMO is: Amireh is using her own ‘PMO Blueprint’ on identifying the maturity of a PMO. The Blueprint investigates for example: “Pain points of the organisation”, “Expected Benefits”, “Services, Processes and Methodologies” just to name a few. You can download the Blueprint from her website here.
3. Find out the Business pain points and address those asap. In her example, she found out that the client struggled with visibility on their project finances. She helped resolving this issue first, in order to get a quick win and to gain trust.
4. Treat your PMO as a Business: Define your core values and act accordingly (like honesty, openness, transparency). Also, define goals and objectives on where you would like to go with your PMO and put a Roadmap in place. Review your PMO Roadmap on a regular basis.
You can find Amireh’s full blog post about her presentation here. The slides of the event can be downloaded below.