Key Responsibilities of the PMO

Brad Egeland

A project management office is an organizational entity usually tasked to centralize and coordinate the management of projects within an organization. A PMO oversees the management of projects and programs, or a combination of both. The projects supported or administered by the PMO may not be related other than by being managed together.

In many organizations, projects are grouped or are related in some manner based on the way the PMO will coordinate and manage those projects. The PMO focuses on the coordinated planning, prioritization and execution of projects and subprojects that are tied to the parent organization’s (or client’s) overall business objectives. The PMO is also responsible for staffing each project with the right personnel to give the project its best chance for success.

PMOs can operate on a continuum, from providing project management support functions in the form of training, software, standardized policies and procedures to actual direct management and responsibility for achieving the project objectives. A specific PMO can receive delegated authority to act as an integral stakeholder and a key decision-maker during the initiation stage of each project, can have the authority to make recommendations or can terminate projects to keep the business objectives consistent. In addition, the PMO can be involved in the selection, management and…

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