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Finding your PMO mojo following lockdown webinar

During the APM PMO SIG webinar held on Tuesday 18 August 2020; Finding your PMO mojo following lockdown, we explored the realities that PMO teams are facing right now and what steps we can take to make our PMO strong for the future of our organisations.

First, we looked at some real-world statistics about the way we work, notably the way that virtual working has impacted out day to day.
According to research by, 74% of people would consider a change to a more flexible approach to working, as most cite that their mental wellbeing and work-life balance has greatly improved since working virtually took hold in 2020.

A productivity shift has also been noted by organisations who told that the amount of time team members spend talking about non-work topics has reduced from 66 to just 9 minutes a day. 
Although this sounds very positive for both teams and organisations, the new virtual working trend also brings with it some very real challenges for PMO teams:

  • Structure for delivering governance and assurance is having to change
  • Connectivity is a benefit and a risk to our human interactions
  • Flexibility makes it difficult for some to adapt to a new routine
  • Technology is varied and used in different ways
  • Learning has increased which is creating ‘experts’ without experience
  • Job Security for PMOs is at the forefront of current challenges as organisations morph into the new world

According to our webinar attendees their challenges are largely around: 

So, what can we do about these challenges?

There are several steps that PMO teams can take now to take a view on how they can adapt to support their future organisations better:

  • Accounting: understand the landscape of your PMO, what projects and programmes are still going, on hold, or coming up
  • This is a great time for reviewing lessons we have learned from the pandemic and from projects we have delivered recently, what could we do differently?
  • Re-define your PMO objectives based on what is important right now for the organisation (and what is likely to be important in the future)
  • Refine your roadmap based on what you know now, how does it need to adapt?
  • Continue or set up a community of practice as now is the time when people need people

Next during the webinar, we reviewed the 12 steps for looking at your PMO critically and re-designing your services to support the future of your organisation. Each short video is available at and during lockdown has provided PMOs with a clear path to getting started.

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