Project Management

The Rise of the Chief Project Officer in the C-Suite, And What You Need To Do To Become One

With the significant increase in automation of operations and the increase in change initiatives and project work, a new role is emerging in the executive committee. Companies are beginning to consolidate responsibility for orchestrating and successfully implementing the organization’s continuous transformation and significant strategic initiatives within a single C-level executive. And it’s not only multinationals and for-profit organizations. 

The chief project officer goes far beyond the traditional Project Management Officer role or the direct sponsorship of individual projects. They must push their organization toward adopting a project-driven structure and foster a collaborative and empowering culture that reaches across silos. They must also collaborate with HR to develop project-management competencies throughout the organization.

The role should be fully integrated into the C-suite. Just as COOs have in the past, CPOs should behave like an extension of the CEO or even the board and, as such, hold the top managers accountable. CPOs may not be common yet in the C-Suite, but their steady emergence is a leading indicator of how companies will organize themselves to thrive in the project economy.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • The rise of the Chief Project Officer as a new C-suit executive role
  • How to grow from a project manager, PMO,PPM, agile expert into the Chief Project Officer
  • Be able to explain to participant's leaders and executives why their organization needs a Chief Project Officer

 

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