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PMI SAC – IT PMO Townhall

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TitlePMI SAC – IT PMO Townhall
TopicA Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
WhenOctober 29th, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

On October 29, 2019 at noon, PMI SAC continues its lunch hour event, “IT PMO Townhall”. The meeting will encourage structured, open discussion on topics relating to IT PMOs. The meeting is open to anyone and is intended to encourage idea exchange and professional networking.

Meeting Goal:
To support professional networking and knowledge sharing

As WestJet continues to grow onto the world stage with the Dreamliner 787 planes; a business class of service offering, an acquisition, and nothing but opportunity in front of us, we are faced with the next level of growth as a company, therefore our processes must mature as well. Transforming the way, we access, process and manage data is also enabling our corporate growth and will provide analytics capabilities that drive requests to react to market opportunities faster than we have before.

Our projects are more complex, there are multiple inter-dependencies and the stakes are higher between success and failure. As business analysts and project managers, we must respond to those conditions so that we continue enabling change within the organization. We must be certain in what we want to do as an organization, and thus spend time on the things that matter and will make a difference to our guest, our people and our bottom line. We need to be clear early on in projects as to the outcomes we expect and what are we changing.

As business analysts, we are known for our focus on requirements. In this new world, we ask ourselves, is this the best way to start? Are we focusing our efforts on eliciting the right requirements, or are we spending unnecessary time waiting, churning, and reworking? Perhaps we should be spending more time up-front in the project lifecycle, ensuring clear communication of the scope of the change. With better up-front work to model the scope of the change, we can achieve better understanding and alignment that what we are doing is the right thing. As project managers, management of scope is a critical part of the role, but how is the scope we manage tied to outcomes? How do we ensure we set up the project to deliver the right value?

WestJet sees this as an opportunity to increase focus on visual scope modelling performed by business analysts and determine if we can help to improve the quality of information that drives requirements so that the projects are set up for success, and we spend our effort on doing the right things.

Join us at this townhall to learn more about the techniques and practices behind this endeavor.

Who Should Attend:

Project Managers, IT/IS leaders, Developers, Business Analysts, Project Team Members, Consultants, Professionals who have worked with or are impacted by a PMO


Free. Note no lunch is provided, feel free to bring your own bagged lunch.

Event is limited to 50 people, reserve your spot at:

PMP’s can Claim 1 PDU for attending this event, please ensure you enter your PMI number when registering!

Speaker NameLauren Johnston, PMO Portfolio Manager; Traci Harrison, BA Practice Lead ; Mandy Hackert, PM Practice Lead; Matthew Hillhouse, Founder, Taleo Project Services

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