We’re back for a third year and so are a lot of the companies that have been with us from the beginning. These are the organisations that just ‘get’ PMO and love talking to PMO practitioners about their challenges. They’ve always got some knowledge to impart – sometimes a nice little gift to take home – but more importantly, they understand PMO because they’re working with customers everyday who are also in PMO.

So this year we welcome back our three Gold sponsors – and thank them for their support of the PMO Conference. They’re the good guys 🙂

RPC UK

RPC UKThese guys seriously know their stuff and they’re always a pleasure to talk to – they just want to talk to you about how you monitor and control your projects and whether you’re getting the best out of that. They’re the leading experts in Oracle Primavera – so if you want to know anything about this product, these are the guys you should be speaking to.

They’re also sharing some great insights in their Gold sponsor session:

Drinking from the Source of Truth – how the Modern PMO Needs to Accept and Adopt Technology to Achieve its Goals

Dave Hurren & Kingsley Thomas

In this case study, Kingsley and Dave will explain how RPCuk and Faithful + Gould deployed technology to facilitate the delivery of integrated services, which included Project Controls, Portfolio Management and Costs Integration. This solution has been designed and a POC delivered for a leading UK academic institution.

Through the intelligent amalgam of Project Controls best practice and supporting technology, we maintain proper governance of our data whilst increasing the access and exposure to information critical to the success of our project.

This presentation, demonstrated by RPCuk, will highlight one particular component, the integration of cost data and how we brought together information from multiple systems to manage budgets, expenditure, resources and schedule and delivered visibility of the true cost of the project, from funding and budget through to expenditure, and highlighted the cost of change and impacts on forecasts.

Catch them at 15.50 in Creative I.

Agile Business Consortium

Agile Business ConsortiumAgile Business Consortium (ABC) are the people to know if Agile is something your organisation is interested in. First it was Agile around projects, then programmes, then PMO and now Portfolio. They have plenty to share with you on their stand and they’re always able to point you in the right direction if you’re looking for something specific or just need someone to bounce off.

They’re also running a session at the conference:

Agile Portfolio Management

Ed Holt Barbara RobertsEd Holt & Barbara Roberts

In many organisations, infrequent consideration of business strategy and annual budgeting cycles results in static portfolios often created 6-18 months ahead of the initiation of the Programmes and Projects they contain. In this session, Ed and Barbara explore how to create and run portfolios of projects, programmes and business as usual initiatives in an agile way.

For Portfolio PMOs the Agile Portfolio Management approach covers key areas including agile portfolio budgeting; prioritisation and blending; governance and fulfilment.

Some of the themes explored will be:

  • The Agile Organisation and how it can help CEOs and other senior executives reach their goals, do more for less and be competitive and responsive in an a constantly changing world.
  • What is Agile Portfolio Management, how it contributes to the agile business, how it differs from traditional portfolio management.
  • Key tips on how the PMO can contribute to make Agile Portfolio Management work in your organisations

Make sure you drop by the stand beforehand, find out about membership or pick up some of the literature.

Corporate Project Solutions

PS+It’s always good to see David Dunning and the CPS team – and they’re back again, our Gold sponsor for the third year – which goes to show how popular the PS+ product is amongst the PMO community. “PS+ from CPS is the award winning preconfigured, best practise solution for Project Online and Project Server.  Combined with the power of Microsoft Project Online PS+ builds a ready-to-use, user-friendly, fully functional end-to-end PPM solution.”

It’s not just about project management with CPS – after last year’s successful session on portfolio management at the PMO Conference, David is back with a new session:

What Use is My PMO for Innovation Management?

Our portfolios typically contain strategic and business delivery portfolio items, which are initiated through top down imperatives or BAU work.

However, how do we deal with ideas from the bottom up? How do we set idea challenges and nurture ideation? How do we capture and develop the good idea? Does that need to be part of the portfolio management and what part does the ‘PMO’ play in creating the environment for, and perhaps managing that process?

Make sure the catch the session if innovation is crucial for your business – and catch up with David before or after the session.