Does your organization have a project management office (PMO)? A PMO can play a critical role in the success of an organization through overseeing processes, facilitating consistency and communication across the organization, and developing skills of project-based workers. Organizations can take advantage of PMO resources to build strong teams to lead project-based work. Establishing teams using PMO expertise can drive projects to completion and propel the company forward, while also maintaining consistent vision throughout various teams within a company.
Since the responsibility and function of the PMO involves managing projects, following its leadership can enable you to effectively build a team of project-based workers.
One way PMO resources can influence how you build a team is through the focus on creating a balanced team. By assessing the makeup of the team based on competencies and skill sets, project-based workers can rise to various challenges and thrive in the areas where they are most skilled. Further, a balanced team will see more success as a whole, thereby increasing the quality of projects.
When you are building a team, noting and balancing two particular types of skills are crucial to the achievement project success.
- Financial analysis
- Schedule management
- Quality management
- Risk management
- Complexity management
It is vital that teams include workers with technical skills relating to tactical aspects of the project. These team members may be more objective or analytical and can apply their skills to address the problem at hand.
Adaptive or Relational Skills:
- Emotional intelligence
- Cultural intelligence
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
- Stakeholder management
- Matrix management
- Conflict management
It is just as important to equip a team with people who understand how to work with people. Team members with relational skills often have the ability to communicate effectively and work with clients and other stakeholders to advance projects or solve problems.
Using the resources of a PMO can offer your organization expertise that can be applied by building teams that advance the company’s strategic mission. Elevating the skill set of your PMO can immediately add value to your organization.
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