Organizational politics aside, the greatest challenge that most companies face is to define what the PMO's purpose should be, and why it is being created. Here's a look at the broad range of services that the PMO might offer.
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One expert's definition of a portfolio turns the bottom-up concept on its head, defining a portfolio as “the vehicle by which an organization achieves its goals and objectives.” In other words, the portfolio comes first, and the programs and projects are broken out from it. Let’s walk through it in a little more detail...
Sourcing is a holistic strategy that defines how an organization sources a unit of work. Different pieces of work can be sourced in different ways, and there are a variety of criteria that can be used to make that sourcing choice. This article covers those criteria, and defines some of the key sourcing terms that have been thrown around the industry.
This column continues a multi-part series that addresses the practical steps and considerations in setting up a PMO in today's organizations. This installment defines in more detail the process that needs to be followed in defining the services of the PMO.
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