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Agile PMOs: The Hummingbirds of Project Management

Can you visualize a lean and agile PMO that delivers a measurable contribution to the organization’s growth? If you can, this PMO resembles many traits of a hummingbird.

In this article at The Project Group, Philippe Husser suggests if you have admired the unusual behavior of the hummingbird during turbulent times, then can relate it with agile PMO.

Humming PMO!

Establishing and executing a PMO that continually delivers value in volatile, uncertain, complex, and an ambiguous (VUCA) world of project management is difficult. The agile PMO can fly straight, reverse, upwards, downwards, and even upside down like a hummingbird. A PMO is efficient in hovering and supporting complicated projects with remarkable agility. Let’s look at how the author builds a correlation between agile PMO and hummingbirds:

  • Hummingbirds fall into nine main clades and about 340 species. An agile PMOs belongs to about three to seven branches or clades. These branches hold a range of situations, levels of difficulties, and scope of control. This diversity contributes to agility.
  • Agile PMO imitates a flock of hummingbirds by coordinating with about 35 decentralized small PM offices and managers.
  • Hummingbirds love nectar-bearing flower plants that pollinate with their produce like agile PMO turn dull projects into an ambitious one. As one project ends, the PMO switches to another one to cross-pollinate projects.
  • The hummingbirds fly with breath-taking agility and precision. Likewise, an agile PMO is efficient in flying or processing in any direction. Be it stakeholders, clients, teams, or project managers, agile PMOs are flexible enough to resolve any issue.
  • Hummingbirds can hover for long durations, alike agile PMO, who can anticipate the project fatigue created by the change impact.
  • Hummingbirds are efficient in acquiring vocalizations through imitation. Similarly, the agile PMOs can imitate their peers as well as other professionals. The humming PMOs even learn their stakeholders’ style and adjusts their attitude to develop a productive relationship with them.
  • Hummingbirds are adaptable to the navigational needs of visual processing. Similarly, agile PMOs develop innovative strategies flexible enough to deal with an uncertain and volatile situation.
  • Hummingbirds exhibit stable head positions during turbulent airflow conditions. Likewise, the agile PMO demonstrates expertise and focus during uncertain situations.
  • Hummingbirds can go in a state of hibernation to conserve energy when food is limited. Even an agile PMO goes for hibernation during slow-moving projects or momentary adversity.
  • The average lifespan of a hummingbird is between 3 to 5 years. Agile PMOs’ lifespans are like the hummingbirds. They hold a temporary position in the organization to support a project or a program.

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