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Big Challenges for the PMO in 2017

Which meteors are coming to humble your PMO this year? Or rather, which PMO improvements are you bold enough to undertake? In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Lindsay Scott considers the myriad challenges that PMOs might face this year:

  • Improving the maturity of organizational project portfolio management (PPM)
  • Implementing new processes
  • improving staff capability
  • Increasing the value of the PMO to the organization
  • Staying in touch with the business
  • Improving tool use
  • Evolving the PMO
  • Staying in existence
  • Making improvements in key processes
  • Doing the basics

Survival Strategies

Some of these challenges pretty much speak for themselves, while others warrant some explanation. What really stands out though—and what makes PMOs a unique challenge in and of themselves—is that they are always having to justify their reason to exist. That in turns mean they must always be eager to adapt to business changes, namely, the presence of agile in the organization.

But even the PMOs that are not fending for their lives still have plenty of room to grow and improve. For instance, Excel might be the PMO tool of choice for supporting major projects. Surely more applicable software solutions exist. Here is what Scott says about improving key PMO processes:

Every PMO needs a MOT [moment of truth], a health check occasionally to ensure that what they do well continues to go well and never become complacent. One of the key areas is the methodology used on programmes and projects – often the most visible and used by such a wide variety of people in the delivery organisation. The PMO is the custodian of the methodology so it stands to reason that its contents are something which are regularly reviewed by the PMO.

Are you confident in your PMO’s ability to keep growing in the right direction this year? You can view the original post here:

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  1. Would the survival of PMO be dependent on level of project management activities within the organization ie the number of projects being done by the organization. I would want to believe that as long as there are projects that are being done to help the any organization achieve their objectives then the PMO will always be relevant – as to how they operate though will have to be revised with the fast paced technological and other advances that are being made at rapid pace. The type of PMO will need to consistent with what support the projects within the organization requires.

    But i believe that PMOs should be stating around for some time to come.

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