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Project Management Office (PMO)

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The Project Management Office (PMO) is the department or group that defines and maintains the standards and processes related to project management within an organisation.

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PMOs Makeover From a Cost Centre to a Profit Centre

Tips for transforming your PMO from a cost centre into a profit centre during hard economic times.

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E2E Project Managers Are the Key to Ensuring the Delivery of Strategic Projects

Executives quickly realise existing project managers from line functions, are limited in their ability and knowledge to deliver end-to-end initiatives. At this juncture, various models are discussed and debated.

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Management Consultants and PMO Failures

A look at three distinct areas where management consultants have played an instrumental role in creating PMOs with major structural defects.

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Key Performance Indicators for the PMO: Metrics for Success

Five important KPIs by which a PMO might measure its productivity in the context of overall company success.

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Tangoing Your Way Through the Executive/PMO Relationship

This article focuses on the co-dependent relationship between executives and PMOs, told through a case study by Michael O'Brochta a former CIA employee.

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Unlocking PMO Profitability

The potential benefits of a project management office (PMO) are numerous and well-documented. However, many of the benefits never materialise. Why?

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Cheetah Your PMO!

Check on your PMO throughout its creation, as well as when it's done, to ensure it's the kind of PMO your organisation can effectively utilise.

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Can You Describe the Perfect PMO Meeting?

How to run the perfect PMO meeting in just one hour a week. This case study describes the weekly meeting of a mid-sized software development company.

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Is an Agile PMO Possible?

The agile PMO can bridge the gap between PMBOK process flows and CMM best practices and help organisations to carry out projects more successfully.

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There's a Reason IT PMOs Fail

Only a third of IT PMOs will ever work and the rest of them won't. So what does it take to set-up a successful IT PMO?

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Building a Project Management Office

An effective solution, created to establish a more centralised management structure for large groups of projects, is the Project Management Office (PMO).

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How to Avoid Being Seen as 'Project Management Overhead'

PMOs today have a choice, they either justify their existence by highlighting their achievements and true value, or fall by the wayside when cuts are made.

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Key Steps to Implement a Project Management Office

Launching a PMO is just like any other organisational change project and should be approached as such, using the 5 key steps outlined in this article.

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The Successful Project Management Office

The varieties of Project Management Office (PMO) models seem endless and there is no guarantee of success with any of them. So what makes a PMO successful?

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The Phased Approach to Project Management Implementation

If you are thinking about using a project management consulting company to assist your organisation with implementing a PMO, there are a couple of important factors that you should consider when choosing the right firm.

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The 3 Different Types of Project Management Offices

There are 3 basic types of Project Management Office (PMO) organisations, varying in the degree of control and influence they have on projects within an organisation.

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Using a PMO to Achieve Results in Your Agency

Project Management Offices are an untapped tool that government agencies need, to improve quality and produce better and more efficient results.

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Why PMOs Fail?

Most organisations of size have a Project Management Office (PMO). Where should they focus their efforts for the best project results?

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Adobe icon Avoiding the Project Management Obstacle Course

Let's get straight to the point, project management by form filling is not an effective way of managing projects. Don't become a slave to a methodology.

The unique objective of the PMO is to provide a group dedicated to supporting and integrating operational solutions across organisational boundaries. - Planview's 2008 PMO 2.0 Survey Report

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