Your PMO in a time of Crisis. Your lifebuoy in choppy seas.
For many of us we are experiencing the greatest levels of uncertainty we have ever known in both our personal and professional lives. Looking for ways to survive and adapt to this new normal, we are being forced to re-evaluate what matters most. Some are risking physical health by leaving the relative safety of their homes each day to report for duty on the front lines, while others cope with the challenge to our mental health, as we ‘cocoon’ or self-isolate at home. We are all dealing with the economic and financial fallout.
We have seen the majority of our businesses in lockdown, be they local or global, and this has had a huge impact on the way we work and deliver projects. But now that initial shock has likely worn off, and the emergency Business Continuity Plans have been implemented, it is time to look to more medium and long term planning.
In a time of crisis your organisation needs to hold the line, share resources and build efficiencies. We are in this together. That well-worn trope has never been more relevant. We see that there is a clear need for change but this change needs to be managed in a planned and controlled manner. A lack of planning and prioritising of initiatives now, may lead to wasted effort and missed opportunities.
The PMI® define the PMO as ‘a management structure that standardises the project-related governance processes and facilitates the sharing of resources, methodologies, tools and techniques’. But it is more than that. It is a key resource that can help guide the business through these uncertain times. The PMO is well placed to help manage this change and it has a key role to play, supporting the business to focus their efforts on responding effectively to this crisis. How the business responds now; is key.
On Wed 20th May, Aspira’s weekly webinar series will investigate the role of the PMO now. We discuss whether the PMO is an asset or an overhead for your organisation. Register here.
This webinar will explore how the PMO can:
- Manage ongoing project activity enabling the business to focus elsewhere
- Adapt to the changed environment by modifying processes and introducing new technologies
- Help re-ignite strategic initiatives to keep the business moving forward
Article by Emma Daly, Business Operations Manager at Aspira. We at Aspira are here to help, For more information on how Aspira can help you with all your project management needs, contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.