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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Agile Methods

The Agile PMO: Right Work, Right Time, Right People

One of the core functions of a PMO is to help an organization standardize efficient processes to select and execute strategic projects. Unfortunately, many PMOs are finding themselves struggling to justify their own existence. In a recent survey, more than half of the respondents reported that the value of their PMOs is in question. By using a one-size-fits-all approach to best practices, we may set our PMOs up for failure, holding them accountable for predicting the future. There is no magic crystal ball! Heather Fleming and Justin Riservato demonstrate how an agile PMO can help your organization ensure you are tackling the right work at the right time and with the right people. Participate in retrospectives on multiple process iterations, from Request for Work to Swagathons to something called The Social Experiment. Join Heather and Justin to learn why trust is the key to scaling agile.

Heather Fleming, Gilt Groupe

Senior director of the PMO at Gilt, Heather Fleming (@hfleming) leads the execution of strategic initiatives through implementing cutting-edge project management methodologies. Heather’s focus on simply getting things done has resulted in better collaboration, stronger teams, and greater organizational efficiency. She uses her expertise with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to help both individuals and teams become more aware of how their similarities and differences contribute to their professional growth and team dynamics.

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Justin Riservato, Gilt Groupe

Director of program management at Gilt Justin Riservato (@sharksnmermaids) has been an integral part of Gilt’s growth since 2009. Justin has worked with just about every team and department at Gilt, developing a direct, “tell the truth” approach and philosophy to project communication that has improved both collaboration and trust across teams.

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