This year's main theme:

PMO as a Change Agent


Relive it again: Beth Ouellette

Now it’s time to remind Beth Ouellette and her speech “3P Mentoring Organization”.

Do you remember this pleasant American woman full of positive energy? That was Beth, who wanted to convince the audience that whether you have a Portfolio, Program or Project Management Office, the right staff makes or breaks the success of the organization. Regarding this principle, she presented a new meaning of the abbreviation of PMO: the Project Mentoring Office.

Mrs. Ouellette talking about problems of today’s PMOs recalled standard Senior Management mantras that we all probably know. “Do more with less.”, “Better, Faster, Cheaper.” - it rings the bell, doesn’t it? We focus to much on processes and not enough on people. As a solution she suggested a “new” approach of Pareto principle: “20% efforts yield 80% of the results” and she gave advices how to implement the principle in your PMO taking into consideration both the PMO-track and the personal track.

She emphasized also how important is to build the team of right people on the right position. The underlying assumptions of PMO are proper processes, standards, metrics, reports – but behind all of them lie people. Creating a Portfolio/Program/Project Mentoring Organization helps to understand this approach.

A strong PMO needs a clear Vision, Mission, Strategy, and Objectives, where Mission should reflect your AS IS state, and the Vision will project your TO BE state. And we should keep in mind that it’s not only about the PMO TO BE state, but also our personal TO BE state. You should ask yourself what is your personal plan if you want to start to consider the plan for PMO.

Next, Beth mentioned important soft skills that are necessary to success – emotional maturity and strong interpersonal skills. The good leader should have a political savvy, be a marketer, gain business knowledge, understand cultural differences, build credibility and executive connections, and have incredible communication skills. While 90% of problems is a bad communication, you should try to listen and to understand beyond words.

To sum up, Beth prepared guidelines for mentors. She asked us what is our SIGN (Success-Instinct-Growth-Need), she recommended to build TRUST (Time-Respect-Unconditional positive regard-Sensitivity-Touch) and reminded that we should create our personal action plan. She finished her speech with typical American message: Never give up! And this is what we wish all of you and especially Beth, who provided us this inspirational presentation. Thank you!



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