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The 411 on the Project Management Office (PMO)

April 12, 2011

PMBOK® defines a project management office (PMO) as “an organizational body or entity assigned various responsibilities related to the centralized and coordinated management of those projects under its domain”.  The role and responsibilities of the PMO may vary by organization, but normally include providing project management support which may include assisting with the management of shared resources; determining and implementing project management methodology; providing coaching, mentoring, training and oversight;  developing  and assuring compliance with organizational process assets such as standards, policies and procedures,  as well as coordinating activities and communication across projects, programs and portfolios.

PMOs are beneficial to organizations that are involved in multiple projects and programs.  Successful PMOs improve the efficiency and effectiveness of project management within the organization and can help reduce project costs and durations through the use of reusable processes, procedures and templates.

Additional Resources

PMO Definition: What is a PMO

The Successful Project Management Office

The Value of a PMO

* “PMI”, “PMBOK”, “CAPM” and “PMP” are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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