It is very clear organizations in almost all industry sectors believe that agile, and in particular the Scrum framework, offers great promise in executing their toughest projects.

Yet, as Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber write in their Scrum Guide, “Scrum is simple to understand yet difficult to master.” And, VersionOne’s 10th Annual State of Agile™ report gives us an indication of how difficult it can be.

ACCORDING TO VERSION ONE, THE TOP FIVE BARRIERS TO AGILE ADOPTION ARE:

  • Company culture is inconsistent with agile values
  • Lack of agile experience
  • Lack of management support
  • Lack of cultural transition support
  • Inconsistent agile practices and process

Organizations, perhaps yours, who are faced with these challenges, aren’t getting the “bang for the buck” they hoped for or expected from agile; and that’s where the opportunity lies for PMOs.

Look at it this way, if you’re PMO Head or work in a PMO whose organization is in the throes of implementing agile but is struggling, this is a situation that has OPPORTUNITY written all over it.

The question is, how do you “cash in on it?” Or more eruditely phrased, “How can you use this predicament to show your PMO’s value, and fast?

We went in search of that answer.


About the Author:


J. LeRoy Ward

J. LeRoy Ward (PMP, PGMP, PFMP, CSM, CSPO) is Executive Vice President of Enterprise Solutions at the International Institute for Learning (IIL). He is a highly respected consultant and adviser to Global Fortune 500 Corporations and government agencies in the areas of project, program, and portfolio management. With more than 38 years of government and private sector experience, LeRoy specializes in working with senior executives to understand their role in project and program sponsorship, governance, portfolio management and the strategic execution of projects and programs.