Continued poor project performance in many organizations will result in more PMOs being terminated.
ESI research shows that the average life span of the PMO is about four years. That number is likely to drop if project performance continues to underwhelm executives and stakeholders. PMOs are created to improve project performance; yet, few organizations give the PMO enough resources and authority to do the job. Poor project performance has its root causes in many areas — poor training, lack of adoption of practices, unrealistic expectations, too many projects, and the like. Blaming the PMO for poor project management is an easy way out, but it doesn’t solve the problem. Nonetheless, the PMO is in the crosshairs and project sponsors, irritated by poor performance, indicate that if project performance doesn’t improve, PMO directors may be looking elsewhere for gainful employment.
ESI International, a leading project management training company, recently announced the release of its top 10 trends in project management for 2013. The 2013 trends reveal that expert leadership is lacking in all areas of project management, portfolio management and program management.
“This year’s trends bring a murky problem into specific light,” said J. LeRoy Ward, Executive Vice President, ESI International. “Leadership skills are lacking within the project community, and until project managers learn how to properly lead teams and their projects, project execution will continue to be a problem.”