What is the APM Portfolio Management Conference all about?
PMOs come in all shapes and sizes. The P3O standard refers to three main types:
Project Management Office,
Program Management Office,
Portfolio Management Office.
PMOs that operate at the Portfolio level are typically focused on selecting and prioritizing projects programs. The projects and programs are aligned with the strategic objectives of the organization, and care is taken to ensure the organization has both the capacity to deliver the portfolio and the capacity to handle the resultant change. Some Portfolio Management Offices report directly into the executive team and manage portfolios that span the organization. Others are at the functional level and manage portfolios within specific functions such as technology. Traditional project focused PMOs usually focus on helping projects deliver rapidly to a defined business case. But portfolio level PMOs are focused on making sure investment is distributed across a balanced and strategically aligned portfolio against a backdrop of market and organizational change. Other areas of focus include matching resource supply with resource demand, benefits realization and maintaining good governance of the portfolio’s projects and programs.
The Association for Project Management (APM) is the Chartered body for the Project profession. They have a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) who meet regularly, publish research and organize events. This will be the Portfolio Management SIG’s sixth annual conference. If you want to know more about what APM do, take a look at the video below.
This year the APM Portfolio Management SIG are tackling the challenges of an increasing demand for faster cycle times from concept to value-delivery, agile delivery techniques and the rise of product management. These real-world changes are a significant shift from the perception of a traditional portfolio management approach and they will be asking some challenging questions around what this means for portfolio management and how to accommodate these new approaches whilst still providing the governance and control that large organizations require.
What’s on the agenda?
At the time of writing, the agenda had not been published. However, the organizers have promised a mix of presentations, workshops, break out sessions and networking as well as a chance to debate the future of Portfolio Management with some of the best in the game!
The day will include five case-study presentations from a mixture private and public-sector bodies - each exploring a different aspect of portfolio management in today’s digital age.
The conference will also see the launch of APM’s new Guide to Portfolio Management, including sneak-peaks at the content.
Who should attend?
The event usually has an attendance of about 110 people from a variety of sectors. The event is a great opportunity for senior change professionals, change leaders and for people overseeing large portfolios. If you lead or work in a Portfolio management Office, then this event will be right up your street! Practitioners usually attend from several different sectors providing a great opportunity for peer learning around ‘good practice’, business agility and the future of the profession.