PMO’s Journey with DevOps – Part II

We can probably all agree that time flies. Two years ago I wrote a post about the PMO’s future and guess what? That future is now. Two years ago I also advised to choose the right methodology like PRINCE2, Waterfall, Scrum, Agile and Kanban, depending on the requirements of the project. Fast forward two years and we now have to add DevOps to the mix.

Now let’s say you have changed your PMO role to a more agile one. You might be thinking that this should be enough for another 10 – 20 years? Think again!

In today’s reality, organizations do not have a choice to wait or defer these disruptive innovations!

We live in a fast paced environment; change is happening much quicker compared to the past. There are new trends in the market, organizations are starting to tear down the barriers between business and IT, and projects are expected to deliver results much faster.

DASA (DevOps Agile Skills Association) labeled this as ‘Digital business transformation” or ‘digital disruption’. Here’s a helpful post about DASA’s raison d’etre. In today’s reality, organizations do not have a choice to wait or defer these disruptive innovations!

Traditionally, IT waits for a feature request, then PMO assesses and assigns resources and processes for centralized IT operations to make it happen. As you may already have heard, DevOps is a new way of delivering IT services. It helps organizations to completely rethink – or reset – their IT operations. DevOps is a philosophy similar to Agile, not a process or methodology. It is a holistic view of how to accomplish better alignment, collaboration and empathy between IT Development and IT Operations teams.


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So, what would be the next step if you are managing a PMO?

Rethink traditional project practices and capabilities and how it’s aligned with IT and the business. If business and IT want to deliver a valuable product to the market faster and cheaper, then what should the PMO do? The PMO should be able to add value to the process without slowing the business down or adding additional cost.

DevOps helps organizations to completely rethink – or reset – their IT operations.

Investing in people’s competencies; training and education on agile principles and other new methodologies and skills development will improve their capabilities. Last but not least, follow the 6 DevOps principles:

  • Customer centric action
  • Create with the end in mind
  • End to end responsibility
  • Cross-functional autonomous teams
  • Continuous improvement
  • Automate everything you can

Curious about starting to offer DevOps training courses? Here’s how you can get started.

Christine Aykac
has over 20 years of international experience managing enterprise-wide programs and projects using a variety of different traditional and Agile methodologies. She has a background in information technology, governance, risk and regulatory compliance. Christine specializes in the selection of best project management methodologies and approaches for projects to reduce risks and increase project success rate. In addition to providing customized training and workshops for her clients, she assists on how to effectively utilize technologies and their knowledge assets. Christine is a senior advisor and master instructor at ITpreneurs. She is actively involved in developing certification course material, customized programs and workshops on Project Management, Risk Management and Agile Project Management.