Trend #4: The Project Management Office (PMO), Transform Now or Game Over
The second big trend is the end of the PMOs as we have known them for about 40 years. During this period, PMOs were set up as a group in a hierarchical structure, either reporting to the CIO, CFO, or the CEO. However, hierarchies are structures of the past. Today, most organizations look for more agile settings, with fewer management layers, promoting project-based work and self-managed teams.
Therefore PMOs need to change urgently. I see two essential evolutions. First, PMOs should move to cover strategy and transform into strategy implementation offices. Second, we need to develop agile PMOs, temporary entities that will assist in traditional and agile projects.
Once the project is over, the PMO should transition into running, operating, or selling what the project has produced and delivered.