PM should transform, says Forrester

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PM should transform, says Forrester

As companies begin to re-invest in capital projects post recession, project management offices (PMOs) need to gear up to facilitate these new plans, writes Network World.

But that doesn't mean they need to adopt more methodology, documentation and process. Many PMOs would be better served by taking a leaner approach to project management, according to a recent report from Forrester Research.

Today's most successful PMOs - the ones with the sustained executive support that help companies complete projects faster - focus on removing obstacles and delivering project management best practices to the entire company, writes Margo Visitacion, a Forrester VP and principal analyst serving application development and delivery professionals.

According to CIO India, these 'transformational' PMOs take a less hands-on approach to project delivery and instead place greater emphasis on portfolio management and establishing useful project management standards for the entire organisation.

“They're called transformational because they enable business transformation through efficient project management. Transformational PMOs fully integrate into the company's project planning and delivery,” writes Visitacion in the report.

“The enterprise project management office transforms from an enterprise project management office into an enterprise program management office because its emphasis shifts from separate, distinct project planning to holistic, integrated initiative planning and execution.”

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