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Unleashing the Power of Project Management - the 10th Annual OVOC Symposium

Debra Sunohara

This week I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Project Management Symposium held by the Ottawa Valley Chapter of PMI on October 12-14, 2010 at the Hampton Inn Conference Centre. The OVOC is one of Canada`s largest PMI chapters and has once again upheld its tradition of providing local project managers with an opportunity to learn and share new technologies, methodologies, best practices and network. There is always an interesting mix of private and public sector project managers at the symposium, and it was not always a clear and easy choice which session to attend.

Retrospective

Some symposium highlights: my “lessons-learned” to share with you:

  • Blackberry has made us all ADHD...so sharpen your elevator pitch...” 
       - Sean Wise,Conference Keynote Speaker and Industry Advisor to Dragons`Den
  • PRINCE2® ...how it can be implemented as a PM methodology, the change management and great level of effort required to implement it enterprise wide, its alignment with the new TBS Policy on the Management of Projects, the benefits of PRINCE2 and how it is a natural next step for raising the level of organization project management maturity.
      - Alan Boyce and Peter Milsom, Somos Consulting
  • ConsiderLEED certified projects, accredited project managers, architects and engineers. Sustainability and Real Property management - The success story of the Richmond Olympic Oval
      - Ralf Neilsen and Daniel Gosselin, MHPM Project Leaders
  • Agile retrospectives every 2 weeks...over lessons learned at the end of a project...need to provide organizational, cultural & technological infrastructure to facilitate cross-team learning
      - Kellie Aindow on Importance of Lessons Learned and How We Can Improve Them by Using Agile Methodology

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PMO needs to not just be overhead...it needs to add value

  • Evolutionary, flexible and focused PMOs deliver value...organizations that have PMOs with suitable governance experience half of the cost and schedule overruns that organizations that don`t do. Successful PMO creation requires a definite leader and executive support...and the communication of the business value of the PMO mandate to all levels of the organization.”
     - Linda Horton
  • Write RFP`s in plain English so you don`t need to be a procurement specialist to respond to it.”
      - Practical procurement advice from one of the symposium attendees

Treasury Board Policy

Investment Planning - Assets and Acquired Services

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Policy on the Management of Projects

  • The implementation of Treasury Board`s two new policies will “support risk-based decision making” (to be phased into all departments and agencies by April 1, 2012).
     - Greg Kenney
  • High performing Public Sector organizations have a `Strategic Project Office` support framework...” 
    - Catherine Hoople on the Policy on the Management of Projects: Framework to Success

And my vote for the most engaging speaker award goes to....

  • “We actively do risk management...what about problem management? "
    - Brian Munroe on Turning an Ostrich into a Canary: Understanding and Overcoming Factors That Make Individuals and Organizations Reluctant to Declare Trouble - an excellent and engaging presentation that every manager should consider...

Resolutions and next steps...

  • Stop avoiding problems...seek out problems and deal with them...put strategies in place to do so...clearly define roles and responsibilities and obtain team commitment.
  • Read the 2 new Treasury Board policies.
  • Look at some of the other project management methodologies that are out there and see how they can complement PMBOK and PRINCE2.    

If you were able to take in the symposium or today's Workshop, Project Management Standards and Methodologies : How do PMBOK, PRINCE2, Agile, and Scrum relate?, what were your lessons learned?

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Posted by Debra Sunohara
Posted on October 14, 2010
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