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Today’s R&D organizations are highly matrixed. A PMO in a typical product team must work with several peers in engineering, QA, product management, usability, marketing and several other functions, neither of who report into her. She must align all these functions to the product roadmap and to the larger overall goals and objectives of her product group.
As the product organizations grow, there is an inevitable need for Strategic PMO to integrate back various functionally independent product groups on common systemic issues and create an interlock to reinforce each of the components. Strategic PMOs in this role have an added level of complexity working with vertical PMOs who don’t have same level of priority for the strategic horizontal initiatives. Often, their goals are at crossroads.
In this paper, we discuss a framework to create a strategic alignment of organization-level strategic PMO goals (“Horizontal Strategic Programs”) and product group-level operational PMO goals (“Vertical Programs”) into seamless team efforts. Finally, we present a case study on strategic horizontal programs at Yahoo! R&D India