Project Management

Tackling Talent and Strategy at PMI’s 2014 PMO Symposium

Tegan Jones is an editor for PM Network, PMI's monthly publication.

Even the most brilliant strategy won’t mean much unless an organization has the right project and program practitioners to execute on it. And that’s precisely where project management offices can step in to help with the daunting task of finding the talent to fuel strategic initiatives--a big takeaway from PMI’s 2014 PMO Symposium.

“Why do organizations struggle with talent management? Because people are hard,” PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley told the 600 senior-level attendees. “You have to motivate them to the vision, and that’s not easy work.”

Held in Miami Beach, the symposium offered expert insights as well as networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities. PMI also unveiled the latest installment in its Thought Leadership Series on Talent Management: Powering Strategic Initiatives in the PMO, a three-report series published in partnership with The Economist Intelligence Unit, PwC and Human Systems International.

Be a Talent Magnet
The PMI report Rally the Talent to Win: Transforming Strategy into Reality found that 72 percent of executives believe having the right talent will become increasingly important to strategy implementation in the next three years. Yet only 41 percent of organizations said they have a broadly understood and accepted approach for talent development.

To solve the talent …


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