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Can Your PMO Survive the Test of Today’s Fast-Paced World?

Your PMO team was a formidable governing structure in the past with strict rules and overarching approval processes. Today’s fast-paced world has compelled them to become more adaptable, flexible, and scalable in their activities. In this article at PM Times, Paul Oppong discusses how the PMO can survive the test of today’s volatility.

Stabilizing PMO in a Volatile Market

Project management offices can no longer work with obsolete rules and decorum. They must adapt as per the organizational needs and support projects. New avenues and subsequent threats are making businesses change their traditional, slow-paced business model. Shifting to a change-ready framework, you can reduce waste and transfers while improving transparency and workforce agility.

PMO Gets the Worst Hit: Among all the management teams in the organization, your PMO is struggling the most. Clients require faster deliverables and the team needs to supervise several projects. Project scopes hardly changed for previous development plans so PMOs had set activities for all timelines. They must constantly look out for new changes and upgrade project scopes now.

Power of Adaptability: Before enabling an innovative workplace culture, the upper management must inculcate an agile mindset, starting with the PMO.

  • Project management offices should be more proactive and invite changes as opportunities to grow. They should inspire the workforce to feel the same.
  • They must implement Agile for faster delivery. With shorter development phases, you can include change demands better. Stakeholders and clients approve these changes so the project results are based on legible and current requirements. Short sprints also allow teams to address issues quicker. Carefully laid out change management processes help implement change responses sooner.
  • Your PMO team must learn to ask the right questions while assessing changes and their relevance to the project development. It should let go of unnecessary and long-drawn processes and fast-track existing ones.

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