The fascinating world of project management is no stranger to disruptive developments with the emergence in the last decade of three pillars:
- Agile Mindset
- New Disruptive Technologies and
- The PMO and PMOfficer playing a key role unifying the first two pillars.
I want to clarify that there are no absolute truths, but the reality today shows without a doubt that these three pillars will impact organizations in the short and medium term.
By referring to “Project Director” we mean to say any similar role that is given the responsibility of the day to day projects of an organization, which includes, the Senior Project Manager, Program Manager, Portfolio Manager, Project Leader and Project Manager, etc
1. Mindset Agil
Before going any further, we are not talking here about methodologies (scrum, lean, kanban etc) that we have already discussed in other articles under a PMO perspective nor agile practices but rather with a different view and philosophy regarding what we have been doing this past century as to the approach towards project management and the implementation of new technologies.
This new vision from my point of view must be based on three pillars.
- Trust. Safe and reliable relationships at all levels.
- Innovation. Not Innovating in itself can lead us to extinction.
- Future vision. Always look beyond the short term
Which of the following statements are you most in agreement or disagreement with?
- Intelligence is something really basic that you cannot really change much. You are either born with it or not. Yes, you can learn new things, but you really cannot change how smart you are
- No matter how smart you are, you can always improve, sometimes you can improve a lot
Upon discovering this image, I think that it summarizes the aspects affecting these types of mentalities and can answer the previous question from the individual perspective of the who reader.
2. New Disruptive Technologies
A PMOfficer needs to be familiar with and have an understanding of the new technologies beyond being simply a subject matter expert in any one of these but rather have a general understanding of all applicable new technologies as a part of his role. The PMOfficer is responsible for maintaining himself current as it might be required as a part of a strategic initiative on behalf of the organization to implement several technologies as part of a program.
In my opinion the PMOfficer needs to be familiar with the following technologies:
Blockchain (block chain): a database, a ledger, of which all the members of the network keep a copy. The key to this technology is the consensus: if we all have the same information, that information is true. Period. It is a concept that poses a huge revolution not only in our economy but in all kinds of areas. Example: Goodbye, Mr banking intermediary
Big Data: a term that describes the large volume of data, both structured and unstructured flooding businesses every day. But it is not the amount of data that is important. What matters with Big Data is what organizations do with the data. Big Data can be analyzed for ideas that lead to better decisions and strategic business initiatives.
RPA (Robotic Process Automation): is a platform that can transform the way we operate the processes by automating manual or semi automatic tasks performed in one or more technological applications by configuring software robots.
And includes three concepts:
- Softwares RPA : Automate, UiPath, Blueprism , Automation Anywhere, etc
- Cognitive technology: the ability of a being to receive information, process and obtain additional knowledge through experience.
- Artificial intelligence (AI) : also called computational intelligence is intelligence exhibited by machines.
IoT (Internet of Things): is a concept that refers to the digital interconnection of everyday objects with the Internet. Alternatively, Internet of things is the Internet connection with more things or objects than people.
Cybersecurity: digital protection at all levels. It is the practice necessary to prevent any type of malicious attack and not only takes care to protect you computer systems through various security systems to counter such attacks, but also is responsible for educating the end user so that it can detect type attacks phishing or identity theft and that the user should be able to stop.
Where Cybercrime refers to illicit access to private, personal or sensitive data. These can escape Internet both a corporate network as credit cards of people who do not suspect the presence of criminals using various technical means
Machine Learning: The "machine learning" is the subfield of computer science and a branch of artificial intelligence , which aims to develop techniques that allow computers to learn . More specifically, it is about creating programs able to generalize behaviors from information supplied as examples.
3. The PMO and PMOfficer key roles unifying the pillars of the "Agile Mindset" and "New Disruptive Technologies"
Today in large disruptive organizations and we are not speaking in terms of "size" such as number of employees, life years in the market or current position in the industry.
We are talking about their ability to influence today's society and its ability to change the world and society as we know it.
I think there is no great organization where the "Core" of their business is based on delivering value via the delivery of products and / or services that are not based on a foundation of project management.
It should be noted however that there has been a significant change with virtually no transition, going from traditional methodology to Agile framework in one fell swoop mainly in Startups.
We must understand and for some of us even, accept, that not everything that is agile is perfect and immediately brings forward successful results in all industries, all projects and all organizations because there are many factors to consider.
Therefore, it makes sense that there is a certain transition to adopt or design Hybrid PMOs Design models where the use of both agile and traditional project management methodologies co-exist.
This is where I believe a project manager or Senior PM must evolve into the role, powers and responsibilities of a PMOfficer supported by a strategic 360 degree vision of the Organization based on three objectives:
1. The alignment of all projects of the PMO with the objectives and strategic vision of the Organization.
2. The PMO should focus on generating constant value throughout the (short, medium and long term) time horizon.
3. The PMO should be a "reference and distinctive entity" within the organization with the goal of providing an ROI to the organization
For all the above, I consider that the role of PMOfficer is crucial in any organization being that the natural evolution of a XXI Century Project Manager, must also have the ability to:
a) Understand both visions of methodologies in project management (Waterfall / Agile), but at the same time respect the independence of their frameworks.
b) With a strategic vision to design and lead corporate Hybrid PMOs formulations when the timing is right.
c) All of this to be conducted from the viewpoint of the business being the facilitator. The PMOfficer acts as change agent and helps the organization in its transition.
d) Ensure in conjunction with the CTO that technologies ensure the successful implementation of the project portfolio and are aligned with the strategic vision of the organization within a maximum period of three year.
Special thanks to Joey Perugino for english version