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Have We Reached Peak PMO?

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

The average lifespan of a PMO from inception to demise is approximately two years. That raises numerous questions regarding the purpose and relevance of PMOs. Those questions, however, can probably summed up with one general one: Have we reached peak PMO?

A Hierarchy of PMOs?

by Andy Jordan

Is the new trend to create Enterprise Project Management Offices resulting in too much separation between decision making and execution--and if so, what can be done about that? How do we maintain and strengthen relationships between an EPMO and the PMs that it relies on to succeed?

Ensuring PMO Success

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

Despite their high failure rate, PMOs have the potential to deliver numerous benefits to the enterprise. Unfortunately, many PMOs fail. So what can executive leadership do to ensure success?

5 Steps Toward PMO Success

by Kevin Kern

Ideally, it’s a centralized hub for organizing processes, managing special projects and facilitating the free flow of information across your enterprise. The ultimate Project Management Office is a model of defined and aligned processes, with results tracking and transparency to match. Try these tips for project management success.

Don't Forget the Schedule Process!

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Having a schedule process is sometimes more important than having a schedule. A schedule without a process to keep it up will turn into just a wistful dream about how one person thinks the project should go. Here are some points to ponder.

PMO Business Planning

by Andy Jordan

It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to planning for the next year. What should PMOs focus on when building their business plan? Let’s explore this in terms of the process that a PMO leader should go through in building the business plan rather than identifying specific goals and objectives that might not apply to an individual scenario.

Determining the Appropriate Level of Formal Documentation with Project Sizing

by Mike Tressler, MBA, PMP

Do you ever wonder how far to go with formal documentation on a given project? PMBOK gives us an extensive set for project management standards from which to draw, but we don’t always choose to apply the full extent of these standards to every project--nor would it be appropriate to do so. Meet Project Sizing...

Embracing the EPMO

by Andy Jordan

The next generation of IT leaders are being faced with suggestions that their organizations implement an Enterprise PMO--bringing all project execution functions under one umbrella. It's a nightmare for many a CIO, but Enterprise is a good thing--not a loss of control.

The PMO Decision: Should You?

by Mike Donoghue

Assuming you don’t have a PMO, do you think you have what it takes to create one? There are many reasons to think that having a project management office is a great idea, but you should put a little soul searching into the effort to really determine if you're ready for it.

The Right Way to Use Historical Data

by Andy Jordan

The PMO needs to ensure that the information contained in that database of historical information is organized in a way that not just the data can be retrieved, but also that the context of that data can be understood. If we don’t, then not only may the information not help PMs, it could lead them to significant errors in their planning.

A How-to Guide for PMO Implementations

by Matthew J. Ferguson, PMP, CSM

As organizations look to improve their performance, they often consider establishing a Project Management Office. The idea of creating a PMO is one thing; the actual implementation of it is entirely another. Taking a step-by-step approach and following some critical guidelines will help ensure your PMO’s chances for success.

Controlling the Emergency Project

by Andy Jordan

When things go crazy, how do you ensure that process doesn’t suffer? PMOs will benefit from having a “process-lite” concept that could be used in emergencies--and more importantly, a framework for determining when the approach could be used.

Implementing a PMO: Does it Have to be So Hard?

by Bill Dow, PMP

Starting a PMO is a daunting position for any PM to be in. If you are in a jam and need to get going, here are nine steps one author recommends you follow to get started.

Big Data: Is it a Big Deal for PMOs?

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

Big Data has become a hot topic these days. In fact, some are calling it “sexy”. So what does this all mean? Even more importantly, will this emerging trend have an impact on the PMO and its role in the organization?

A Marketing Lesson for the Enterprise PMO

by Michelle Stronach

Operating at the executive level creates a conundrum of perception and political challenges for the Enterprise Project Management Office over and above those faced by departmental PMOs. Looking to establish an EPMO? Why not take a few notes from marketing on how to position your unit in the organization for sustainable success?

Save the PMO!

by Jiju (Jay) Nair, PMP

Do C-level executives make arbitrary decisions to kill PMOs? Alarming as this idea may seem, many organizations nowadays are building up a track record in terminating the services of their PMOs right after kicking the tires.

The Value-Adding PMO: Myth, Mystery or Might-Just-Be-Possible?

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

If we assume that most people want to do meaningful work--and that these people also find their ways into PMO roles--value should theoretically come out the other side. That this does not occur suggests there is something wrong about how we are defining what PMOs should do, the functions that they should perform or the manner in which those functions are being delivered.

PMO Repository: The Critical Ingredient

by Joe Wynne

Guidance provided by the PMO must be accessible and relevant. To really make your repository come alive, integrate social media. These critical steps will help with an upgrade or with establishing your first repository.

The Cure for the PMO Headache

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

PMOs can add significant value to an organization and be vital to the overall success of enterprise initiatives. But bloated processes and burdensome administrative overhead often lead to a fatigued delivery model. MIDOL to the rescue!

Is Your PMO Set Up for Success?

by Rob Saxon

The tasks the project management office are faced with can be daunting, so it may be helpful to keep a few basic tenets in mind. To set up your PMO for success, your best bet is to play it S.A.F.E., and play to win.

Defining a PMO

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

In order to successfully implement and manage a project management office, one must first define what the office is. Sounds simple, right?

What Was it Like Before the PMO?

by Matt Patee

To fully appreciate the value of the Project Management Office, you need to look at how projects were run before the PMO.

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