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Breakfast & Learn: Assessing PMO Maturity in Your Organization

Breakfast & Learn: Assessing PMO Maturity in Your Organization 1650 928 StrategicFront

Last week StrategicFront partnered with Sciforma and delivered a presentation at the “Breakfast & Learn” event in Toronto. In this presentation SF team talked about a proven approach for assessing PMO Maturity in your organization.

Enjoy the highlights of the presentation, the slides and the full recording.

What is a PMO?

Project Management Office (PMO) is a group or department within a business, government agency, or enterprise that defines and maintains standards for project management within the organization. The PMO strives to standardize and introduce economies of repetition in the execution of projects. The PMO is the source of documentation, guidance and metrics on the practice of project management and execution.

A PMO maintains an overview of projects, knows the company strategy, and ensures that both go hand in hand. However, the specific application areas of a PMO vary greatly from company to company.

A PMO is…

  • a centralized structure that eases and expedites the delivery of projects through good project management discipline and the application of appropriate governance
  • an entity that holds a holistic view of all projects and understands the business imperatives behind each initiative
  • an information channel to make key functional units, and all stakeholders aware of their roles and responsibilities
  • responsible for creating and communicating the overall project dashboard

A PMO is NOT…

  • intended to be an added level of unnecessary bureaucracy or overhead
  • doing the work but rather facilitating the execution in an integrated and consistent fashion
  • a roadblock to business growth
  • a manager of day-to-day business activities

A Viable PMO Should Provide Value

  • Contribute to business growth – inject project management discipline from strategy formulation through benefits realization
  • Reduce business risk – flexible, end-to-end project management process that balances rigor with overhead, with simple-to-use tools to plan, manage, track and report all project activities
  • Keep management informed – provide regular updates to the leadership / executive team and contribute to ongoing executive reporting as it pertains to the status of execution
  • Deliver successful projects – provide project management best practice discipline to guide and drive project delivery and realise desired benefits
  • Serve as PM expert – set the standard, provide the tools / templates, be the resident advocate and model for good Project Management practice while mentoring, guiding and training

5 Steps to Improve PMO Maturity

  1. Know the PMO functions/departments being assessed and plan the assessment project
  2. Get the people aligned and conduct a Kickoff to get everyone on the same page
  3. Conduct the assessment and know where your PMO Maturity Level is today
  4. Determine the desired level of PMO maturity based on organizational strategic goals
  5. Develop a Roadmap to achieve the desired PMO maturity level

To reach your desired level of PMO maturity that will provide the most value, given your operating environment and level of investment available, consider strong partnerships with external parties that are solely focused on your success.

Want to Learn More? Watch the Full Presentation

Are you looking for project management help? Let’s talk!

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Breakfast & Learn for Project Management Leaders

Breakfast & Learn for Project Management Leaders 1650 1100 StrategicFront

In large organizations, the evolution of project management lags behind development of other capabilities such as finance, operations, HR, etc.

Only when the need for project management becomes critical do companies pay attention to improving their project management capabilities. 

But a proactive approach is the best way to be prepared for growth and business changes. What is the best way to achieve acceleration and progress in your project management?

On June 25th, StrategicFront in partnership with Sciforma will host a networking Breakfast & Learn event, during which we will discuss the following topics:

  • A maturity model for assessing your PMO maturity, and how to ask the right questions to achieve the desired outcome
  • Looking at your “whole system” of a PMO organization and measure across multiple line-of-business PMOs and roll up to Enterprise PMO
  • Carving a pathway towards a continuous growth journey in PMO maturity
  • How technology plays a role as you mature your PMO

Join us June 25 for Breakfast & Learn presentations and networking event!

Date: Tuesday, June 25
Time: 8 AM to 11 AM
Location:
Downtown Toronto
WeWork Toronto
240 Richmond Street W
Toronto, ON M5V 2C5


Meet the Speakers

Farzad Khan, MBA, P.Eng., PMP
Management Consultant 
StrategicFront / Consulting

Rachel Atkins, PMP, BSc
Strategic Management Consultant 
StrategicFront / Consulting

Elise Mascret
Canada Sales Manager
Sciforma

StrategicFront & Sciforma will also present how a project and portfolio management tool can help you centralize your data and gain visibility needed to mature your PMO:

  • Manage a portfolio of projects and choose the “right” projects to launch, depending on your strategic issues, your risks, your cost constraints or deadlines.
  • Respect schedules in terms of deadlines or budgets, make specific commitments on projects, manage resources and optimize project plan.
  • Consolidate the workload of your resources and master the progress of your projects.
  • Monitor your projects and project data in real time.

Are you looking for project management help? Let’s talk!

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Understanding PMO Maturity in Your Organization

Understanding PMO Maturity in Your Organization 1200 627 StrategicFront

Last week StrategicFront partnered with Sciforma to host a 1-hour webinar, in which we talked about a proven approach for assessing and maturing PMO in your organization.

Here are some highlights of the webinar, as well as the slides and the full recording.

What is a PMO?

A Project Management Office (PMO) is an essential component that enables the successful delivery of key initiatives for a department, unit or organization, and hence, enables its overall future success. An effective PMO should manage expectations, drive the right behaviours and, ensure the right level of communication and accountability.

A PMO is…

  • a centralized structure that eases and expedites the delivery of projects through good project management discipline and the application of appropriate governance
  • an entity that holds a holistic view of all projects and understands the business imperatives behind each initiative
  • an information channel to make key functional units, and all stakeholders aware of their roles and responsibilities
  • responsible for creating and communicating the overall project dashboard

A PMO is NOT…

  • intended to be an added level of unnecessary bureaucracy or overhead
  • doing the work but rather facilitating the execution in an integrated and consistent fashion
  • a roadblock to business growth
  • a manager of day-to-day business activities

A Viable PMO Should Provide Value

  • Contribute to business growth – inject project management discipline from strategy formulation through benefits realization
  • Reduce business risk – flexible, end-to-end project management process that balances rigor with overhead, with simple-to-use tools to plan, manage, track and report all project activities
  • Keep management informed – provide regular updates to the leadership / executive team and contribute to ongoing executive reporting as it pertains to the status of execution
  • Deliver successful projects – provide project management best practice discipline to guide and drive project delivery and realise desired benefits
  • Serve as PM expert – set the standard, provide the tools / templates, be the resident advocate and model for good Project Management practice while mentoring, guiding and training

5 Steps to Improve PMO Maturity

  1. Know the PMO functions/departments being assessed and plan the assessment project
  2. Get the people aligned and conduct a Kickoff to get everyone on the same page
  3. Conduct the assessment and know where your PMO Maturity Level is today
  4. Determine the desired level of PMO maturity based on organizational strategic goals
  5. Develop a Roadmap to achieve the desired PMO maturity level

Want to Learn More? Watch the Full Webinar


Are you looking for project management help? Let’s talk!