Interview with Victoria Kumar, PMI Board of Directors



Interviewed by Petek Kabakci, PMP, PCC

PMI Turkey Chapter

Ankara, Turkey



Interview with Victoria Kumar, PMP

Member, Board of Directors

Project Management Institute


Victoria Kumar, MMath, PMP is a member of the 2015 board of directors for the Project Management Institute (PMI®). She is past president of the PMI North Carolina Chapter, serving in various board member positions from 2003 to 2007 and was a member of the PMI Leadership Institute Advisory Group in 2010 and 2011.

Ms. Kumar’s professional career includes project development management with IBM Canada Laboratory, and PMO program management for organizations in both the private and public sectors.

Ms. Kumar has served the North Carolina State Government for several years as Project Management Office (PMO) Program Manager / Senior Project Manager with the North Carolina Office of the State Controller and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, managing large-scale government information technology programs and projects and participating with the state’s Enterprise PMO in the IT governance process.

She has travelled worldwide, presenting in seminars and conferences. Her recent engagements include seminars on “Program and Project Managers as Creative and Innovative Leaders” and “Delivering Successful Projects …Every Time.” Ms. Kumar published several conference papers as part of PMI global congress proceedings. She offered several project management and leadership development seminars, including “Effective Requirements Management” and “Successful Implementation of a PMO” for PMI SeminarsWorld® for more than a decade.

Ms. Kumar holds master’s degrees in pure mathematics and in computer science from University of Waterloo (Canada), where she has also earned PhD credits in management science. She has a master’s certificate in IT Project Management from George Washington University, is a graduate of the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class, and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

This interview was conducted by Petek Kabakci, PMP, PCC on behalf of the PMI Turkey Chapter for their bi-monthly Newsletter.


Petek Kabakci (Kabakci):           As an experienced Project Management Office (PMO) Manager, Program Manager and Senior Project Manager, what have you found to be the essential steps in building an “Agile PMO”?

Victoria Kumar (Kumar):            Agility in the PMO is more than a toolset…it is a mindset. So the first and most important step in making the transition to agile is to adopt an organization-wide agile culture that encompasses the agile enterprise PMO, agile IT and development environments, and agile project practices. In the past, the traditional function of the PMO was in large part monitoring and reporting. In the agile enterprise, instead, the PMO’s primary role now also focuses on the facilitation and support of project implementation.

Kabakci:                What are the main differences between private and public sector PMO structures?

Kumar:                   While public and private PMOs share many of the same attributes, they can differ in reporting structure. Government entities, for example, may have several agency-level project offices that report to an umbrella EPMO, which in turn, reports to a legislative body or executive branch. From a regulatory standpoint, public and private PMOs can also serve different functions within their organizations; a government PMO might be tasked with regulatory development, monitoring and oversight, while its private-sector counterpart focuses on compliance.


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