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Data Management and the Portfolio Execution PMO

by Andy Jordan

Portfolio management is an area that more and more PMOs are looking to become engaged in. As organizations look to improve project execution and alignment, what role does the PMO play in managing project data?

The PMO: An Organization’s 'Problem Child'?

by Andy Jordan

The more this writer talks to people about their PMOs, the more apparent it becomes that organizations frequently don’t know what to do with them--and he's not sure why that's a problem. Why do so many PMO “problem children” exist?

Have We Reached Peak PMO?

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

The average lifespan of a PMO from inception to demise is approximately two years. That raises numerous questions regarding the purpose and relevance of PMOs. Those questions, however, can probably summed up with one general one: Have we reached peak PMO?

The PMO Value Problem

by Andy Jordan

Why do you have a PMO? The value of PMOs is not well understood. It’s important to understand and explain their benefit--but how? This article offers some thoughts on how PMO leaders can demonstrate real value to their organizations.

Helping Your PMO Help You

by Mike Griffiths

For agile teams, a traditional PMO can seem to Present Many Obstacles--but it does not need to be that way. With some alignment and time invested, they can be useful advocates.

The Value-Adding PMO: Myth, Mystery or Might-Just-Be-Possible?

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

If we assume that most people want to do meaningful work--and that these people also find their ways into PMO roles--value should theoretically come out the other side. That this does not occur suggests there is something wrong about how we are defining what PMOs should do, the functions that they should perform or the manner in which those functions are being delivered.

Business-Focused PMOs

by Jiju (Jay) Nair, PMP

The common problem that has haunted endless PMOs is their inability to become credible partners with the businesses that they support. How can PMOs manage to come out on top delivering results that businesses can understand and incorporate into their strategic roadmap?

Where Does the PMO Fit?

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

With everything going on in an organization, where does the PMO fit in? And how does it work with all the other components around it?

What Role Should the PMO Play in Project Finance?

by Andy Jordan

There is one aspect of project management where it's rare to find any consistency at all within PMOs: project financials. Let’s look at some of the different options and see if we can figure out some models that might work effectively.

The PMO as Enablers

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Think that's a bad word? Think again. The role of the Project Management Office can be a difficult thing to describe or nail down, but in the end the PMO should be enabling everybody else to do their jobs--and do them well.

PMO Responsibility for Process Improvement

by Andy Jordan

We all know that process improvement is important, but who should deliver it? Whoever owns a process should also be accountable for the improvement of it--and when we are talking about PM processes, that frequently means the PMO.

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