An evening of PMO

Lindsay will be hosting a APM PMO SIG local meeting in Leeds on 28th March 2012. Entitled “The invisible PMO – improving project management maturity by stealth” Lindsay will introduce two presentations by John Heathcote (Senior Lecturer in Project Management, Leeds Met University) and Ralf Finchett Juniot (Director of PMO, Planixs) in this first for the Yorkshire region.

Lindsay is the Marketing & Members Officer for the APM’s newest specific interest group, having been in the role for 10 years in its previous incarnation as the PPSOSIG. Lindsay will compere the evening session which starts at 6pm and is held at the Leeds Met University. The local meetings for the APM PMO SIG are aimed at anyone interested in PMO and the session tends to include a mix of presentation, networking and interactive sessions.

The two presentations for the evening:

The invisible PMO

John Heathcote will give a short presentation on his experiences going into organisations and increasing the project management skills where there is resistance to changing the ways project managers work. The improvements had been variously driven by disappointment in project outcomes, and a desire to see best practice enacted.

Anyone working within a PMO will have at some point encountered difficulties in changing the ways project managers work when it is for the greater benefit of the organisation. PMO’s and project managers will benefit from John’s experience in helping change and enhance the way we work as an organisation by means of coaching and mentoring the changes through.

A good tradesman never blames his tools

Ralf Finchett (Director of PMO at Planixs), will give a short presentation on PMO’s using enterprise portfolio software. If a PMO is using a sophisticated software solution or desktop applications like Excel and PowerPoint to manage their information, what should a PMO or project department be considering?

All PMO’s handle data, information and knowledge and so often this knowledge is treated intangibly, and not as an asset of the company. Ralf’s presentation will give a rounded view on why all this project information makes a difference and also why you do not need expensive and sophisticated software to manage project information and reporting.


The meeting is free to APM Members (including coporate members) and £10 for non-members when booked in advance. See the website for more details


About lindsayscott

Lindsay Scott is one of Arras People's founding directors