Strategic Business Objectives & The PMO

August 15, 2022

To be successful, organizations need to have a clear understanding of their strategic objectives that support the organization's goals and make sure that all members of the organization are working together to achieve these objectives. The PMO is a critical part of an organization and its success depends on the alignment of its strategy with the business objectives. In the article, we will discuss what strategic business objectives are, and why they are important for the PMO. We will also provide examples of some common business objectives.

Strategic Business Objectives Defined

Strategic business objectives are measurable shorter-term actions that support the broader longer-term goals that an organization sets to achieve its strategic plan. They are important because they provide a roadmap for the organization to follow to reach its ultimate goals. Without strategic objectives, it would be difficult to tell if an organization was making any progress toward its goals.

Why They Are Vital for PMO Success

Strategic business objectives are very important for a PMO. They help the office know what it is trying to achieve and how to plan. Without these objectives, it is difficult to tell if a portfolio, program, or project is succeeding. Because of this, it's so important for all members of the PMO to be on the same page when it comes to understanding these business objectives.

PMO Strategy & Business Objectives

The PMO strategy must be aligned with the organization's business objectives. The business objectives should be specific and measurable so that progress can be tracked. The overall PMO strategy needs to be focused on achieving the objectives. Once the objectives to be supported have been set, all portfolios, programs, and projects must be aligned to achieve them.

If the PMO strategy is not aligned with the organization's objectives, the PMO is failing to deliver true value to the organization.

Achieving Objectives

Achieving Objectives

Achieving the objectives requires cooperation from all members of the PMO. Everyone must be committed to working towards the objectives to make sure that they are met. It is also important to keep track of progress and revise the PMO strategy as necessary. By doing this, the PMO can ensure that it is always moving closer to the organizational goals.

Defining Business Objectives

Business objectives are typically defined by the organization's executives.  However, if they are lacking clarity or missing entirely, the PMO can assist the organizational leadership in defining and clarifying them.

There are a few things to keep in mind when setting business objectives. First, they should be specific and measurable. This will make it easier to track progress and determine whether or not the objectives are being met.

Second, they should be achievable. If an objective is too ambitious, it may be difficult to attain and could lead to frustration within the organization.

Finally, objectives should be relevant to the overall business strategy. Objectives that are not aligned with the strategy are likely to be a waste of time and resources.

Business Objective Examples:

  • Increase market share
  • Enter new markets
  • Develop new products or services
  • Improve customer service
  • Reduce costs
  • Increase efficiency

In Conclusion

Business objectives are vital for the success of a PMO. They provide a roadmap for the PMO to follow and help ensure that all members of the organization are working together towards common goals. It is essential for the strategy of the PMO to be aligned with the business objectives for it to be successful. Achieving these objectives requires cooperation from all members of the PMO and regular tracking to ensure progress is being made.

Steven Souther
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