May 22, 2018

PMO Recap: How are the Agile and DevOps Movement Impacting PMO?

PMO 5182018The IT industry is always growing and changing. As agile continues to develop, Project Management is looked at in a new light. During last Friday's Project Management Office Group meeting we had an engaging discussion on the topic, How are the Agile and DevOps Movement Impacting PMO? Thank you to Scott Smith, Delivery Director at York Solutions for leading an in-depth conversation and to our PanelistsAmy Bofenkamp, Director Business Integration at MedicaChetan Ganatra, Senior Director Information Technology at University of Minnesota, and Susan Stoffel- Nadeem, Scrum Master & Agile Coach at Xcel Energy for sharing their insights on the topic.  

We kicked off the meeting with a video giving a brief overview of Agile and DevOps and how they work togetherDevOps is a phrase used to describe the Agile relationship between an organizations development and IT operations. The ultimate goal is to improve the relationship by creating better communication and collaboration between the two departments. The idea of an Agile methodology is characterized by the division of tasks into short phases and utilize frequent reassessment and adaptation of the plan.  

Adapting an Agile and DevOps method within the PMO space is all in all a positive idea and the main benefit is having the ability to conquer issues as they arise throughout the course of a project. Being able to make necessary changes for a project can ultimately save time, money, resources and set you up for success.  

One of the questions that arose during our conversation was, how has funding for Agile and DevOps impacted the PMO space? Our panelists took a stab at it. For Medica, they haven't seen a huge effect in their budget, yet. Eventually you'll see savings in the long run. The C-Suite will always fund what they need to get the job done in the most effective way. With new tools and training there will always be additional costs. When you begin to adapt the idea of DevOps, you have to think of it as an investment.  

It goes without saying that for DevOps to be successful, the operations team and development team have to work together. There are different levels of maturity for DevOps environments and it's not a one size fit all. Continue to be patient during this time of transition as certain roles within the PMO may change. It will require flexibility, trust and willingness to get up and running, but there's no doubt that PMOs can have a positive impact on an organization and their transformation into an Agile and DevOps environment. 

What is the biggest challenge you have faced when trying to implement Agile and DevOps in the PMO space 

You can find the slides from Friday's PMO meeting here

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Posted by: Anna Wischmann

Tags:  PMO, Agile, Project Management Office, Devops, ThinkIT

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