The PMO's Changing Role in an Era of Digital Disruption

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Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading association for project, programme and portfolio management professionals, has released three new thought leadership reports on navigating the ‘new normal’ of disruptive technologies.

Not surprisingly, professional project, programme and portfolio management approaches are viewed as being critical to successful digital transformation.

Forging the Future: Evolving with Disruptive Technologies argues that to secure their future in a redefined digital world, organisations must be willing to actively disrupt the status quo through embracing emerging technologies and new ways of working. As this happens, the PMO will continue to evolve as a strategic collaborator driving strategy delivery and execution.

Organisations reporting significantly higher levels of success with digital transformation cite the involvement of the project management function as one of the major reasons for this success, with the Project Management Office playing a critical in avoiding the disconnect between strategy and execution.

To continue performing this role, the PMO will need to reinvent itself, becoming an agent for organisational change and transformation by translating strategy to business outcomes, delivered through projects.

The Next Generation PMO, written in partnership with Capgemini, argues that digital disruption is a powerful catalyst driving the next generation of high performing Project Management Offices - PMOs who embrace disruption; re-image their mission by closely aligning their work with the organisation’s strategic initiatives; and lead (or play a significant role in) the implementation of strategic change initiatives.

High performing, next generation PMOs, evolve to become the engine of organisational change successfully bridging the gap between strategy and delivery.

The C-Suite Outlook: How Disruptive Technologies are Redefining the Role of Project Management, written in partnership with Forbes Insights, examines the role of the C-suite in supporting digital transformation, how organisations can foster a culture of constant change. The report concludes that the establishment of a formal project management capability is critical to overcoming the cultural and organisational barriers to change.

The three reports are part of a larger thought leadership series from PMI covering the impact of disruptive technologies on the project management profession, including PMI’s 2018  Pulse of the Profession®  in-depth reports. Details of the full thought leadership series can be found here – PMI Thought Leadership Series.

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