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PMO & Project Leadership Podcast




At Pledge Consulting we are passionate about not only serving our clients, but also developing our people and contributing to knowledge through sharing experiences. Earlier this year we started a monthly Webinar series and in August we hosted the hugely successful PMO Leadership Symposium, where we showcased how members of the local Australian PMO and Project Management community have dealt with the challenges thrown up by the pandemic.

By extension of some of those things, we thought ‘why not start a Podcast?’ The obvious place to start being a series that looks back on the PMO Leadership Symposium. We had some fantastic speakers and thought leaders, sharing their experiences of how to survive and thrive through challenging times. We hope even more people can enjoy these learnings through the Podcast experience. 


Episode 1 hears from City of Sydney Council PMO Manager, Sarah Foxe as she walks us through the changes she made to project governance to help her organisation become more agile during this challenging year.



In Episode 2, Neil Creasey, Lean Portfolio Management Specialist, talks about how Covid has changed the way many organisations are doing business and how the need to be more agile and to pivot quickly has become fundamental to project success. Neil’s presentation is called ‘Covid Driven Change – A Retrospective’. Neil’s presentation was quite interactive so if you have a spare 40 ish minutes you may want to watch the video on our YouTube Channel. You can find it here.



Episode 3 hears from Will Thompson, Agile Transformation Lead at Victoria University. Being based in the Melbourne area, Vic Uni endured an extended lock down during 2020, lasting for 8 months all up. Will talks about some of the strategies he put in place to make sure that the Agile Transformation journey continued during this time of unprecedented stress, and not only continued but continued successfully.   



In Episode 4 we are again going back to the PMO Leadership Symposium to revisit the Panel Discussion. We were lucky enough to have Project Management veterans, Amany Nuiseibeh, Nicola Wilson & Dr Louis Taborda talk about their experiences of shifting from a face to face management experience to having to manage their teams in a new way.

As well as talking though some of the challenges, we also heard that there are many benefits to remote working and we even toyed with the thought that there will be no path back to were we were pre-covid in terms of working practices.



This week, in Episode 5, the penultimate episode of the series, we hear from renowned portfolio management thought leader Stuart Easton.

Stuart is the CEO of Transparent Choice and joined us at the PMO Leadership Symposium to deliver a masterclass on portfolio/project prioritisation. 

The session talked about some of the fundamentals of effective prioritisation, as well as some of the key business and cultural factors for prioritisation success. We had some great audience questions in the session too. 

The session was captured on video so if you would like to watch a version with the visuals, you can find it here

Stuart talks in the presentation about some of the fantastic resources you can find on the Transparent Choice website which you can find here.


In the 6th & final episode of this series, the Founder and Managing Director of Pledge Consulting, and the host of the PMO Leadership Symposium, Louise Gardner, gives us her closing reflections on the event and touches on her big 3 take outs on how PMOs and Project delivery teams are working post Covid.

Louise call’s out:

  • Resilience
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration

 As being three of the positive traits that were evident during the Symposium speakers presentations.


While this episode concludes the series, watch out for future series and one off episodes dealing with specific PMO and Project Management related subjects.

Thanks for listening!

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