The Adaptive PMO: Enablers of Effective Project Management Today


5 November 2017

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Houston, Texas, USA

Session Description

As the business world becomes more complex and uncertain, the demands placed on PMO leaders to successfully adapt and manage change are greater than ever. While the skills of observation, analysis, and measurement remain core, many practitioners face significant gaps in relational skills that cause friction when navigating organizational dynamics as well as driving project execution efforts. In this session, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the mindset needed to be adaptive and the skills required to be an enabler of effective project management. Attendees will explore insights that effective PMO leaders use to turn action into organizational results.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify critical skills required to lead and manage in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment
  • Understand the importance of applying an adaptive mindset in the context of running a PMO
  • Assess and overcome the relational skills gaps that exist within project leaders, their teams, and their organizations


Tim Wasserman

Tim Wasserman

Chief Learning Officer

Strategy Execution

Tim Wasserman, chief learning officer for TwentyEighty Strategy Execution, is responsible for leading the strategy and content of all strategy execution learning solutions. He is an expert in the successful implementation of large-scale organizational behavior change, with over 25 years of experience developing and implementing enterprise-wide initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Wasserman has led design and implementation teams to improve execution capabilities for organizations including Cisco, Google, Medtronic, Nordstrom, Prudential, and Boeing. He has delivered workshops globally on the topics of organizational change and transformation, and global team effectiveness.
Ed Barrows

Ed Barrows

Managing Director

Duke Corporate Education

Ed Barrows is a managing director at Duke Corporate Education where he is responsible for designing and delivering programs for a portfolio of global clients. He has over 20 years of hands-on experience helping organizations of all sizes and industries craft and execute business strategy. Before joining Duke CE, he worked in a variety of professional services positions with Deloitte, General Electric, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Palladium Group, where he was vice president and leader of the executive education organization.

Education PDUs

Attending this session will award the following PDUs:

Technical Leadership Strategic Total
CAPM 0 1 0.25 1.25
PfMP 0.25 1 0.25 1.50
PgMP 0.25 1 0.25 1.50
PMI-ACP 0 1 0.25 1.25
PMI-PBA 0 1 0.25 1.25
PMI-RMP 0 1 0.25 1.25
PMI-SP 0 1 0.25 1.25
PMP 0 1 0.25 1.25
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