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Why PMOs Need to Change Perspective to Stay Relevant

Nowadays, the majority of the companies are doing away with PMOs. The management thinks the processes are too rigid for today’s project developments. In this article at Smartsheet, PM expert Terry Ross explains why PMOs need to change perspective to stay relevant.

PMOs: Exploring New Avenues

Only 52 percent of project managers directly report to project management offices now. Companies are distributing the PMO roles because the traditional approach slows down the agile developments. The cross-functional team are self-organizing themselves and coordinating effectively with teams. This is gradually lessening the control a PMO has over projects. Ross and MOD Pizza opine that PMOs need to support projects rather than defining policies.

New Direction

The intent of PMOs is ensuring governance, training, and efficiency. Ross remarks that the average age of a PMO is five years, which is a short period to describe its value addition. However, the traditional ones seem to be stifling the growth of the present projects. The committees are stressing on procedures rather than adjusting them to make the projects successful.

For the past 50 years, companies know about project support offices (PSOs) as a concept. With more projects preferring the agile approach and new collaboration and task management software solutions, PSO will soon be a reality. When cross-functional teams are making use of these, PMOs must train and understand how to build best practices around them. Ross observes that PMO leaders must focus on training when the project failure rates go high.

Having said that, PMOs must not lose control or bend themselves backward to accommodate the new mindset. The essence of a project management office is streamlining processes and looking into matters objectively. When equipped with the right tools, right processes, and modified roles and responsibilities, PMOs would sure find their place again.

To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://www.smartsheet.com/blog/survive-PMO-shakeout-shifting-from-policing-to-supporting

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