CEO Today - September 2023 Edition

will help to keep the PMO on track to delivering strategic contributions. A PPM tool can provide a platform to streamline the processing of project pipelines, with prioritisation based on strategic alignment. It collects data in an enterprise database to deliver automated reporting for data-driven decision-making. Only with data can a PMO create a realistic delivery roadmap, and a well-managed process for consistent throughput of projects that provide the right outcomes. Much of the PPM tool value is delivered through modern business intelligence technologies that senior leaders sometimes are reluctant to engage with. Yet learning to navigate a self-service dashboard rather than insisting on receiving a monthly PowerPoint report by email may open the door to much great insights on demand. Actively working with the PMO to define executive reporting requirements is key however – as otherwise too much, too little, or irrelevant data may be provided, and reports fail to benefit their audience. Senior business leaders hold the key to unlocking the PMO’s potential. By clearly articulating challenges and desired strategic outcomes, leaders can guide the PMO towards becoming a dynamic force that fuels the organisation’s success. The PMO’s transformation from an administrative function to a strategic driver is a journey that requires commitment, collaboration, and the right tools. In embracing this evolution, senior leaders pave the way for a future where the PMO becomes an indispensable catalyst for innovation, efficiency, and strategic achievement. Gero Renker, co-founder and director of portfolio, project and programme consultancy firm, Program Framework.

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