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Tuesday, August 8 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Solving the PMO Paradox (Jesse Fewell, Kim Brainard)

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Abstract:
For many organizations, the Project/Program Management Office (PMO) is a very large rock on the road to agility. On one hand, the PMO in many organizations is the primary advocate of a centralized uniform process-oriented mindset approach to work. On the other hand, the same group often wields both an interest in agile methods and the organizational influence to push it forward. Meanwhile, many agile advocates speak of humanized work and then ironically delight in the failure and frustration of PMO co-workers.
What do we do? Can our advocacy for people over process also reach the people who advocate for process? How do we move from good guys / bad guys to holistic transformation?
In this exploratory workshop, we will address these questions head-on through collaborative dialog. Come with your experiences, and suggestions for involving, transforming, or circumventing the PMO to become more Agile, and we will all leave with insights and actions we can really use.

Learning Outcomes:
  • What are the assumptions that agilists and PMO staff make of each other
  • What are successful approaches for addressing the PMO in an agile environment?
  • What are steps one can take to move forward


Speakers
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Jesse Fewell

Agile Coach & Trainer, JesseFewell.com
Jesse Fewell is a writer, coach, and trainer in the world of management and innovation. From Minneapolis to Malaysia, he's helped startups and conglomerates alike catapult to breakthrough results. His adventures are written down in "Can You Hear Me Now", his handbook for remote teams. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he helped bring agile methods to PMPs around the world by co-creating the PMI-ACP agile certification, and co-authoring... Read More →


Tuesday August 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
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