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3 PMO Trends 2021 from the perspective of the PMOfficer. Part1

Abhishek Mishra

Abhishek Mishra

Last updated 22/07/2021


3 PMO Trends 2021 from the perspective of the PMOfficer. Part1

It is evident that this year 2020 has undoubtedly been one of the most complicated of this century at all levels, not only because of the atypical nature of all the circumstances but also because the impact has been global, it has undoubtedly been an impact. 99.99% worldwide.

Against this background I want to share the First Part about my vision as a PMOfficer on the 3 main trends for a PMO for 2021 (and onwards of course).

  1. Virtual PMO (improve Collaboration with Remote Work)
  2. Hybrid PMO (applying traditional and agile frameworks)
  3. Blockchain technology (evolution of efficient management under a PPM )

In this first part is a global vision on how I see a PMO on these three main trends

In the second part we are going to share from my vision the Real Scenario (Current) and the Ideal Scenario (Future) with solutions and / or concrete recommendations.

The 5 big winners (hard to know and believe who has an efficient PMO)

  • Before continuing with this first, we will make a parenthesis since the impact that has not only been in a country, in a region, in a sector or in a specific industry (?), Of course, as in every crisis, opportunities are generated with great exceptions for companies digital entertainment, telecommunications, logistics and supplies, electronic commerce and of course those pharmaceutical companies in a frantic race to get a vaccine, can be considered as the 5 great beneficiaries.
  • Honestly, it is very difficult to know and believe who really has an efficient PMO, but from my experience I do not believe that any, although it is important to mention that digital entertainment companies most likely have an Agile Transformation Office where not only the products but all the operation has a very high maturity managing the entire portfolio of its products.

1. Virtual PMO (Enhance Collaboration with Remote Work)

Very evident this trend for this 2021, has been to promote Remote Work where it was shown that the vast majority of organizations were not prepared for it, just to mention the most obvious:

  • Senior Management's reluctance of the "school trip" that needs to "see people to know what to work for."
  • The "Middle Managers or Directors" who did not know how to delegate or execute that had always been a bottleneck (known problems in the organization but mainly on the part of all tactical and operational teams). but with remote work, the rest of the organization has found out (another thing is to look the other way).
  • Obsolete technological infrastructures both at the level of telecommunications and systems to work remotely beyond 24x7 technical support teams.

2. Hybrid PMO (applying traditional and agile frameworks)

All organizations have project portfolios, and by 2021 the product portfolio will increase because the trend of digital services will continue; therefore it will be necessary to logically manage a hybrid portfolio (projects and products).

I look forward to what PMI will bring with PMBOK® Guide - Seventh Edition (and the one to be available soon) and its vision for "Hybrid Project Management and Direction" with the acquisition of DA! It can be a great boost or on the contrary, it will be a simple "facelift" to continue promoting training and certifications but very little contribution to actual execution in organizations.  

Personal reflection: I hope that PMI's contribution on Agility is much more important than what has been seen up to now with the purchase of DA (Discipline Agile), because today I see many people giving the certification courses in DA when they have never managed a PMO or even led projects and / or products under agile frameworks.

On the other hand Axelos with a more flexible methodology such as PRINCE2 , but they have not yet made the leap in quality to really adopt more agility in Product management.    

Personal reflection: I hope that PMI's contribution on Agility is much more important than what has been seen up to now with the purchase of DA (Discipline Agile), because today I see many people giving the certification courses in DA when they have never managed a PMO or even led projects and / or products under agile frameworks.

3. Blockchain technology (evolution of efficient management under a PPM )

Undoubtedly, technology should be a support pillar for all PMOs, blockchain technology can (and should) be used for Project and Product Management but very mainly in Public Administration (At the Government level of each country).

This point is intrinsically related to the other two: Virtual Hybrid PMO 

Simply and simply because all the resources that are used both at a technical, technological and human level are paid by ALL OF US through our taxes!

And as such they must be managed efficiently and today more than ever!

Do not miss the second part where we are going to share from my vision the Real Scenario (Current) and the Ideal Scenario (Future) with solutions and / or concrete recommendations https://www.linkedin.com/post/edit/6742049370495184896/

Images courtesy of Pixabay https://pixabay.com/

Bibliography: https://ipmoguide.com/project-management-trends-2021-tendences/

THIS ARTICLE ARE PERSONAL OPINIONS BASED ON MY PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES OF +20 YEARS, PART OF THEM ARE BASED ON THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF WRITING THESE LINES AND WHICH I INCLUDE THE BIBLIOGRAPHY AS A SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR ALL READERS.

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Abhishek Mishra aims to create a new platform or forum to facilitate discussion when people or leaders feel stuck and confused or unable to add value. He wanted to create a platform where people help and support each other, where there is no gender differentiation and where people become role models for each other. As a writer, he has been accomplished and accolades in several platforms for expressing his feelings through his words. He has written multiple articles that many professionals liked over platforms like LinkedIn, PModay.co.uk, PM Times, and Medium.com. When he is not writing books, you can find him doing project management. When he is not doing either of these, then you can find him trying out new cuisines. He is good at cooking and cooked multiple cuisines to date, but he has a specialization in baking fabulous cakes. Oh, man! It would be best if you tried his cakes and pastries. He is the kind of person who has loads of energy and does not like to sit idle. His first book, The Book of Powerful & Exceptional Quotes, launched in May-2020, the second book, Stereotypical Leadership, Launched in July, the third book, Envisioning PMO & Project Management through a Jugglers Eye, is scheduled to be launched on 27th Dec 2020 He has got stunning writing skills, Culinary skills, and strong management skills; not just that, he is also a process-oriented person. In a way, he always keeps trying different things, and this shows his inquisitive nature too. Professionally he is a seasoned project manager with 14+ years of experience; he has been associated with multiple non-profitable groups to learn and discover ways to help the community and society.

 
 

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