- There were a lot of first time attendees this year. In one session I attended, when that question was asked, over 80% of the people in the room said it was their first time attending a PMO Symposium, as well as their PMO was either just starting or was less than 1 year old. I would say there was 60-80 people in the room for this session. What that tells me, is that more companies are seeing the value and making the investment in creating and staffing a PMO.
- There was a new concept made available to attendees to this years event. The Knowledge Hubs, which were a small group round table discussion group, were held multiple times throughout the event. I took the opportunity to attend some of these and found them to be very engaging. The concept was that an event speaker would lead this small group in a discussion on a specific topic, and the full group would engage and discuss their experiences around that topic. It was interesting to engage and share with others in the more intimate setting. I hope they continue this format at future events.
- As I am finding it to be normal for this event, the variety of opportunities to take educational sessions on a variety of topics, beyond the core theme, were available and valuable. From personal development sessions such as “Emotional Intelligence” and “Managing High Performing Teams” to more specific sessions such as “How to Build a Global PMO of the Future” and Benefits Management in an Agile World”, you could find sessions that would meet your needs.
Tell me your thoughts in the comments and let’s open a dialog. I would be excited to hear other opinions on this topic.
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