PMO Setup for the First-Time PMO Leader (Part 1)
Everyone starts from somewhere, so it’s not totally farfetched to think about someone setting up a project management office for the first time. But to do so with no project management experience? Isn’t that unheard of? Maybe. Is that even possible? Yes!
I recently spoke at the PMI Lakeshore chapter in Toronto on the topic and had to reiterate that, while it is uncommon, it’s definitely on the cards. As a friend says, “You cannot become the PMO leader by becoming a better project manager—because it’s not the same job!”
In this two-part article, you can expect insights on:
- Part 1
- Ways you can become a PMO leader
- Skills you need for the role
- The mindset you need to apply immediately
- Part 2
- A step-by-step breakdown of setting up a PMO in 100 days (this will contain key steps and the top three checklist items for each phase of the PMO journey)
- Boosting your chances of PMO success
Ways you can become a PMO leader
What career path do you take? Is there a sure-shot way to get there? This to me is very interesting. Let’s take a look. There are two broad categories that offer ways to become a PMO leader:
The conventional way
So you could be a business analyst who becomes a project manager, then a portfolio manager and then a PMO leader. Or you could be a PMO analyst or a consultant
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