It’s funny how this process of building a PMO works. Sometimes it’s incredibly scattered and other times it’s completely focused! Although I hate it, I’m realizing that the scattered part is the creative process at work. And that creative process is great, as long as it is shaped in to a result. Take, for example, the last two weeks…I have gone from brainstorming session to brainstorming session about great PMO ideas – but not really knowing which way to direct the PMO. But April keeps bringing me back to focusing on the basics by starting with a mission, then vision and finally deliverables to provide the framework of the creative process.
By starting with the basics, and taking it step-by-step, I now can see how the PMO will evolve. What’s our mission? For starters, I had to look at the real definition of what a mission is – as opposed to my definition of a dry, useless statement – to give us the marching orders. We have one that speaks to us and rallies the team.
Next, what’s our vision – what are we going to put in place to deliver our mission. Again, April has helped me immensely to stay on task and as a result my team as stayed on task building this vision. Next up, further define the vision and from there what deliverables will be produced as a part of this. Add detail on key stakeholders and risks and we are well on our way to a project charter!
More to come…