PMI Atlanta Chapter

PMI Atlanta Chapter - “Turning Your PMO Into a Lean Portfolio Management Organization”: September Governance Forum Summary

Written by: Paulette Hamilton


On September 23, 2020, the PMI Atlanta Governance Forum hosted speaker Jean Dahl, Practice Director at Deloitte Consulting. Ms. Dahl delivered an informative presentation on the current challenges faced by businesses when transforming their organization from “doing” agile to embracing an agile mindset and philosophy. She shared a multimodal delivery approach that allows the flexibility to implement projects using either traditional, agile, lean or hybrid methodology. She also discussed the benefits of the multimodal approach in comparison to other approaches currently being used.
In her role as Practice Director, Ms. Dahl has noticed executive management concern around measuring the effectiveness of their organization across different delivery methods. She discussed key metrics at each level of the organization, and pointed out the lag in tools that have the ability to align costs across delivery platforms. The Multimodal model dictates aligning the PMO with Enterprise Portfolio Management Office at the strategic level and the Lean Portfolio Management at the tactical level.

Ms. Dahl closed the discussion with a summary of crucial questions that organizations should ask when transforming their legacy PMO to a lean portfolio management organization. There was great audience participation and Ms. Dahl interactively answered questions throughout.


• Organizations are often too focused on “doing” agile and should shift attention to embracing and agile mindset and philosophy.
• The Multimodal Operating Model represents a “fit-for-purpose” approach that allows various work types to coexist.

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