Project Management

6 Reasons to Join a PMO

Dr. Andrew Makar is an IT program manager and is the author of the Microsoft Project Made Easy series. For more project management advice, visit the website

An assignment in a PMO can offer project managers experience in program-level risk and change management, expand their awareness of business issues and develop leadership skills. It can also offer the opportunity to become part of the solution to project management processes in need of fixing.

This is the fifth article in an ongoing series about PMO best practices.
In a project manager’s career path, determining whether an assignment in a project management office is the right choice can be a difficult decision. Associate project managers often start in a PMO to gain exposure to project management. Seasoned project managers join a PMO to provide direction and help raise the level of project management maturity in the organization. Other project managers avoid PMO assignments entirely. The decision to join a PMO depends on a variety of pros and cons. Here are six good reasons to accept a PMO assignment or pursue an opportunity to join one.
1. Improve program management skills
A PMO assignment will provide a project manager with visibility to multiple projects that require program-level issue, risk, change and integration management. The challenges experienced at the PMO level are different than the challenges at the project management level. Joining a PMO will help the project manager become a better program manager through the …

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