What is a PMO consultancy?
A consultancy is a business practice that provides expert advice to others. A PMO consultancy provides expert advice to organizations on setting up, running, troubleshooting, or closing Project Management Offices.
There are many reasons why a company may hire a PMO consultancy. They may feel they lack PMO expertise. They may need support and advice during a major transition, such as the adoption of agile practices or a PPM tool migration. They may simply want PMO advice from an impartial, third party.
The approach the PMO consultancy takes will depend on the engagement and the challenges that the organization faces, but they will typically include one or more of the following:
- Review of current state running and a business needs assessment
- An assessment of strengths and weakness of PMO Processes and capabilities
- Making recommendations for improvement or organizational change
- Providing support for the introduction of new processes, tools, or frameworks
- Providing mentoring, coaching, and training to support people within the project delivery teams
- Providing facilitation services to support objective setting and planning
- Offer support and expert advice during transformation and periods of change
PMO consultancy vs. Project Management consultancy
While Project Management consultants are experts in project management, PMO consultants usually adopt a broader perspective. A PMO consultant will not only focus on project management frameworks but will also be able to advise on some or all of the following areas:
- PPM tooling
- Portfolio prioritization
- Strategic planning
- Alignment of corporate and project/programme governance
- Alignment of finance and project processes
- Alignment of HR and project processes
PMO Consultant vs. PMO Contractor
There is a key difference between a PMO consultant and a PMO contractor. A consultant’s job is to consult. They may offer advice or support but are not in charge of execution or responsible for project success.
The role of the PMO consultant is to enable the business and help give your employees the right tools to do these things on their own.
By comparison, PMO contractors are typically hired to fill an internal role, such as a PMO Analyst or PMO Manager.
The advantages of working with a PMO Consultancy
Understandably, many organizations wrestle with the decision of whether to hire a consultant. Incumbent managers may feel that bringing in external expertise would expose inadequacies in their running of the delivery organization. This kind of thinking is often unfounded and can hold organizations back from maximizing their full potential. Here are five reasons why bringing in a PMO consultant can take your delivery capability to the next level:
An Independent Objective Outsider's Perspective
Accomplishing Short-Term Goals
Bringing New Skills
Company leaders can learn from consultants
Consultants deliver results
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