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Top Ten Reasons for PMO Failure

Do you know why PMOs fail? Why do they lack in delivery despite their potential? There are so many reasons behind their failure. In this article at Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall explains some prominent reasons why a PMO fails after performing beyond expectation. Is it visible enough to maintain effective governance?

Identify Emerging Risks

The project management offices are known either as a strategic execution arm or an avoidable overhead cost. Both the perceptions are misleading and eventually affect project progress.

Think beyond the risk management efforts to boost your chances of achievement. Follow the PMO failure checklist to act beyond your risk identification and response plan:

Lack of Risk Evaluation and Strategy Execution

Instead of requesting, use your contacts to urge the senior executives to find a project sponsor. Offer to operate under the sponsor to formulate a project charter while keeping the key stakeholders engaged.

Limited Understanding of the Work Culture

Seek key stakeholder feedback by implementing the Delphi methodology. It should align with the beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and actions of people involved in the projects. Also, focus on the unforeseen results.

Inability to Understand Stakeholder Needs

Talk to the stakeholders to learn about their interests, expectations, and project preferences. Deliver monthly or weekly project updates to woo them.

Neglecting the PMO’s Positioning

If you seek stakeholder inputs in the initial phase, it will become easier to understand if an enterprise or department PMO fits better. Encourage feedback over all the project management problems in the initial stage.

Failing to Execute PMO the Right Way

Ensure that you do your research relating to the organization’s work culture. Even If you wish to implement a directive PMO, be ready for evident changes.

Ignorance About Stakeholder Behavior

Identify the most influential stakeholders that have the power to halt or derail the initiatives. Invite them to project meetings with other primary stakeholders to discuss your PMOs’ existence. Give importance to everyone’s opinion.

Lack of Stakeholder Communication

Form a communication plan per their preference. Be ready with a strategy covering what, when, where, why, and how about the PMO.

PMO Without Technical Project Managers

Lack of leadership and strategic management skills is one of the most prominent reasons for a PMO’s failure. Thus, form a job description highlighting your potential manager’s soft skill and business management ability. Hire the right fit.

Ineffective Project Management Training

Ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of your staff and offer them online project management courses. Take initiatives to develop an internal training program or certification.

Traditional and Agile Project Lifecycle

Define the pros and cons of the waterfall and agile methodologies to your stakeholders and periodically to periodically evaluate the effectiveness of your project. Click on the following link to read the original article:

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