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What new benefits an organisation can yield by introducing an official PMO role?

Many of the organisations don't have PMO role. Their project/program managers reports to people manager who lacks in project management skills. This is difficult situation for project manager to groom as clear path and role models are not available to encourage them. I intend to find out all benefits of having a PMO in organisation.
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1) Better accountability when there is a PMO in place.
2) Better reporting on projects.
3) Prioritization of projects.
4) Awareness of the value of Project Management.

I can go on and on.

1. Resource leveling between projects
2. Project Prioritization
3. Earned Value and Trend Analysis
4. Accountability

1. Accountability
2. Sharing of best practices
3. Standardise Organisation wide templates
4. Prioritization among projects
5. Optimal use of resources

PMO's are better equipped to align corporate strategy with project value, support project managers and projects with resources, templates, templates, etc, keep projects and project managers "in line" so there is a level of consistency and so on.

I agree with Sante and Rajesh. PMO not only gives guidance & direction to projects but also facilitate organisations to implement their strategic objectives.


None except the PMO is introduced as a new physical business unit after making strategical analysis. To add some information this is an activity that belongs to business analysis and you can find it inside the standards. PMO or any other type of buisness unit has sense just in case the organization decided to define project/program/portolio management process as components of its strategy and then decide to put them into a new physical unit.

1. Strategy and Organizational Goals: Aligning with organizational strategies and planning project/program to achieve the outcome(product or service) of the strategy/objectives through right methodologies/technologies and resources.
2. Guidelines and Processes: Setting guidelines, processes, standardised checklists and templates for projects starting from initiation until steady state/support.
3. Commercials: Budget Forecast, centralized monitoring and control of project/program cost, cost optimization.
4. Tools and Techniques: Enabling Project Managers with needed tools and techniques.
5. Knowledge-base: Share the knowledge, best practices, leanings, trainings, case studies etc in in PM Community enabling thrust for continual improvements.

hey good discussion ....

I find this statement kind of harsh: "Their project/program managers reports to people manager who lacks in project management skills." And possibly moot because I think most experienced PMs on this forum could succeed in this environment


PMO can benefit an organization immensely because ultimately you need PMs/PgMs/SMs to be able to deliver your projects optimally.
1) Align strategic business goals with delivery - Collaborating with business/product owners for getting that roadmap which lays the path for the team.
2) Ensuring that we have best practices (Agile, Kanban, waterfall etc.) to suit the business that you are in.
3) When projects are not prioritized properly, everything fails or you are just playing catch up all the time - This is something you only notice when it isn't there! Team and company morale goes down!
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