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The Must-Haves of Establishing a PMO

It’s a new year, and if your resolutions didn’t include some changes to the PMO, it’s not too late to start. Mario Trentim reminds us that 70% of organizations had a project management office in 2013, and that number is only looking to increase in 2014. If you’re not sure if a PMO is right for you, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Are you dealing with a large number of projects?
  2. Are they big projects, even individually?
  3. Does the strategy for the future of your company depend on these new projects?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to start a PMO. Trentim reminds us that there are three different types of PMO: project office, departmental PMO, and enterprise PMO. The project office is for planning, monitoring, and controlling the functions of large projects. The departmental PMO is for integrating projects into portfolios, and the enterprise PMO is for ensuring strategic alignment. Perhaps you need all three, or maybe you only need the first one. Whatever you decide, the new year means a new start. With a PMO to help you, it can also mean a more productive organization.

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