Since November 2016 I have had the pleasure of speaking at the CAMP IT Conferences that focus on IT PMO, Program and Portfolio Management.  I have spoken at CA World conferences and other conferences, but this is my favorite for many reasons.

Since 1984 these conferences have been designed to provide IT professionals ideas for new technologies and options for making the critical, strategic and even tactical decisions for their organizations. It was founded by Juliana Horwich and originally called the Chicago Association for Microcomputer Professionals (CAMP).  This CAMP began receiving national attention and soon changed its name to the Corporation Association for Microcomputer Professionals. It was in 2001 where the name became abbreviated to CAMP IT which is now a registered trademark and is known nationally and internationally by this name. Dan Horwich and Randy Wimmer (shown below) are heavily involved in the organization of the conferences.  With the help of Debbie Montez and others this conference provides a venue and a focus for actual best practices as it relates to IT PMO, Program and Portfolio Management.


The main reason I prefer CAMP IT Conferences over others is that they are very focused.  CAMP IT also has conferences that focus on other areas such as IT Infrastructure/Operations Management, Enterprise Risk/Security Management, IT Leadership Strategies, DR/BC Resilient Infrastructure, Business Intelligence/Big Data/Analytics, and even Data Breaches Preparing and Responding.

In June of this year, I had the pleasure of speaking again in Chicago, IL for the IT PMO, Program and Portfolio Management Conference.  Spread over two days, the conference covered several topics which is the next reason I prefer these over others.  These topics are tool generic; they are not there to sell tools, but to give others the opportunity to learn real world best practices, and lessons learned from some that have experienced this through failures.

Day 1 this year consisted of:

  • Building an Effective Strategic Roadmap presented by Jennifer Scarlato, PPM Solutions Architect with Rego Consulting
  • Demand Better: The Importance of Frictionless Demand in a Lightspeed Enterprise presented by Jeannine McConnell, Senior Executive Transformation Strategist with ServiceNow, along with Ross Palin, Business Relationship Manager with the Key Argonne National Laboratory
  • Rescuing Your Organization’s Strategy presented by Laura Driven, President and CEO with Peritius Consulting
  • Steps to Make Portfolio Management a Business Process presented by Mark Buchynski, Director of Business Transformation with Centric Consulting and Marisue Fasick, Vice President of Enterprise Project Management with Trustmark Companies
  • Rethinking Risk – Conversations your Delivery Teams are Not Having presented by Greg Gardner, Principal and Owner of PointB
  • The Emerging WMO – Rewiring for Today’s Enterprise presented by Linda Roach, Solutions Marketing Manager with PlanView

Day 2 this year included:

Track A

  • PMO Leadership with Emotional Intelligence to Support PPM Practices presented by Patricia Saint, Senior Global IT Portfolio Manager, PMO Certified Master Coach; Colonel (retired) U. S. Marine Corps Roche Diagnostics, North America
  • Learn from 3 Failed Attempts at Resource Management presented by Jeff Manhardt, Vice President – Program Manager, M&T Bank
  • The Do’s and Dont’s of Capacity Planning presented by Claude Scher, PMO Manager, Charter Manufacturing and Susan Mallett, as IT Portfolio and Process Manager, Charter Manufacturing
  • PMO’s Cannot be Built: They Must be Grown to Fit within the Culture and Environment of the Organization presented by Alyce Reopelle, Project Program Management Sr. Principal Consultant, NTT Data
  • IT Financial Management Strategies presented by Annur Sumar, CTO, Maetech; Microsoft MVP, Former Vice President of IT D&P 

Track B

  • A Delegated PMO: Can a Community of Practice Replace a PMO? Presented by Andrew Smith, Senior Program and Project Manager, Baird
  • IT Project Prioritization Development Model presented by Connie Inman, Director PMO, Buckeye Partners
  • IT PMO reporting presented by Jigar Shah, Program Manager, R1 RCM
  • Resource Management – Centralize, Decentralize or Mix – A Case Study presented by Lisa Snyder, Director, IT Program Management Office, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Nicole Bergen, IT PMO Manager, Walgreens
  • IT Financial Management Strategies presented by Annur Sumar, CTO, Maetech; Microsoft MVP, Former Vice President of IT D&P 

These conferences draw people from all industries and all states as well as participants joining from Canada. In June, there were attendees from 16 different states as well as the Canadian province. In November of this year another IT PMO, Program and Portfolio Management conference will be held in Plano, Texas where I will again have the pleasure and honor of speaking. Much like PM for Today, these conferences are drawn around real-life practices and the presenters are not salesmen but practitioners who have a wealth of experience and knowledge in these areas.  Another reason I prefer these conferences over others is the size.  Averaging between 200-300 attendees these conferences allow for individual networking conversations, extended questions, and allow for the personal touch.

If you have not had the pleasure of attending a CAMP IT conference I would suggest attending at least one of them. Depending on the conference focus, the number of times a conference is held a year will determine the different locations that conferences are held in.  This year for IT PMO, Program and Portfolio Management the conferences were held in Chicago, Illinois in June and will be held in Plano, Texas in November.

If you want to learn more, you can go out to their website and see past events and future. Who knows, we may one day have the pleasure of meeting.


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Alyce Reopelle

Alyce Reopelle

Author, Speaker, Project / Program / PMO Thought Leader

Over 20 years project management experience with a passion for helping organizations grow their PMO, their project managers, and their teams.  My passion has taken me to the pursuit of a Doctor of Education, as I enjoy seeing the proverbial light bulb come on.  I am a believer in continuous growth and improvement, and believe that an organizations culture and environment is what drives the growth of PMOs and all areas, and not the other way around.

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