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What happens when PMO’s and KM people get together?

We all love an acronym.  So it’s always nice when you get to areas of work who love to use them together and have a chat.

I attended a joint APM SIG yesterday between the Knowledge SIG and The Project/Programme/Portfolio Management Office SIG.

Using a technique based on the World Café approach and hosted by Lindsay Scott form the PMO SIG.  Lindsay tweets at https://twitter.com/projectmgmt

We had four topics to discuss as groups.  Covering


  • 21st Century Joy – Old-fashioned Knowledge Management – how can we move it from the 1990s to the 21st Century?
  • Knowledge Opportunity Knocks- PMOs and Knowledge Management – what are the biggest opportunities?
  • K to the M to the PMO – Knowledge Management in the PMO – what it is and what it isn’t
  • Lessons Recorded – Lessons learnt – the BIG knowledge management myth

There was a great buzz and lots of conversation.

These are just some of the highlights that came out of the discussions

21st Century Joy

  • Little differences makes a big difference when knowledge sharing
  • How to find quality in the volume
  • KM needs to follow the organisations evolution

Knowledge Opportunity Knocks

  • New skills in content curation and knowledge marketing
  • Better to live of peoples experiences rather than peoples paper
  • Quantifying the benefits of knowledge sharing

K to the M to the PMO

  • PMO is the network, try and avoid the silos
  • A PMO’s role is to facilitate between departments
  • Disseminator of process lessons

Lessons Recorded

  • The power of positive stories (including what went wrong)
  • True learning takes time
  • Keep technology simple to help
  1. June 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Michael,

    Isn’t PMO more or less Knowledge Management? There’s no real need to combine them, PMO is already all about KM.

    • mik0ton
      June 10, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Hi PM Hut

      I suppose PMO and KM combining is the ideal for me. If KM becomes integrated with PMO it just becomes part of the norm.

      Continuous learning and sharing happens before, during and after projects and programmes and there is continuous flow of knowledge, insights and experience through the organisation.

      What was being pointed out during these café sessions is that they only try to capture what they have done at the end and when that is done, it goes into a store and is never looked out or referenced or spoken about again.

      Which everyone agreed this is not the best way to put what was learned positively or negatively back into practice.

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