Project Management Office (PMO) Services
A PMO is a centralised, co-ordinating body within an organisation (or project) that provides a focal point for the field of project management. It can identify and address project management issues to support and facilitate the achievement of organisational project outcomes.
The kinds of functions undertaken by the PMO can vary widely. It will depend largely on the organisations’: size, project success, maturity, project experience, level of available skill, exposure and the level of executive support for project management generally.
In some ways, what the PMO does depends on how innovative the organisation wants to be. Some of the functions a PMO might typically manage include:
- Review and approve project requests and allocate funding
- Develop standard project processes, tools and templates
- Establish and contextualise best practice methodology
- Develop common expectations and language
- Allocate project staff and manage all projects centrally
- Provide training, certification and coaching to build core project management skills
- Track the status and achievements of all the organisation’s projects
- Advocate for project management and provide education within the organisation
- Manage project prioritisation and governance
If they have a PMO, there are often concerns that the PMO is not actually functioning as well as it is might and may not know what it takes to increase its potential as a business asset. Common signs that an existing PMO may not be delivering the expected Return On Investment (ROI) include:
- Being surprised by projects that seem to be suddenly in trouble.
- Project management practices are not spreading throughout the organization as expected.
- The PMO has not proven to be the training ground it was expected to be for up and coming project managers and leaders.
Years in the field have revealed one critical theme common across all implementations; success lies in the ability of the PMO to align itself correctly with the organization. While this may sound obvious, it is not uncommon for misalignment’s to occur, whether subtle or more overt. We have found that the most successful and valued PMO’s are the ones that continually realign themselves; sometimes adjusting their roles slightly as inevitable organizational changes occur.
Please contact us at (60)82-459770 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org If you’re interested in setting up a PMO or have an existing PMO that needs help realigning