Project Management

The PMO as Enablers

Kenneth has 14 years of healthcare experience in government and private industry. Over eight years of experience managing healthcare IT projects, operations, contracts, and personnel. His work experience includes project management, contracts and procurements, data analysis, claims adjudication, business writing, and business process modeling. Kenneth was certified in 2006 as a Project Management Professional.

The list of functions a Project Management Office fulfills can be almost endless, and it changes depending upon the organization--and sometimes depending upon the day of the week. Describing the overall role of the office can be difficult, but in general--and across multiple organizations--it seems that the PMO works best as enablers.

While that word may be negative in certain contexts, in the organization that the PMO is supporting, the word “enable” should be a positive one. The PMO should be working to enable others to do their jobs and do them well. Here are the top five ways the PMO can work as positive enablers in the organization.

Facilitate Well
While it may not seem very important in the middle of a large project involving implementing a new computer system or transforming the nature of your business, facilitating meetings is something that almost every organization needs to do better. Everyone comes to meetings with certain expectations, and generally their expectations have to do with they need right at that moment--not necessarily what is best for the entire project. The meetings that are held during a project should be facilitated by someone who has the entire view of the project in mind and someone who can deal with the various pulls of different areas within the organization.

The Project Management Office is uniquely situated to be …


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