What's Driving the Use of PMOs in Strategic Versus Transformational Change



According to APQC's best practices report, Effective Project Management Offices, best-practice project management offices (PMOs) focus on projects of high strategic importance and provide other projects with a standard framework and methodology. Furthermore, PMOs are moving beyond typical project management activities and are now providing more strategic insights and services that support enterprise-wide initiatives, such as the corporate strategy or transformational change initiatives. For the purpose of this survey, "transformational change" is defined as change projects that extend to all parts of an organization and can include business unit consolidation, new market entry, business model transformation, and company reorganization. Approximately 70 percent of the survey respondents indicated they support strategic initiatives and 55 percent support transformational change initiatives.

To better understand what contributes to the decisions to assign PMOs to strategic or transformational change initiatives, APQC conducted correlation analysis on data from its recent survey, Defining Characteristics of Next Generation PMOs. This article is a comparison of the analysis and identified characteristics of PMOs that play a statistically significant role in delivering support services for either strategic or transformational change initiatives.

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