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PMO Competency Framework: A Conversation with Lindsay Scott of House of PMO

PMO Competency Framework - with Lindsay Scott

Lindsay Scott, the founder of the House of PMO and PMO Flashmob, has just published a PMO Competency Framework. This a BIG DEAL. It’s the first competency framework for PMO team members, from the leader down.

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Lindsay Scott

Lindsay Scott is the founder of PMO Flashmob and the PMO Conference. This has recently come under the umbrella of the new professional body for PMO practitioners called the House of PMO, which Lindsay also founded.

Lindsay has been in the world of PPM for over two decades – first as a Project Office Manager before starting the project management recruitment business Arras People. See the article Lindsay wrote for us on How to Start in Project Management Contracting.

Lindsay is also into writing – she’s the careers columnist for PMI’s PM Network magazine and was the editor for the Gower published book – People in Project Management. She’s also co-author of the recently published PMO Competency Framework.

She’s also the co-founder of PMO Learning – the training organization focused on PMO courses.

So, Lindsay is steeped in PMOs. And that’s why I wanted to speak with her about her new PMO Competency Framework and also the House of PMO.

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Our Conversation about House of PMO and the PMO Competency Framework

  • 01:44 – The PMO Competency Framework is the first of its kind
  • 03:25 – What a Competency Framework is
  • 03:54 – What is a PMO?
  • 04:23 – Definition: What a PMO is for
  • 04:43 – PMO Roles
  • 06:17 – Why is PMO an important topic for Project Managers?
  • 08:35 – A good PMO…
  • 09:47 – PMO Flashmob and why it was important to bring PMO Managers together
  • 15:13 – Tell us about the House of PMO
  • 15:54 – PMO Certification courses
  • 17:16 – House of PMO membership
  • 17:51 – What is the PMO Competency Framework, and what are its main elements?
  • 22:08 – Why do a self-assessment?
  • 23:09 – Competency Frameworks and promotion
  • 23:47 – Competency Frameworks and certification training
  • 24:47 – PMOs and Financial Management
  • 25:40 – Program of Certification Training
  • 27:26 – Are people choosing PMO work as a career?
  • 28:14 – PMOs are modular
  • 28:54 – The conversation about what the PMO should be offering
  • 29:31 – How PMOs can get tripped up
  • 30:57 – A PMO Career
  • 33:28 – An Interesting Project Management career – and the myth of 10,000 hours
  • 34:43 – Why Mike thinks the PMO track is very appealing as a career choice
  • 35:48 – Program benefits and corporate strategy… and the PMO
  • 36:42 – Board/C-suite level PMO directors
  • 37:17 – PMO can mean lots of different things
  • 38:24 – Global perspectives on PMO
  • 39:41 – Have you any last wisdom, tips, or advice?
  • 41:21 – PMO vs Project Manager lifestyle
  • 41:56 – How can people connect with what you do?
  • 43:16 – Close

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About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

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