By Richard Hudson, Senior Director of Client Services, Evans Incorporated and Jim Wright, Director of Business Development, Evans Incorporated
Program Management Optimization (PMO) is an essential ingredient in ensuring an organization achieves – even exceeds – the potential from its strategic programs, while also controlling costs, increasing overall efficiency, and ensuring overall success. When fully optimized, an organization’s programs should resemble a ‘well-oiled machine.’
In recent years, Program Management has been recognized for the unique discipline it is, along with the particular skill sets it requires. A recent mandate by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) also now requires certain standards of Program Management be put in place and followed in government programs as a result of the recognition and appreciation of the significant benefits it delivers.
Here at Evans Incorporated, we put our own spin on our approach to Program Management Optimization. We start with a Program Management Assessment Tool (PMAT) to set a maturity baseline for an organization’s program(s) and prioritize key initiatives. Then, we proceed with the following to ensure a successful approach is in place from the get-go:
- Ensure the organization has clear expectations on the role of their PMO and then training and equipping your project and program managers to be effective;
- Understand an organization’s current maturity level and develop targeted action plans to address gaps in realizing desired maturity; and
- Monitor progress towards achieving the PMO vision and updating your implementation plan based on a robust assessment of your alignment with stated requirements.