Surviving in the Bimodal PMO
A Primer to Managing Bimodal IT Programs and Projects
Gartner defines Bimodal IT as
Bimodal is the practice of managing two separate but coherent styles of work: one focused on predictability; the other on exploration.
Within the context of a PMO we are then expecting to have two separate delivery models within the same organization and quite possibly within the same Program:
Mode I: Projects that follow a traditional Waterfall delivery method. These investments focus on defining requirements up front and then working through the requirements, testing, and delivery of all work based on a scheduled finish date.
Mode II: Projects that follow an Agile delivery method which focuses on defining features and release planning of increments and a definition of “Done”.
A Practical Example
Where does the PMO fit into all of this?
Today’s PMO must be able to take the inputs from the teams and present relevant business metrics to the Program Sponsor. Aggregating and making sense of the outputs from Mode I and Mode II and displaying that information in a meaningful business manner is key to the success of the Modern PMO.