In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Lindsay Scott reflects on a PMI Virtual Conference session about the path to becoming a “strategic and agile project portfolio management office.” What this really alludes to is how we can create PMOs that are enablers amidst constant change. Scott says that such a PMO would, among other things, foster the following: doing the right things and doing them well, boosting team practices, placing the customer at the center, creating organizational partnerships, developing an agile mindset, and applying proper metrics to everything.
That is a lot to take on, but the result of hitting these far-reaching criteria would be a PMO that manages to step into agile while also unifying services for portfolio, program, and project management. At the original post, Scott shares whiteboard models of how such a PMO transformation would look. You can view it here: http://www.esi-intl.co.uk/blogs/pmoperspectives/index.php/the-strategic-and-agile-project-portfolio-office/