A PMO usually monitors and reports the progress of the project under it but only a few are highly influential. How to become one of them? In his blog, Philippe Husser reveals 3 convenient strategies to become a powerful PMO.
Steps to Become a Highly Influential PMO
Some arrange, manage, and form procedures, approaches, applications, and teams for projects, programs, and portfolios. Others have a more strategic role in the company. Only a few can boast to be truly powerful. Following are the 3 convenient strategies to become a highly powerful PMO:
Visible to All: A powerful PMO will never lurk behind someone’s shadow. They would come out of the back office administration and lead the game. The highly influential ones would set up meetings with key stakeholders to listen to expectations, requirements, and challenges. They would hone their soft skills to connect and strengthen their community of supporters. Government projects usually have this kind of PMOs.
Strategic Importance: When you belong to a powerful PMO team, you play an active role in strategy implementation. Constant communications with key executives give you a fair idea about the vision and strategic objectives of the company. This helps to develop your critical thinking so that you can look beyond the obvious. The powerful PMO will also raises questions when there are discrepancies in goal settings and related objectives. Supply chain projects with the fast-changing business model have this kind of PMOs.
Longstanding Impacts: If you continuously suggest improvements to the work environment and prevent downtime, you are a powerful PMO. You also would look for opportunities and maximize benefits from them as early as possible. You should be able to optimize your critical thinking, respond to change, and improve behavior detection when required. The highly influential PMOs also identify cost improvement areas in high-value projects.
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