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Agile delivery approaches require an Agile PMO!


Traditional PMO practices are fundamentally incompatible with agile because they are based on an entirely different set of premises. There is a wealth of evidence that combining agile delivery with a traditional PMO approach (and/or other traditional organizational practices) leads to big problems:

  • Entrenched habits and existing processes often thwart change efforts.

  • Failing to change wider organizational capabilities leaves agile teams unable to reap the benefits of faster delivery

  • Surveys have indicated that organizational conflict; resistance to change and non-agile frameworks are the number one barrier to adoption of agile practices

  • Organizations need a consistent Agile PMO to align and create visibility across the organization and remove barriers to delivering the most valuable ideas and policies quickly to market.

The key approach with an Agile PMO is not to manage and control teams in a traditional command-and-control top-down style, but instead work as part of service teams to:

  • Enable and support the formation of sustainable teams that focus on delivering policies and improvements with more value, faster flow and better quality.

  • Manage demand through facilitating objective prioritization of work based on value-for-money, time sensitivity and risk.

  • Support and facilitate decision-making at key points around the existing P/SDLC, based on Feasibility, Viability, Desirability.

  • Identify and eliminate obstacles for delivery teams, including wider organizational issues that are barriers to incremental delivery.

  • Track and ensure strategic objectives are delivered across a combination of delivery teams and identify and help resolve dependency conflicts that cut across those teams.

  • Use highly visual work management tools to efficiently connect senior management and the executive directly to work without expensive overheads of traditional reporting and review meetings.

  • Produce and maintain a dashboard of leading strategic metrics (e.g. value delivered, operational impact, overall speed, quality and cost of delivery, lead time for delivery of urgent needs).

We will assist you in providing agile benefits through agile project roles, steering, agile contracts, agile tools, agile standards, agile metrics and KPIs which comprises of the overall agile PMO function.

This enables you measure the agility of your organization through quantitative and qualitative metrics based on the active involvement of all functions.  The emphasis is on developing effective metrics sufficient to measure the success.