The Organic PMO

The Organic PMO


Hisham Faour

Vice President
The Carlyle Group

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Date

The Organic PMO. Standing a Project Management Office (PMO) can be arduous, time consuming, expensive, and a difficult process to undergo. Lack of support and buy-in at the top and low levels of an organization contribute to the failure and lack of adoption of a PMO. Our discussion will center on how to successfully stand up a PMO from the bottom-up that will be embraced by an organization. We will focus on how to jumpstart an organizational grass roots movement to help evangelize and rally project managers to discuss and define pain points and ultimately work together to implement and improve PM processes, tools, and frameworks in a collaborative manner. An “Organic PMO” does not start off as a PMO that is mandated by senior management, rather it is built slowly and incrementally instituting small successes along the way to demonstrate business value. The PMs and other involved stakeholders serve as champions of the PMO and over time what started off as a grass roots movement evolves into an “Activist PMO” embraced by all.

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Event Location

Sheraton Tysons
8661 Leesburg Pike
Tysons, VA, 22182

Agenda and Cost:


Member: $10 

Non-member: $15


PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Strategic and Business Management

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.


Managing diverse teams: effects of culture, generation, gender, etc., on management / communication needs

Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

Industry / Sector


Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities


Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

About the Speakers

Hisham Faour

The Carlyle Group
Vice President

Hisham Faour has over 17 years of progressive management and leadership experience in the private sector with specialized experience in Agile program and project management and business process improvement. He is a Vice President in the Global Technology and Solutions Team for The Carlyle Group, one of the top PE firms in the world. He currently serves as the head of the Portfolio/Program Management Office (PMO) for the Office of the CIO. Hisham holds a B.S. in Business Administration Finance and Computer Information System from American University and an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

About the PM Industry Insights

PM Industry Insights is PMIWDC's workshop series that addresses the practical aspects of Project Management.

These sessions are to provide you with insights on what is going on in the local industry so you can learn from it. This discussion-based session will include presentations on tools, industry panels, interviews with industry experts, workshops, etc. The target presenters will be individuals from PMO’s, university professors, consultants, etc. 

Both PM Industry Insights and the monthly dinner meeting are worth 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) each to certified PMPs. Continued certification as a PMP requires the accumulation of these valuable credits and we are pleased to offer this opportunity to obtain both the important training and the educational credit associated with it.

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