Every profession has its own association/institute with their vision, and missiona. For PMO people until recently they did not have an association to represent them. However, the value and role of PMOs is not well understand even with an estimated 5m people using the PMO in their title. PMOs directly and indirectly impact project, program and portfolio success but there is no collective vision on the future of PMOs and what they will be doing in 2030. PMOs in some countries the backbone of a country visions. Butunless PMOs develop their own vision and understand the opportunities and threats its is unlikely they will be able achieve their maximum impact especially in supporting their own organizations and collectively towards supporting their country’s vision..
Looking at PMOs today across the globe, one can come to the following conclusions:
- 1000’s of types and configurations of PMOs
- PMOs vary per country, within and across industries
- Vary from being a success to a failure
- Vary from being secretarial support to running mega projects
- Over 300 services PMOs can provide in any combination
- Researchers unable to agree on a single categorization due to their limited sample size
- PMO involved at both levels of strategy formulation and strategy execution
- PMO names vary from the generic to the specific
- Not a profession, therefore limited potential impact on senior management
PMOs need a vision for the future otherwise they will continue struggle, and part of the vision should be to develop PMO Management into a recognized profession!
The figure about shows the vision 2030 strategy framework that is applied during the country workshop. This global initiative is being sponsored by institutes and organizations where it is being run country by country.