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What is the name of your PMO?
Our EPMO was born 8 years ago, and this was a fitting name for our department. Fast forward and while we still do our original charter and project manage most enterprise efforts, the scrum masters for our scrum teams also report into the PMO. We also serve two other important roles in the organization - managing the output process for the feature work our agile teams work on and providing project updates/stats on our organizational portal.

Recognizing our broader touch, we are looking at potentially changing our names. Thoughts? Other names you have heard or use?
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Find a name that generate and impact in people that hear it, mainly inside the top management when she/he is playing golf with other top manager and surprise the other when said "we have a...in our organization". To get a name, do not think about what you do. Think about what you will offer in terms of value where value is something subjective and you have to try to convert into objective one. At the end, you have to sell the business unit.
Lorelie -

What is the longer term strategic vision for the department as that should help identify a suitable name. When I worked for a bank, they rebranded their EPMO as EPDE (Enterprise Project Delivery Excellence) to reflect a pivot to being more of a CoE than a governance body.

Kiron
Hi Lorelie,

I prefer the “SRO – Strategy Realization Office” name as it encompasses all types and forms of projects and is neutral enough to be inclusionary of "agilist literalist." It also reminds executive management of the mandate that all activities should be aligned to strategy and by the way allows a nice Segway into PMI’s Brightline initiative framework.

George
I like George's suggestion. Or we can think it terms of value delivery - VDO - Value Delivery Office. Hmm, but is it an office, team, or group? Value Delivery Group or Value Realization Group.

Alway's fun to ideate on names. @Kiron, we need a Miro board! :)
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Aug 12, 2020 8:15 AM
Kiron Bondale
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Good suggestion Andrew - that would certainly support an interesting community event to get some collaboration around a key topic going.

Kiron
Aug 11, 2020 9:44 PM
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I like George's suggestion. Or we can think it terms of value delivery - VDO - Value Delivery Office. Hmm, but is it an office, team, or group? Value Delivery Group or Value Realization Group.

Alway's fun to ideate on names. @Kiron, we need a Miro board! :)
Good suggestion Andrew - that would certainly support an interesting community event to get some collaboration around a key topic going.

Kiron
We went through a similar thought process and discovered that people didn't really think about what the PMO acronym stood for - we were simply "PMO" in the same way that we don't think of IBM as 'International Business Machines'. What we did find what that they associated "PMO" with positive thoughts around 'getting things done', 'facilitating', 'creating a sense of urgency', 'putting in business processes that work across silos'. On that basis, we ended up sticking with just PMO. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

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