PMOs must share passion for delivery
When people talk about stakeholder management on a project, they seem surprised that the PMO has any influence. In fact, the PMO can play a huge role.
I think it is up to us as PMO professionals to share more of our experiences and best practice. This will enable us to get more people on board and understand the PMO role and how it can add value to any programme or project.
The P30 Guidance and exam was a great start and seemed to at last formally recognise PMO. But we still have a way to go for people to utilise the resource effectively on a project or programme.
The PMO can understand the business objectives to ensure the project aligns to them. The role is often underutilised in a technical respect, whereas if the PMO was at the forefront of technical conversations, the experience and knowledge within it could lead to smoother and more successful delivery.
We must share our share our learnings more widely. A case study approach for each type of organisation or project could be useful, similar to the Olympic Delivery Authoritys Learning Legacy. P30 Guidance has put us on the map but there is much more to do to get us fully appreciated and recognised for our passion in delivery, resilience and best practices. Perhaps this is the way forward?
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As part of our work to prepare for the PMO and Value conference, PMO SIG asked Reinhard Wagner, President of IPMA to let us have his views on PMO, value, and even to give us some PMO Wisdom advice!