The Mighty Five Ways PMOs Can Drive Sustainable Competitive Advantage : #3 - Business Strategy Execution

Project leadership can drive long-term impact in a company’s level of competitiveness along two axes.

PMO

We discussed the first 2 weeks ago : as a change agent for corporate evolution and transformation. The second axis deals with ensuring workforce competitiveness. This includes building core competencies in talent management and skills and capacity forecasting. Last week, we discussed Institutional Learning.This week, we will discuss how PMOs can drive Strategy Execution.

Business Strategy Execution

Most PMOs are adept at bottom-up strategy alignment.

Strategy alignment answers the question “with what strategies does this project align?” It assumes the existence of a project idea or in-flight project. If practiced properly, it is a useful approach in the project selection or on-going justification process and as a practice for providing a bottom-up line of sight between project activity and corporate strategic priorities. While necessary, bottom-up strategy alignment does nothing to proactively drive long-term competitive advantage because alignment is reactionary to strategy. To proactively drive strategy, you need a process for strategy execution.

Strategy execution answers the question “what projects need to be executed to implement this strategy?" This top-down, outside-in approach to driving project ideation and activity is critical to making long-term strategies like business transformation a reality. There is another even more sophisticated role PPM leadership can provide to support long-term strategy which can be referred to as strategy formulation.

Strategy formulation is a prescriptive decision-support function that answers the question: “what strategies should be pursued given what is known about things like longer-term resource capacity, execution and portfolio risks, and program inter-dependencies, etc. (i.e. leveraging the institutional knowledge base discussed above)?” Thus, business-driven PMOs have the potential to gain a seat at the business strategy development table, attain trusted advisor status, and influence long-term corporate strategy and competitiveness with its unique knowledge of an initiative’s chances to succeed from execution standpoint and the various risks that need to be addressed.

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Valerie Zeller

Valerie is Sciforma Chief Marketing Officer and likes to research and share how a Project and Portfolio Management Solution can help you achieve your business goals. Main interests: digital transformation, change management, strategy execution. Send your thoughts @valeriezeller