We have seen over and over again how Lean PMOs (Project Management Office) help our customers focus on the right priorities and create the agility and flexibility needed to adapt plans quickly. In fact, we’ve found that many organizations around the world are looking for experienced PMO managers and teams to build PMOs within their organization, and not just any type of PMO, but a lightweight or Lean PMO. As one of the top-ranked universities in the country (and a Meisterplan customer) put it, “To ensure strong acceptance, we wanted to make the process much less onerous. By building a Lean PMO, we have been able to get rapid adoption and deliver results much more quickly.”
Before we go into detail about how a Lean PMO can help your business become more agile, let’s briefly talk about what a PMO is and what we mean by a Lean PMO. If you want more information about PMOs, I highly recommend that you check out our PMO blog series that starts with “What Is a PMO?”.
The goal of a PMO is to bring the company’s strategy to life in the most productive and effective way. A PMO maintains a clear overview of all current work and projects and ensures that current and future projects are aligned with strategy. Another way to articulate the goal of a PMO is to make sure the right work is being done as efficiently as possible to accelerate the business.
If you don’t have a PMO in your company, it may seem like a daunting task to add a new department, but that is where a Lean PMO comes in. A Lean PMO can accomplish the goals of a PMO with a lot less effort. That means that building a Lean PMO will enable your company to become more agile by focusing on the work that moves your business forward, while only requiring a minimal amount of effort to do so.