PMO Workshops


Request a Business Driven PMO Workshop

Contact Mark Price Perry to request a Business Driven PMO workshop for your PMO event or for your organization.


Attend a PMO Workshop

The following workshops are scheduled. Due to the highly interactive nature of the workshops, attendance is limited to 36 particpants. 

Building the Hybrid PMO Workshop

The 2018 Building the PMO Workshop Series - 2 days

  • Business Driven PMO Setup and Management (Mark Price Perry)
  • Portfolio Execution (Andy Jordan)
  • Harmonizing Project Management and Agile (Jesse Fewell)
  • Dates and Cities
  • April 4, 2019 Washington DC - PMO Strategies Workshop 2019
  • May 11, 2019 Indianapolis - ProjectCon PMO Workshop 2019


Seminar Description

Day 1 AM Session: Business Driven PMO Setup. Instructor: Mark Price Perry

There is no surer way to invite PMO difficulties than to rush into a cookie‐cutter “people, process, tools” strategy and to “sell the PMO”—an approach still advocated by many today. This workshop first engages participants in a highly interactive session that reveals and corrects common misguided PMO strategies, while highlighting select opportunities to make your approach more agile. Perry will also present a bouquet of real‐life PMO success stories based upon his third book in the Business Driven PMO series, Business Driven PMO Success Stories (2013).

Day 1 PM Session: Portfolio Execution. Instructor: Andy Jordan

Organizations only succeed when they have effective strategy execution, and PMOs can, and should, play a vital role in achieving that. End-to-end portfolio management, combined with a business agility focus enable levels of performance that no one ever thought possible. Andy Jordan uses his signature high energy and engaging style to bring participants along the journey to a PMO that is the cornerstone of strategy execution.

Day 2 AM Session: The Agile PMO. Instructor: Jesse Fewell

Now that agile methods are here to stay, executives are looking to PMO leaders for answers to fundamental questions: What is the agile movement all about? When does it fit for a given project, and when does it not? Even more puzzling, if agile methods encourage self-organizing teams, then how does that impact the role of a PMO, or even the role of the project manager itself? In this eye-opening session, we will sift out fact from fiction and walk away with actionable tips for evolving your PMO to support agile methods.

Day 2 PM Session: Open Space. Instructors: Mark Price Perry, Andy Jordan, and Jesse Fewell

Open Space Meetings are an amazingly powerful way to explore issues, discuss ideas, and achieve breakthrough thinking. Open Space Meetings are particularly useful for fully engaging all those who are truly passionate about and committed to a subject. Arguably, there is no greater shared bond that PMO practitioners have than their collective passion and commitment to the value proposition of a well-conceived, established, and run PMO. This workshop session utilizes the Open Space Meeting approach to tackle the top PMO‐related issues, opportunities, and topics of the workshop attendees.

What You Will Learn

  • Be able to explain the top three reasons why PMOs fail, according to PMO research conducted by numerous industry sources.
  • Be able to explain to senior management the concepts of a business-driven PMO.
  • Learn techniques for how to establish with management the business purpose and value of their PMO.
  • Understand how to implement and leverage effective alignment of portfolio management and related disciplines with the PMO.
  • Appreciate the importance of integrated strategic processes, especially portfolio management and strategic resource management.
  • Learn how to prioritize the implementation of portfolio management with consideration to depth and breadth.
  • Develop an understanding of how traditional project management and agile are aligned and ways in which they are in conflict.
  • Gain hands-on experience using tools that will enable participants to assess how their PMO is positioned with respect to supporting a hybrid or agile organization and begin developing a plan to refine the mission of their PMO in order to better support the introduction of agile practices.
  • Gain experience using tools that will enable individuals to assess their own personal adoption.
  • Learn Open Space Meeting techniques and to be able to conduct an effective Open Space Meeting.
  • Learn and share the leading PMO/PPM/agile issues faced by businesses and organizations today.
  • To learn and share the leading techniques for building a successful, hybrid PMO.

Workshop Testimonials

  • "The Business Driven PMO Workshop provides both a clear view into what causes PMO failure and an actionable approach to ensure a business driven success. As a result of this workshop, we will be immediately refining our PMO strategy." - PMI PMO Symposium, Dallas, United States, PMO Manager  
  • "I value Perry’s willingness to contradict leading PMI opinions and other such propaganda eroding the potential real value that a PMO can bring. Great business-driven PMO examples and advice." - PMI PMO Symposium, Dallas, United States, PMO Director  
  • "As a result of this PMO workshop, I am able to address some fundamental concerns current for our PMO. On account of this workshop, I have some new objectives to incorporate into our strategy to improve expectations for success." -  Business Driven PMO Workshop, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, PMO Director  
  • "This workshop was the most relevant PMO training that we have ever received. It seemed to us Perry’s case example exercises of what not to do were taken from our own company. Excellent insights and advice; we look forward to adopting it." -  Business Driven PMO Workshop, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Senior Project Manager  
  • "The event certainly meet my expectations and gave an alternative approach to setting up a PMO" - Business Driven PMO Workshop, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Project Office Team Manager
  • "Exceeded my expectations. Great insights and viewpoints as well as depth of detail." - Business Driven PMO Workshop, London, England, PMO Director
  • "Excellent workshop. Thought provoking, stimulating and very enjoyable." – Business Driven PMO Workshop, Dublin, Ireland, Management Consultant
  • "I highly agree with Perry’s contention that PMOs must be driven by business need and continually refined. The techniques presented for how to do this were excellent." – Business Driven PMO Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, PMO Director
  • "In a few short hours, Perry touched upon all of the key issues that our PMO has been struggling with and provided tips, techniques, and case examples for ensuring the success of our PMO. I would highly recommend this workshop for anyone setting up a new or improving an existing PMO." – Business Driven PMO Workshop, Auckland, New Zealand, PMO Manager
  • "This workshop challenged our thinking about project management and PMO management. The case examples and workshop exercises that Perry led us through were like a mini-MBA." – Business Driven PMO Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, PMO Director
  • "Perry’s Business Driven PMO workshop provides a practical roadmap for ensuring PMO success that any organization can adopt." – Business Driven PMO Workshop, Singapore, Senior Project Manager
  • "This workshop helped us correct the course for our PMO. Very practical and usable advice." – Business Driven PMO Workshop, Lagos, Nigeria, PMO Manager
  • "My entire paradigm of what a PMO is and what it should do has been challenged. Perry has given us much to think about and has excited all of us on the value that a business driven PMO delivers." – Business Driven PMO Workshop, Accra, Ghana, Senior Project Manager
  • "Going into this workshop, we felt that we were a highly mature PMO. After Perry’s presentment of business driven PMO strategy and organizational wide project management maturity, we now realize that we are just getting started. I highly recommend this workshop for all PMO professionals." – Business Driven PMO Workshop, Sao Paulo, Brazil, PMO Manager