Organizational Project Management Function
Building the organizational project management system is one of the sub-categories under organizational solutions.
By “function”, we do not mean technology or software, rather, we mean the organizational internal and innovative processes, policies, framework, and methodology for managing the organizational projects. An effective system, will help an organization achieve a higher level of project management maturity, which in turn, will improve the organization's financial performance.
Why the OPM Function?
Many organizations, private and public, are embracing project management as a core capability with strategic value and a main contributor to organizational performance. Further, more and more organizations are implementing project management offices (PMO) to facilitate the adaptation of project management practices ... but there is a gap.
In some situations, the gaps are leading to failure of the PMO, or the PMO is underperforming and not meeting the organizational expectations. Based on our own research in West Asia, and global research by others, we have learned that a primary factor is that the PMO is only building an office rather than implementing the project management organizational system and function.
We believe of the following: if the PMO is not empowered, ideally through a PM Division/Department, or the PMO is not owning the OPM Function, then the PMO will fail. It will fail despite the “trendy” discussions we see online about Agile PMO, or Vision Realization Office (VRO), or Next Generation PMO. You can rebrand your PMO as often as you like but if it does not establish and sustain the OPM, then its demise cannot be far.
Building the Project Management System
Whether an organization has a system in place or not we can help. If no system, we can help the organization build a system, and the function from scratch or they can adopt our SUKAD Way™ approach and customize it to their need and context. If there is a partial system in place or an undocumented system, we can start from what exist to help the organization fill the gaps.
Through our approach we prefer to work closely with the organization personnel and even have them do as much as possible to maximize buy-in. To build (or enhance) the organizational project management system, we follow our own proprietary approach, The SUKAD Seven Elements of Project Management Maturity™ (The 7Es™). Our 7Es™ approach is quite comprehensive and is suitable for small, medium, and large organizations. Our model includes the various organizational factors to build a sound system aligned to global standards from various sources and not limited to one standard that might be limited in scope.
Please refer to the SUKAD Way™ website to learn more about our methodology and maturity model.