Why we’re the perfect partner to run your retrospective

So what makes The PMO Professionals the perfect partner to run your retrospective?

We know our stuff

Learning all the lessons that are there to be learned from the experience of running projects is something of a passion for us.

We’ve written a book about it

Did we mention that Ken has written a five-star-reviewed book on the subject? ‘Learning Lessons from projects; How it works, why it goes wrong and how you can do it better’

Here’s an independent review of the book

And here’s an interview about the book

We’ve written quite a bit about learning lessons...

We've given quite a few presentations...

…to gatherings of fellow PMO professionals…

We ‘get it’

We understand the things that can go wrong in lessons learned processes, and we have developed approaches to get around them. They’re in the book, and we use them as part of our process.

We have our own ways of encouraging contribution, and ensuring that the elephant in the room doesn’t get ignored. We’re happy to speak up when the emperor is not wearing any clothes.

We tailor each retrospective to get the best results from a particular project in a particular organisation, and we’re more than happy to modify our approach on the fly if we think that something different will work better.

We’ve been around the block a few times

We have run retrospectives for client organisations from financial services to fashion, and from consultancy to construction.

We have reaped reflections from projects and programmes, from groups both large and small.

We use techniques to make sure that we don’t just capture workshop whining – we dig deeper and turn them into actionable insights.

We have walked the talk and exploited our experience to tune our techniques so that people feel able to contribute constructively, and value the experience of doing so.

We know how to make the journey from interesting observation to actionable insight.

Location doesn’t matter

If you want to do things in person then we can come to you and do a workshop in your workplace.

If your team is geographically dispersed then we can run a remote retrospective using techniques we have developed – here’s an insight into our typical remote set-up:

Either way, we have the capability to implement a collaborative consultation with your project or programme delivery team.

What people say

Don’t just take our word for it – here are some thoughts from people who have contributed:

And here’s some feedback from a recent remote retrospective (each sticky represents an attendee vote with an assessment of whether the session was a worthwhile investment of their time):

Now you know why we’re the best choice to run your retrospective, why not take a look at our ‘Learn lessons from your project’ service, and find out what it’s like to work with us?

Or if you’ve heard enough, why not get in touch to kick things off?

What sets us apart

We work on an outcomes basis

We don’t need a desk in your office or any equipment - we've got that covered.


Day to day, we will keep in touch regularly using online conferencing and asynchronous collaboration tools. We can provide a face to face option where necessary, to achieve a specific outcome.


So whether you’re keen to minimise your facilities footprint, or you're operating across multiple time zones - you can benefit from our services regardless of your physical location.

We deliver, then we depart

When you engage with us to achieve a particular outcome, we’ll agree with you how this will be delivered using a statement of work with clear milestones, metrics and measures.


Then we’ll work with laser focus to deliver that outcome.


When it’s done we’ll carry out any agreed knowledge transfer - and then we’ll move on.

We are self starters

Once we’ve all agreed what’s needed, we’ll get to work!


We will keep you updated throughout, and you can expect us to put in as much effort as is needed to deliver results.


Because let’s face it - it’s results you need, not more management overhead, right?


And if those results happen sooner than expected, rest assured that we won’t conjure up more work to bill you for.

Get in touch! We are looking forward to getting started.