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Setting up a Program Management Office from below Zero

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In many organisations, only when the need for project management becomes critical they pay attention to improving their project management skills. This lack of foresight frequently creates environment in which the project management systems and infrastructure are not in place to support the needs of the practicing project management community.

In below zero degree, everything is frozen, it’s hard to change and move. In that kind of situation, normally people prefer to stay where they are and do what they do. In this presentation we would like to share our experience of setting up a Program management office for a business with below zero project management maturity.

We will discuss about:

1. Program Management Office vs Portfolio Management Office vs Project Management Office

2. Theoretical vs real methods in setting up a Program management office

3. Finding the first step and challenges

4. Managing expectations and play the win-win game

5. Our team win cards and emotional intelligence leadership strength

6. Our journey and progress


Amireh ( is a certified Business, Project Management Professional and IT with over 17 year experience in different industries. She is qualified in PMBOK, PRINCE2, P3O and has undertaken numerous training over the years. She is an expert in PMO solutions and services especially implementing enterprise project, program and portfolio management systems and system governance.

Since 2000, Amireh has been working in various PMO and advisory roles across many industries. She has worked as a subject matter of expert with PMI. She has conducted several basic and advance project management courses as a certified instructor.

Her experience includes: PMO Management, PMO Lead, PMO analysis, Enterprise System implementation, Project Management, PMO Processes improvement, Training and facilitating Project management systems workshops.

Now, Amireh is managing director of PMO Solutions Company establishes customised solutions that aid organisations, professionals, projects to create and optimise PMO services.

In her spare time, Amireh enjoys mentoring and coaching others.