The PMO Squad
The PMO Squad helps organizations deliver projects better. Their team of Project Management experts assist clients across all industries with Solutions Made Simple to improve their project delivery capabilities. Their Customer Focused and Purpose Driven Approach provides custom Agile and Project Management solutions to fit your needs.
The PMO Squad are built specifically to address the challenges organizations and PMO Leaders face navigating the many twists and turns on your Project Management Journey. Whether you are just getting starting or looking to reach your ultimate maturity, they understand the journey can be difficult to travel alone. Utilize our team of PMO Leaders and Project Delivery Experts to push forward delivering Agile, PPM, Project Management and PMO solutions to help you reach your goals.
The PMO Squad is not a staffing firm, but they do work with clients to meet their Project Management resource needs. Since they focus only on Project Management services we have access to experienced Agile, PMO, and Project Management talent. Over the years they've built a virtual bench of highly qualified project delivery experts which allows them to respond quickly to your resourcing needs. They supply Agile, PMO and Project Management resource for Contract engagements, Temp to Hire arrangements and also for permanent placement with Direct Hires.
The PMO Squad training classes are developed to provide hands on learning for your teams. They are also offer Team Building Workshops centered on Project Management gaming experiences for fun and educational sessions.
Purpose Driven PMO
Purpose Driven PMO solutions help guide you and your team to achieve measurable results to keep pushing forward. Along the Project Management Journey you'll learn to optimize your capabilities and helping your PMO deliver value to the organization.
AD HOC PROJECT MANAGEMENT
This is where organizations start their Project Management Journey. Individual Project Managers working on assigned projects without any coordination between the projects. The PMs most likely are using their own project management templates. The projects are not within a larger Project Portfolio. Multiple Project Management tools are being used. PMs don't have a career path defined. Some or all PMs haven't received formal project management training. Projects are being done, but no one is really sure of the project status, the PMs probably aren't being managed, and the organization is most likely not getting any values from Ad Hoc Project Management.
STANDARDIZING PROJECT DELIVERY
Once you've reached this stage you're no longer running projects ad hoc, you now have some standardized processes and tools. You've made good progress! The challenges are not gone however, as you must now meet increased expectations from leaders that you are going to consistently deliver successful projects. Your organization may be getting ready to build their first PMO during this stage your improvements are getting noticed. The Project Managers are working together to share best practices but leaders now want to see reports and measurements to understand what the added costs are giving them. You most likely have many skeptics in the organization who feel project management discipline isn't necessary. Resource Management and Portfolio Management still aren't accepted and projects are still being run by Accidental PMs.
ORGANIZATIONAL PROJECT DELIVERY
You are really starting to make an impact at your organization with Project Management! During this stage your organization is utilizing great practices with Portfolio Management, Resource Management, PPM tools, KPIs or other Metrics and your PMO is organized and effective. This is also usually when organizational leaders are grumbling about the overhead of the PMO, process is getting in the way of progress. You may also be struggling with the PMO still reporting to a specific function, such as IT, rather than at an Enterprise level. The Project Management software you originally purchased is now being stretched to its limits and a more robust tool is most likely in order. Your Project Managers probably have a defined career path but are seeking additional training to help them take on the high-visibility projects. As the PMO Leader you're now seeking some coaching to help you navigate the strategic organizational discussions you're being pulled into more often.
STRATEGIC PROJECT DELIVERY
This is where many PMOs hit the wall. The industry has begun developing the SRO or Strategy Realization Office concept but in reality they are trying to jump through the Project Management Journey without understanding the complexities and benefits of walking through the stages of the journey.
In this stage, Organizational Leaders participate in portfolio and resource discussions. They are seeing the benefits of successful project delivery and start planning which Project Management rock stars would be assigned to critical projects. But something is missing, it seems as if the PMO and Project Management push has stalled.
You know there can be more but you're not sure how to get there. This stage is when PMOs shift from tactical execution and governance to strategic delivery. This requires a changing mindset from "how are we doing" to "here's how we can drive competitive advantage". Project Management is now a core competency within the organization and Executive Leadership openly participates and supports Project Management activities and rituals.
You've reached the Project Management Mountaintop, a place few PMOs reach! The journey to stage 5 is long, usually taking 5 - 10 years to reach this point and many lessons have been learned along the way. Once you are here the organization is now feeling the benefits of advanced Project Management and PMO capabilities.
Your organization now embraces project delivery and aligns project outcomes with strategic decision making. It is understood that each project is an investment in time, people, dollars, culture and reputation. The Leadership Team and shareholders expect that projects will generate value for the organization. There is enterprise-wide alignment on Portfolio and Resource decisions, Strategic Goals, and Project Delivery.
The challenge here is greater than at any other stage. Once you reach the pinnacle, how do you maintain this standing? How do you ensure you have the team, tools, and partners to maintain such a high-level of performance?