What Is OSS Transformations?

office-336368_640Born out of the success of multisourcing, comes a new cable inventory planning concept. Rather than just outsourcing the services and capabilities that contribute to the smooth running and successful (or not) outcome of your project – have you considered outsourcing the very Project Management function itself? Think of your PMO as a world-class orchestra, in traditional oss transformation outsourcing scenarios your internal Project Management talent has played the role of conductor, waving their baton to bring in the outsourced string, brass, woodwind, and percussion sections at just the right moment, tempo and duration.

Now by outsourcing Project Management, as a service itself if you like, you outsource the role of conductor – or your conductor works with and is complemented by an outsourced conductor. It’s a natural cable oss evolution really and entirely consistent with the mindset shift towards the increased commoditisation of IT and “chunking” of both supply and demand. Beyond merely outsourcing Project Management utilities, which can sometimes leave you with a feeling that you’ve lost control over oss managed services – you buy in a service that is thoroughly transparent, congruent with your business case, values and overall culture, and matches appropriate talent with the right projects to ensure successful outcomes. It’s that cultural fit. A brilliant freelance Project Manager can do an amazing job for one organisation, get a glowing recommendation that secures them an identical project with another company, then crash in ignominy and fail to deliver oss transformations spectacularly.

The two projects might be of the same scale, same scope, require the same skills, have to be delivered within the same time frame, but they can deliver markedly different results. In many cases, it’s down to a cultural divide between the contractor and the organisation. Usually, the right Project Management as a Service provider would not have given both projects to the same manager. Outsourcing PMO is a very effective filter against the risk of poor cultural alignment!