Digital transformation isn’t here now — it’s been here, and it’s not going anywhere. The first wave of digital transformation has come and gone, and many companies are entering their second (and maybe third or fourth) wave due to the pandemic.
In the spirit of thriving in the “Next Normal” and beyond, companies that want to stay competitive need to adapt to ongoing digital transformation. Part of adapting means embracing a remote/hybrid workforce and accelerating the adoption of digital tools for cross-team collaboration.
The proliferation of remote/hybrid workforces presents project management offices (PMOs) with a special challenge: how to quickly adapt to supporting distributed teams while shifting the organization's focus to newly digital projects and processes.
What do PMO teams need to do to succeed in the future of work?
The latest Wrike eBook, “The PMO’s Guide to Thriving in the Future of Work,” delivers actionable advice on how PMOs can go fast, be efficient, and meet the needs of the organization. The book also addresses areas you must improve on to soar above competition and the strategies and tools needed to achieve, and surpass, business goals.
“Work your way,” more than just a slogan
“Work your way” isn’t as selfish as it sounds — it’s a necessity for organizations to keep up given the pace of technological change. SaaS technologies have shortened project timelines, and the pace of work continues to accelerate. Teams need to be able to work their way, anywhere, using the methods that best suit their needs and the needs of the organization.
“The PMO’s Guide to Thriving in The Future of Work'' discusses the circumstances causing rapid digital acceleration. It also examines the increase in both the volume and pace that digital product work is being done, and why PMO functions that embrace a “work your way” philosophy continue to stay competitive.
Ready, set, goals! Where should you set your sights?
When setting goals, it helps to have areas in mind where you’ll focus your efforts. A few areas to consider might be:
- Strategic and operational planning: The first area you should focus on, as it ensures that you have a reliable foundation in place to organize your work.
- Collaborative execution: This requires ongoing and effective communication between teams and 24/7 transparency into project completion status. For collaborative execution to work, teams rely on each other to complete tasks and hand projects off on time.
- Efficient communication: Efficient communication is much easier in theory than many teams find in practice. It’s important to be intentional about communication and create an environment that encourages it.
Provided in “The PMO’s Guide to Thriving in The Future of Work” are some practical solutions to put into practice today.
5 common PMO pain points
As you're trying to position your portfolio to thrive in the “Next Normal,” complications tend to arise, and you may not be sure of the best way to solve them. Do any of these PMO pain points sound familiar to you?
- Connecting portfolio strategy to project execution and deliverables
- Collaborating with other teams while maintaining confidentiality
- Coordinating project intake and selection to evaluate priority
- Communicating key progress updates to leadership
- Monitoring portfolio health and pivoting when necessary
Wrike’s new Solution for PMO was inspired by best practices from thousands of Wrike users across 1 million-plus projects, processes, and activities. Download the eBook for free today to learn more about the specific Wrike features designed to address the pain points above.