The misalignment seen by organizations isn’t surprising when we look at how PMO leaders are prioritizing their portfolio of projects. The top way PMO leaders are prioritizing projects in their portfolio is using a basic high, medium, low priority model at 39%. The next most popular way PMO leaders were prioritizing projects was executive order (30%) followed by an unofficial what needs to be done manner (21%) and lastly a sophisticated prioritization method with value-scoring (10%). With over 50% either relying on executive order or an impulsive just do what needs to get done model, it’s no surprise organizations aren’t seeing the alignment to business priorities.
In 2021, we saw organizations utilizing much more sophisticated or robust priority models which correlated to the 23% saying they were very well aligned to business priorities. This is a good reminder that PMO success starts at the beginning with prioritizing the right projects at the right time utilizing the right and available resources to deliver the desired business outcomes.