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PMO (Project Management Office) Meaning

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A simple guide to answering the question of "PMO Meaning".

This explains what is meant by the term PMO (project management office) and the different variants of PMO.

Topics covered

- What is a PMO
- Determining if it is a PMO
- Types of PMO
- PMO purpose
- PMO meaning

Reference to useful additional resources.

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PMO (Project Management Office) Meaning

  1. 1. PMO Meaning Author: PM Majik Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com
  2. 2. Contents 1.0 Purpose of this presentation 2.0 What is a PMO? 3.1 Is it a PMO? 3.2 PSO 3.3 PMO 3.4 PgMO 3.5 PPMO 3.6 EPMO 4.0 What is the PMO’s purpose? 5.0 Summary PMO meaning 6.0 PMO resources Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com
  3. 3. 1.0 Purpose of this presentation The purpose of this presentation is to answer the question, what is meant by the term PMO (Project Management Office). As part of this it covers the different types of PMO such as PMO, PSO, EPMO, etc. Having this understanding will help you not to be confused when people use different terms to describe a PMO. You will have confidence that you know what they mean. Remember these are general guidelines. You should use them to help tailor a project change control process that meets the need of your organisation. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com
  4. 4. 2.0 What is a PMO? Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com There are many answers to this question and it is not a simple case of saying what is right. The Project Management Institute (PMI) provide the following definition in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (2003) PMI. “An organizational body or entity assigned various responsibilities related to the centralized and coordinated management of those projects under it’s domain. The responsibilities of the PMO can range from providing project management support functions to actually being responsible for the direct management of a project” Wikipedia lists the following as the definition: “A Project Management Office (PMO) is a group or department within a business, agency or enterprise that defines and maintains standards for project management within the organization. The PMO strives to standardize and introduce economies of repetition in the execution of projects. The PMO is the source of documentation, guidance and metrics on the practice of project management and execution.” The reason for different definitions is that PMO’s have different objectives. Therefore, the description will change based on the purpose being served. I like to use the terms Administrative / Reporting, Hybrid and Managerial / Proactive to describe the different levels of maturity. Again, do not be confused these are simply labels to help describe the type of service being provided. Additional Resource https://www.pmmajik.com/project-management-office-pmo/
  5. 5. 3.1 Is it a PMO? Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com Many organisations will use different acronyms to describe departments, processes, etc. This can be confusing when you do not have the knowledge. It is for this reason I wrote a simple guide on the different acronyms that are used to describe a PMO Additional Resource https://www.pmmajik.com/different-names-project-management-office/
  6. 6. 3.2 Is it a PMO? Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com Additional Resource https://www.pmmajik.com/different-names-project-management-office/
  7. 7. 3.3 Is it a PMO? Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com Additional Resource https://www.pmmajik.com/different-names-project-management-office/
  8. 8. 3.4 Is it a PMO? Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com Additional Resource https://www.pmmajik.com/different-names-project-management-office/
  9. 9. 3.5 Is it a PMO? Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com Additional Resource https://www.pmmajik.com/different-names-project-management-office/
  10. 10. 3.6 Is it a PMO? Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com Additional Resource https://www.pmmajik.com/different-names-project-management-office/
  11. 11. 4.0 What is the PMO’s purpose? Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com Another good question. We all like to know and understand purpose. After all, if there is no purpose, what is the need? I personally work much better when I understand what is my role, the reason for what I am doing in a job. It allows me to value and connect with the work. This in turns means I become invested in the outcome. For a PMO’s purpose, the answer may be: The PMO supports the implementation of the organisations strategic objectives by providing a full set of professional PMO services. Working in partnership with project teams, stakeholders and sponsors to attain successful outcomes. Additional Resource https://www.pmmajik.com/pmo-vision/
  12. 12. 5.0 Summary PMO meaning Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com In this article I hope that this has helped gain an understanding that: •What is a PMO – an organised function to aid project delivery •Different names of a PMO – not to be confused by different acronyms •Purpose of a PMO – why it exists All of these together contributes to the PMO meaning. If I was to right a statement on PMO meaning, I would use the following: “The PMO is a function that is given the responsibility to deliver the projects within it’s scope to a single defined set of standards so as to provide management with a greater visibility of project performance and to increase the probability of success through standardisation and good practice.” I hope that this has helped fill any gaps for those who are new to the PMO space so that you are equiped to acquire more knowledge. A good next step is to download a copy of my free guide, 7 Steps to Set-up a PMO. If you do decide to sign-up for my email updates, after the initial emails I will send you a special bonus, free access to my bonus PMO Set-up Mini Course.. Additional Resource http://www.pmmajik.com/set-pmo/
  13. 13. 6.0 PMO resources If you want more information, visit www.pmmajik.com where you will find lots of project and PMO resources including the FREE guide, 7 Steps to Set-Up a PMO. Visit http://www.pmmajik.com/set-pmo/ PM Majik Website On the PM Majik website you will find over 200 articles that contain practical and pragmatic tips and insights for designing, mobilising and managing a PMO. New articles are added weekly. Topic requests are encouraged from the community. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com

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