A PMO is the group that
oversees and maintains the standards of Project Management (PM)
processes. The PMO is the source of documentation, guidance, and
Good PMO’s base project
management principles on accepted, industry standards. These include
PMBOK or PRINCE2. Influential industry certifications programs include
ISO9000 and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA). Some
government regulatory requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley have helped to
push organizations to more standardized processes.
A PMO is responsible for
identifying and resolving common problems across projects. They
standardize project management processes and tools, as well as, improve
project management capabilities and skills. A PMO will monitor and
report on project status and reduce the cost of projects. They will
also improve project success.
PMOs benefit departments
that have struggled to deliver projects on time and within budget. They
can improve and boost efficiency and instill much needed project
management. A PMO can help CIOs by providing the structure needed to
both standardized project management practices and facilitate project
portfolio management. They can also determine methodologies for
The next evolution of the
Project Management Office is for it to move into the corporate side of
the business. This allows the PMO to gain a strategic position within
the organization and works to ensure that projects proceed based on
their strategic alignment to the objectives of the organization. A PMO
organizationally based versus departmentally based is more likely to get
executive support. After all, project management should not be
departmental strategy; it should be an organizational strategy.
The enterprise PMO should
ensure projects’ alignment with corporate strategy and direction.
Senior executives are most concerned with how an Enterprise PMO will
positively impact the organization as a whole, each individual
department, and their customers. In some organizations, the Enterprise
PMO will oversee the management of all strategically aligned projects.
In larger organizations, the Enterprise PMO will have departmentally
based PMOs reporting directly to them.
Stanleigh,Micael. “The Strategic
Importance of the Enterprise Project Management Office. 21 Sept.
View the video of the 10/25/2007 PMI, PMO LIG Panel Discussion
on how to develop a PMO at the YouTube Link. The
audio did not work but the back-up plan did. We have the video with some
rough edges, but what-the-hey, we have something recorded.
To avoid a conflict of interest,
these video have been blocked out. Craig Stevens is on the
Nashville PMI Board of Directors as the Director of the Special Interest Groups
for 2008. If you have an interest in viewing them contact us. We are
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Part 1, Introduction to Developing a PMO Panel
Discussion by the Nashville/Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Project
Management Institute (PMI), PMO, Local Interest Group (LIG)
Part 2, Using the Drivers of Change to Developing a PMO, Panel
Discussion by the Nashville/Middle Tennessee Chapter of the PMI, PMO, Local Interest Group (LIG).