Will the project manager and PMO disappear in the agile world

I will focus on a possible transition of organizations who are introducing the agile way of working. Starting with a traditional project setup using permanent PMO (portfolio level) and a temporary PMO (project level). What will happen if the keep the team together as an agile team. What does that mean for the project manager. I will continue my story by adding an agile team. Coordination between the teams can be managed by a scrum of scrum. Still no need for a project organization with a project manager and a project board and no need for a temporary PMO. I add more teams and the coordination asks for a project manager. What dos this mean for a PMO? We can continue and institutionalize the coordination by using frameworks like Nexus, S@S, SAFe et cetera and has an Integration Manager, a Roadmap Manager or a Release Train Engineer and Product managers and Product Owners. I will add some new to be created teams (aks for a Project Manager to organise) et cetera. I will end with an overview and positioning of different agile frameworks and the role of the permanent PMO (focus portfolio management and Center of Excellence) in an agile world.

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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Intro
  • evolution of teams starting with a traditional setup and adding teams
  • consequences for Project Manager, PMO en Portfolio manager
  • Positioning of agile frameworks
  • depending on the time I can give some glimpses of some agile frameworks like SAFe, Nexus, LeSS

Learning Outcome

  • understand the added value of a permanent PMO in the agile world
  • insights in the consequences for temporary PMOs and PMO staff in the agile way of working
  • insights in the different agile frameworks and the positioning to each other (divided at team, program and portfolio level)

Target Audience

Executives, project, program and portfolio managers and PMO staff


basic understanding of agile

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