The Agile PMO – Practical Value Driven Change Leadership in Projects and Portfolios

The Agile PMO

August 25, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This workshop will empower you to take the next steps toward true business agility.

“The average lifespan of a company listed in the S&P 500 has shrunk by more than 50 years in the last century, from 67 years in the 1920s to 15 years today”… (Yale professor Richard Foster).

Conclusive research findings show that approximately 50 percent of Project Management Offices (PMO) are disbanded in two years. Yet, we repeat the same mistakes in our PMO implementations – wasting money, resources and moreover – wasting time!

We use cookie cutter, traditional PMO control processes to stifle our project management efforts; focusing on time, cost, and scope, rather than leading our projects to deliver value successfully!

In this practical workshop we focus on the value driven PMO as an integrator, enabler, differentiator, and change agent in business, development and the organization in general.

We analyze the essential model for PMO value enablement which answers:

  • What does it mean to be an Agile PMOsee more below;
  • How to ensure effective streamlined deliveryhint: abolish waste;
  • How to effectively select and prioritize opportunities;
  • How to manage resource allocation from a top down approach in an effective manner – hint: target critical resources

We discuss key topics, learn in teams and pairs, explore a case study, and work through a challenging hands-on simulation.

Key take away – a PMO must deliver value constantly. Value isn’t template, tools and processes rather it is the ability to finish the right projects faster

The term being an Agile PMO refers to two concepts:

  1. A PMO that is inherently agile, adaptive and value driven – committed to creating value in all its activities.
  2. A PMO that interfaces between Agile product delivery and the traditional Waterfall organization.

In the workshop we research both concepts, paving the way for a PMO that is lean both in itself and as a transformation entity.

Who Should Attend?

  • Project managers, Program Managers, Portfolio Managers, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Agilists, PMO teams, managers and leaders wishing to increase their effectiveness, embarking on the value driven journey as well as learning how to become more Agile.
  • Project management community stakeholders interested in learning how a PMO contributes value to an organization and how to integrate between Linear and Agile project management approaches.
  • Senior managers who want to know why Agile teams are experiencing difficulties with the traditional environment and how to solve these difficulties.

Questions Answered

  • What is an Agile PMO?

A centralized portfolio management entity that enables faster delivery of products. It has various roles and responsibilities based on the organization structure, the Agile maturity and the specific industry.

  • How to ensure effective streamlined delivery?

Abolish waste in project and process.

  • How to effectively select and prioritize opportunities?

Use a staggered Kanban based selection and prioritization approach, and use local decision heuristics such as WSJB - (Weighted Shortest Job First)

  • How to manage resource allocation from a top down approach in an effective manner?

Local and global optimization, Kanban the waterfall and use CCPM -  target critical resources.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. To learn how to avoid common pitfalls of PMO implementations;
  2. To explain key points of increasing value delivery through a lean agile value driven PMO;
  3. To detail the Agile PMO selection and prioritization process;
  4. To describe a hybrid resource allocation approach;
  5. To present the Agile PMO leadership requirements;
  6. To identify key next steps to transfer the learning to the work environment.


All  reviews can be found here – under the reviews tab:

Detailing some below:


I was initially introduced to Michael by attending PMIs professional development day session on Agile PMO. Michael was well spoken and did a great job helping me get introduced to Safe 4.0. Several months later, Michael was the instructor at a Safe 4.0 certification class I attended. It was at this time, I realized the value that Michael could have by being introduced to UnitedHealthOne. Our executive leadership was discussing the idea of leveraging The Lean Startup and Agile as the methodology to re-invent ourselves. Michael was a perfect fit because he knew how to address people's needs at all levels of the organization. We were discussing a dramatic organizational and cultural transformation while recognizing we needed his expertise to help coach us in this way of thinking. Michael has been able to work directly with us and even transition his knowledge over to a Lean Startup coach that was identified. Everyone has enjoyed the examples and videos that he has also done a great job of incorporating.

Ben Miller, PMP

Director of Application Services at UnitedHealthcare

April 17, 2017, Ben worked with Michael


Michael has presented four valuable agile training sessions viz., ‘Agile PMO’, ‘Agile Product Owner’, ‘Agile and Scrum 101’, and ‘Open Session Agile’ at our Project Management Institute Central Indiana Chapter 13th annual professional development day event on Oct 23rd 2015. As usual, Michael sessions were full in attendance and several members of our Chapter have requested to repeat his training classes. We got a good feedback from our attendees on his sessions and I personally felt that Michael has added values to our Chapter membership through PDD.

Michael was our speaker at our May 2015 Chapter monthly dinner program and delivered an excellent speech on ‘The Agile PMO – Practical value driven Change Leadership in Projects and Portfolios’. The session was well received by the members and in fact members have approached me after the meeting and suggested to engage Michael with more agile topics!

Michael has also conducted a one-day ‘Agile PMO’ workshop in August 2015. The class was full. We got a very good feedback from attendees and we intend to repeat this class in 2016!

Michael knows what he is coaching. He is a fantastic coach and very easy to get along with. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to Agile concepts and knows how to get agile concepts across. He would be a valuable agile coach and speaker to any Chapter or Corporates that plans to promote agile values across their communities.

It is my absolute pleasure to work with Michael and be part of adding value to business promoting agile concepts among Indiana Project Management community.

I wish Michael a very best in all his endeavors!


QA Manager at Crowe Horwath, President & CEO at Project Management Institute Central Indiana Chapter

December 23, 2015, Reprakash Ram PMP


It has been my pleasure to work with Michael Nir. Since I first met him back in our Congress, Michael is a speaker of exceptional knowledge and top-class delivery. I am writing this recommendation since our last event, "The Agile PMO" received the highest feedback possible from the participants. I look forward to working together with him for many years to come in different projects.

P.A.G., Regional Director, Stamford Global (Verified


10 out of 10. One of the best speakers, trainers I have worked with since I started my business 12 years ago. Michael is a very passionate and knowledgeable trainer whom I surely will keep working with many years to come.

M.N., CEO, The HR Congress, Stamford Global


Hi Michael, I attended the PPM event in Zeist that you spoke at a few days ago and I just wanted to let you know that I thought your keynote was great! You provided some interesting food for thought, especially in the area of utilizing Kanban for different PPM/PMO challenges, and I would definitely like a copy of your presentation. I look forward to reading your book and am even considering purchasing a few more! Thank you! Best of luck to you! 

T.V., Sr PPM/PMO Advisor & Coach, Odysseus Group


Michael is a very talented speaker and teacher. His enthusiasm gives the audience energy, and he ensures the content stick through practical and fun exercises. He is very intelligent and knowledgeable in many different subjects within project management, which ensures great discussions. He provides a very nice learning experience

K.S., Entrepreneur and management consultant, Arkatay


About the Presenter

michael nir

Michael Nir, BSc, MSc, PMP, ACP, SAFe Program Consultant, Transformation Inspiration Expert, Lean Agile Coach; empowers organizations to deliver results.

With over sixteen years of experience Michael has been leading change at global organizations in diverse industries: Intel Corp, Philips Healthcare, United Healthcare, Volvo, JPMorgan Chase, Citi and others. Committed to breakthrough results as well as the journey, Michael balances a passion for creativity and innovation alongside tested proven approaches for solution delivery. Michael inspires people and teams to change, cognitively and emotionally, building on enthusiasm from climbing the hill AND reaching the top.

In his toolbox are: agile product development and Scrum, project management know how, Lean Startup and Lean Agile expertise, change leadership and team building experience, and pragmatically integrating theory into practice.

Combining a BSc in Civil and MSc in Industrial Engineering from the prestigious Technion Institute of Technology, Michael aggregates technical acumen with study and practice of Gestalt therapy and Instrumental Enrichment, a philosophy of mediated learning. His clients represent a multitude of industries: Hi-tech, Banking, IT, Software, Health, Petrochemical and Infrastructure.

Sharing his knowledge and experience, Michael authored 10 bestsellers on Influencing, Lean Agile, Teams, and Leadership. The books engage readers in learning and motivate personal transformation.



  • $425 Non-members
  • $325 Chapter Members
  • $175 Chapter Student Members
  • $25 Earlybird Discount for registrations by 8/18/2017
  • $50 Late Fee for registrations after 8/23/2017
  • Registration closes 8/25/2017

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Portland World Trade Center
121 SW Salmon
Portland, OR, 97204

Parking available at attendee's expense; continental breakfast and lunch provided.  


The course will apply to the PMP, PMI-ACP, RMP and SP. It will be 8 PDUs and the PMI Triangle breakdown will be:
  • Business/Strategy = 8 PDUs 
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Event Date 08-25-2017 8:30 am
Event End Date 08-25-2017 5:00 pm
Registration Start Date 07-12-2017
Cut off date 08-25-2017 11:55 pm
Individual Price $425.00
Late Fee $50.00(From 08-23-2017)
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121 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
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