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PMO: Keep it, Change it, or Demolish it?

In the fast-paced world of business today, it can be challenging to stay relevant if you’re holding onto a decision made years ago. Project Management Office (PMO), can be a powerful tool to help regain control of failing projects and meet project goals. However, with so many methodologies available, how do you ensure each project team chooses the right one?

First off, let’s agree that a PMO is not a policing organization. Its role is not to monitor and control the project budget, resources, or scope. That falls to project managers, sponsors, and relevant departments. Instead, a PMO should operate as a center of excellence and the custodian of the methodology chosen for all project managers.

Traditionally, PMOs have followed a standard structure, choosing only one methodology for their organizations to solve problems. But as project managers and program managers asked for different methodologies to manage their projects, this approach became untenable.

Today, the solution is clear: instead of limiting project teams to a single methodology, a PMO should provide guidance on which methods to choose. PMO governance sets goals and standards for reporting formats, supporting all methodologies equally..

To ensure the success of a project, it is vital to have a shared objective in mind. Regardless of the methodology employed, achieving success should always be the ultimate aim. PMOs can empower project teams by allowing them to choose the best methodology for their unique needs. PMOs provide a structured framework for team success and flexibility in adapting to current circumstances. PMOs offer support for different methodologies and provide valuable insights for informed decisions. Empowering teams to select the appropriate method for a given task places them in the optimal position to attain success.

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