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Posted on 12th April 2017

Marisa Silva

About Speaker:
The Lucky PM & Project Management Author

Marisa Silva, the Lucky PM, is an experienced PMO & PPM Consultant, Trainer, Author, and Speaker. She has a track record of establishing, embedding and maturing best-fit practices and building capabilities in complex organisations undergoing transformational business change. A passionate advocate of the value of PMOs as business partners and enablers of strategic change delivery, Marisa has developed her career from management consulting, with work experience gained internationally, across different industries.

Marisa holds a BSc in Management, a specialisation in Competitive Intelligence, a PgDip in Foresight, Strategy and Innovation, and is currently an MSc candidate in Strategic Management of Projects at University College London (UCL). Marisa’s main research interests focus on the topic of PMOs, future-oriented project management, sustainable project management, and organisational agility.

She is certified as a PMP®, PRINCE2®, MSP®, MoP®, P3O®, APMP® (IPMA-D), PMD® Pro Level 2, as well as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP®) for MS Project, Microsoft PPM, and Project Server. In addition, Marisa is an active member of the project management community, being a blogger at, a member of PMI®, APM®, subject matter expert representative in the Portuguese technical commission liaising with ISO/TC 258, founding member of the IIBA® Portugal Chapter, and having served as a volunteer with the PMI® Portugal Chapter.

Currently, she is a Committee Member of the APM PMO Specific Interest Group. A believer in the power of project management skills for social good, Marisa is also a mentor at Project Managers Against Poverty and PMO Manager and Programs Director at Project Managers Without Borders (PMWB).

Marisa is the author of ‘Bedtime Stories for Project Managers‘ and is the founder and managing director of in2PMO, a specialist PMO and business transformation consultancy firm dedicated to help organisations in their transformation journey by navigating change and building capabilities to deliver impactful and sustainable business value from their PMOs, projects and programs.

The Workshop:
Maturing your PMO Through its Teenage Years

The teenage years can be a tough time, whether you are parenting a child or trying to mature a PMO. In both cases, we find insecure and anxious creatures navigating their way through life, trying to make sense of the world and to assert their independence.

Teenage years can be a challenging test for PMOs, with statistics showing that most PMOs are terminated in the first 2-3 years of their implementation. After a period of empowering enthusiasm (if you are lucky) or resistance and defiance (you poor thing!), it is during the early years that PMOs are most challenged about their value and embark on a quest to prove their raison d’être. The most difficult climb of the maturity journey starts here.

In fact, maturity is a journey and PMOs should not try to run before they know how to crawl. However, while there are some well-known organisational project management maturity models, such as CMMi® or P3M3®, there is no model specific to assist PMOs in progressing their maturity. It is true that the success of the PMO is translated in the success of the projects and programmes it supports but…is it just it? What about all the functions specific to PMOs, such as the facilitation of project learning or the quality assurance of projects? Not to say that it is not uncommon to find scenarios where the maturity of the PMO is not aligned with the maturity of the organisation or the department it serves! A Maturity Assessment Model purposely designed and aimed at PMOs is needed.

With a thought-provoking approach, this workshop will introduce you to the brand new Wellingtone’s PMO Maturity Assessment Model, demystify conventional assumptions relating to PMO maturity, and provide you with tips and hints for transitioning your PMO from the moody level 2 to the uncharted land of level 3 and 4, where mature PMOs live. Come join this session and learn how to set up your teen PMO for adult success. Without the boring side of growing up, I promise!

Marisa can be contacted at