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Back to the What – Peter Taylor

No pressure then eh Doc?

We all know (and I guess mostly love) the ‘Back to the Future’ film series, and so it was with some interest I agreed to speak at the very first (and, it turned out, not the last) ‘Future PMO’ event in London on 12th September 2017 hosted by Wellingtone.  That said, with the whole, time machine thing going on maybe I attended the 9th Future PMO event didn’t realise it…

But imagine a world, I mean, imagine a project management event, a PMO event, that had the DeLorean time machine and a 9 foot all-singing, all moving without any wires, water spurting, project management joke delivering robot called Titan, along with the opportunity to take a selfie with Kryten of Red Dwarf fame (aka Robert Llewellyn) and you are in a very different event world indeed.

But you know it really worked. Some great sessions, I kicked things off with ‘How to get fired at the C-Level’ and some really good speakers followed with a mixture of presentations and workshops.

And so hats off (or maybe space helmets off) to the great team at Wellingtone for all of their hard -work in putting this together, including a very last minute need to change location!

The quote to the side – ‘…As long as you hit that wire with the connecting hook at precisely 88 mph the instant the lightning strikes the tower…’ Well, that sounds like a statement of scope to me with a very clear end goal defined, so maybe a bit of project going on My McFly? And why not seek out some support and guidance from a future PMO whilst you are at it.

For the record, I love project events that are different. I have now presented at over 300 events around the world and I can tell you there are many that are just the same old, same old. The people are always great but the style of the conference is often just the same – and yet even project managers, and PMO leaders, love to have some fun and share experiences at the same time so here’s to Future PMO 2018 (or 2028 or 2038 or …).

I had a great time.

Doc Brown does have some really great advice for everyone by the way … think about this one carefully.

View Peter Taylor’s presentation – How to Get Fired at the C-Level below via SlideShare.

“This is a very interesting conference specifically tailored towards PMOs, it provides you with a chance to interact with PMO professionals from so many industries – if you are in a PMO – do not miss it!” Jaguar Landrover

“The last two continue to have been the best conferences I have attended and that its a great opportunity to learn, get tips, get inspired and network.” The University of Edinburgh

“Good conference without people trying to sell you stuff all day or get your contact details to sell you services after!” AON

“Great networking opportunities and interesting speakers, worth attending” Gate One

“FuturePMO is insightful, thought-provoking, fun and well worth attending!” KBR

“FuturePMO was an enjoyable day and great for sharing experiences.” Severn Trent Water

“You must attend the FuturePMO at LEAST once in your life!” Waltham Forest Council

“FuturePMO is a great conference and I look forward to returning each year. It is great for anybody working in a project environment but if you work for or within a PMO then it is a must-attend event.” JD Sports

“A great interactive conference, relevant to anyone working within a PMO or looking to set one up.” Victrex

“For a truly inspiring, involving and invigorating PMO experience, attend FuturePMO 2018!” University of Cambridge

“The 2017 event was exceptional – enjoyable and thought-provoking. Well worth the time investment.” Kings College London

“It’s a fun and informative event run by experts who are serious about PMOs.” South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

“It was really good to have an event purely focused on PMO. The structure of the day worked well and the length of sessions were good.” Yorkshire Water

“Overall there was a very good balance of plenary presentations, workshops, networking, and a well engaged set of attendees.” BOC

“FuturePMO is the best conference I’ve been to, you should definitely book yourself a ticket!” Compass Group