PMO for Emerging Technologies

Kevin Coleman is a highly skilled senior level project and program manager/advisor with experience leading projects with labor budgets ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to multi-million dollar budgets across multiple industries.

Emerging technologies play a critical role in an organization’s ability to compete domestically and globally. Many believe that today, that role is more important than ever before. With all the major changes taking place in our industry, the rapid adoption of emerging technologies is essential when addressing the major challenges the business world faces.

While investigating this topic, an interesting discovery was made: there were multiple job postings for PMO leads for emerging technologies. In addition, there were additional postings for the lead of technology PMOs—and when you looked at the details, most of them specifically called out emerging technologies.

Perhaps the most shocking discovery was that these positions were for vacancies within the government and private sector. The top 10 emerging technologies I selected and modeled have a projected market value of between 15 to 40 trillion globally by 2020. So you can see where the demand for the specific role of emerging technology PMO is coming from.

There are many emerging technologies that will generate a number of programs and projects in the next few years. Three of the top emerging technologies that are likely to find their way into many projects—and thus impact PMOs—are robotics, blockchain and artificial intelligence. (It is important that you recognize there are about a dozen …

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