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The Changing World of the PMO

globeIf you’re seeking a job in project management, there’s some good news and some bad. The good news is the PMO is seeing a spike in popularity. Companies have discovered that the project management office increases efficiency within the organization, offering a one stop shop for executives seeking progress reports, new project management specialists who need training, or anyone else who wants to see an organization standard in their project.

Then there’s the bad news.  According to Bill Goodwin of, when an IT company faces a budget crunch, project management training for the PMO is one of the first things to go. This is a shame, because the PMO is taking on an increasing amount of responsibility.

Goodwin points out that PMOs are there to help IT professionals. The PMO director can offer training and opportunities that allow employees to move from technical positions to managerial roles. If you’re an IT professional now is the time to take advantage of the opportunities the PMO has to offer. You may be surprised to find out all that they do.      

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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