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What other names have you given to the PMO?
Anonymous
Where I am working, it is not allowed to say a PMO is being established because they think it will be directive and have high level of authority, so what other names have you used instead of PMO.
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Dear Anonymous
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

More important than the designation are the activities and responsibilities that the people in this structure will develop and / or have
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1 reply by Adela Santana
Dec 11, 2019 2:37 PM
Adela Santana
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Dear Luis, thank you. Functions are defined but people still don’t have them clear, that’s why I’m trying to find a name that can mean something positive for them.
We are a PMO of sorts. We have no authority over projects. We provide support. Project Management Support Office.
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1 reply by Adela Santana
Dec 12, 2019 12:40 AM
Adela Santana
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Thank you. Yes, we are more like support office.
There is a couple of threads here on this very topic.
I would agree that the term PMO has some stigmas associated with it but as Luis says, the name does not always denote the mandate or function.

Having said that, I'd pick a name which symbolizes what benefits the entity will provide rather than a functional title.

For example, if the PMO will be helping teams deliver better outcomes you could go with Project Delivery Excellence.

Kiron
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1 reply by Adela Santana
Dec 12, 2019 12:41 AM
Adela Santana
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good suggestion, thank you!
Here is some similar content:

https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...te-name-for-PMO
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...names-for-a-PMO
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...e-in-a-company-

Here is an article on the negative connotation of the PMO acronym
https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-pos...-a-bad-acronym-
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1 reply by Adela Santana
Dec 12, 2019 12:41 AM
Adela Santana
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Will check them up. Thank you!
Projects Office.
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1 reply by Adela Santana
Dec 12, 2019 12:42 AM
Adela Santana
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Dear Abolfazl, thank you, but we cannot call it either PMO or project office.
Dec 11, 2019 5:57 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Anonymous
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

More important than the designation are the activities and responsibilities that the people in this structure will develop and / or have
Dear Luis, thank you. Functions are defined but people still don’t have them clear, that’s why I’m trying to find a name that can mean something positive for them.
What's in a name?

I understand that some people have negative connotations about some terms/standard language but it is very important to have a meaningful names.

Actually it will be a good idea to have an open challenge to come up with an innovative name based on the core functions you are supporting in your organization.

Good luck to find a new name also please share the name once you decide.
Dec 11, 2019 7:04 AM
Replying to Steve Ratkaj
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We are a PMO of sorts. We have no authority over projects. We provide support. Project Management Support Office.
Thank you. Yes, we are more like support office.
Dec 11, 2019 7:24 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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I would agree that the term PMO has some stigmas associated with it but as Luis says, the name does not always denote the mandate or function.

Having said that, I'd pick a name which symbolizes what benefits the entity will provide rather than a functional title.

For example, if the PMO will be helping teams deliver better outcomes you could go with Project Delivery Excellence.

Kiron
good suggestion, thank you!
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