Project Governance: Overcoming Obstacles
One of the primary roles of the Project/Program Management Office is to provide a framework for ensuring the proper governance over projects. This goes beyond just ensuring that proper project protocols and practices are adhered to. The governance process begins with the vetting of projects; continues through their prioritization and deployment; and ends with assessing the effectiveness of each project once completed. Sounds simple enough, but there are obstacles and challenges that many PMOs need to overcome to get governance right.
One of the easier to understand models of PMO governance can be found at Diane Meiller and Associates’ website as presented below:
This model breaks down the PMO governance function into three simple layers:
- Investment & Prioritization Decisions
- Program & Project Dependencies
- Consistent, Repeatable Delivery
Most of the PMO governance functions can be covered within this framework.
Answerport.com provides an expanded list of PMO governance functions in context to the following definition:
“The Program Management Office provides a set of tools, technologies, and standards that enables the synchronization and governance of multiple related
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