Project Management

Where Does the PMO Fit?

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 Project Management Office does not always have the most defined place in an organization. Many companies treat it differently and some do not even know what to do with the PMO. It may be that the PMO needs to be in a different place depending on what the business is and what kind of work they are engaged in.

Yet with all of this flux and variance, the project managers in the PMO are still expected to make a positive impact on the organizations and the projects that are being engaged. It can be helpful for the office as a whole to take a step back and determine how and where they currently fit in --and perhaps how they could fit in better in order to more positively impact the organization.

In Charge
It may not be very likely, but it does happen that the PMO is put in charge of everything concerning projects executed by the organization. This would mean that the Project Management Office directly manages the resources that work on the project, the budget for executing projects and the contracts that are written in support of the projects, among many other responsibilities. The PMO would be 100% responsible for the success or failure of the project; this might be a good thing or a bad thing depending upon your point of view.

This position might seem to be ideal for the Project Management Office, but in fact it takes a great deal of overhead and infrastructure…

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