Project Management

Conducting a PMO Health Check (Part 6)

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

To help you in performing a PMO health check, the approach in Part 1 of this series has been laid out in a worksheet (partially seen below). It can be used “as is” or tailored to your liking.

To further assist in the health check process, this series continues with an examination of the rationale as to why each statement within each dimension is deemed to represent a healthy practice:

  • In Part 2, we looked at the statements in Section 1 of the PMO Health Check Worksheet: Project Portfolio Management
  • Part 3 looked at the Project Planning section
  • Part 4 explored the Project Execution & Oversight segment
  • Part 5 examined the Post-Project Deployment Performance Monitoring and Incentives Management segment

We now continue with the Project Standards Governance section of the PMO Health Check Worksheet:. 

PMO Health Check: Project Standards Governance

1. PMO's standards and practices are scalable and always calibrated based on what outcomes will best benefit the organization.

As covered in the Project Planning section, the savvy PMO never subscribes to a one-size-fits-all approach to the standards and practices they deploy and use to monitor compliance against. A scalable and adaptable framework provides the flexibility and judgment needed to ensure that the effort and investment needed to achieve a project’s objectives/…

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