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It may not always be apparent but the goals
of the Project Management Office (PMO) and agile teams are well aligned. Both
groups want to get to the same destination: namely successful projects and
happy stakeholders. However, things often come adrift as soon as the best
direction to travel in to get there is discussed. The PMO might expect lots of
planning and some documentation to confirm everyone understands the approach. An agile project team might want to build some
proof-of-concept models to test feasibility and get confirmation of
understanding. So, very quickly the two groups can disengage and have
difficulty generating alignment again.
This is one reason agile teams don’t always
see the Project Management Office (PMO) as a source of assistance. All too