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A Project Management Office (PMO) is a group or department within a business, agency or enterprise that defines and maintains standards for project management within the organization.

The PMO builds up a common set of practices, principles and templates for managing projects.  While the PMO sets project management standards, it also must ensure they are followed by performing regular assessment of projects.  The PMO will track the status of all projects. They will standardize the way this information is compiled and reported to management.  This information is presented using project dashboards, which provide a clear way to keep track of the status of projects.

PMOs provide:

  • Governance: ensuring that decisions are taken by the right people, based on the right information.
  • Transparency: providing information with a single source of the truth. Information should be relevant and accurate to support effective decision-making.
  • Reusability: stopping project teams from reinventing the wheel by being a central point for lessons learned, templates and best practice.
  • Delivery support: making it easy for project teams to do their jobs by reducing bureaucracy, providing training, mentoring and quality assurance.
  • Traceability: providing the function for managing documentation, project history and organizational knowledge.
Last Updated: 8/29/19