Federico Fellini once said that “Life should be lived in all directions at once!” . In the world of programme and project management we seem to be the very embodiment of this maxim. The 4th Industrial Revolution is pressing change every where and change is accelerating. It’s not just accelerating, but it’s accelerating on a lot of different fronts all at once so it is time to reconsider how we define and approach PMOs, it is time for a bit of a revolution!
PMOs Need to Revolt
We were recently interviewed by Stuart Easton of Transparent Choice in a Podcast where we talked about how 4IR is changing PMOs and how the project portfolios can be the very drivers of positive change. It is the portfolio of projects that you undertake that transforms strategy into real-world change. The ability to deliver projects is the factor that determines how quickly your organisation can take advantage of 4IR technologies and business models. The PMO, therefore, is probably the most critical part of any organisation when it comes to 4IR technology adoption and transformation programmes BUT does your PMO have the 4IR background to best support such a portfolio or does it need to consider having a revolution?
Viva La Revolution
We need to ask PMOs if they have the skills and tools to hand to work Industry 4.0 technologies. Portfolio and project prioritisation are absolutely key, selecting the best candidates for implementation, which is why we such big proponents of Transparent Choice’s AHP software. Reducing the resource planning and modelling cycle has taken on a whole importance given the scarcity of many key skills and the prices that they command. With staff turn-over comes the need for a PMO to have the project management skills to support and advise staff, some of whom are often thrown into PM roles and expected to survive! Naturally solid process and procedures are core to any PMO, but agility and adaptability in using them are important and that is where an important part of our philosophy comes in.
It is all too easy for a PMO fall into a silo, but deploying IoT tech needs PMOs who are industry aware. This can be difficult for in-house PMOs to achieve as it is seen as an overhead activity, but for a PMO as a Service (PMOaaS) company it is as essential as breathing. PMO as a Service needs to have depth and breadth of experience because it places everything we do into the wider business context and adds value to our client’s portfolio. We put our staff into Industry 4.0 expos, speak at conferences and attend further education courses. We reach out to our contacts in various chamber of commerce’s and the Institute of Directors to see how they have implemented new technologies. We have never found a company to be anything less than helpful and generous, as well as often very candid about their experiences, these contacts have been a very valuable insight.
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Our thanks to Stuart Easton at Transparent Choice.