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PMO Frameworks: An Overview

You Need A PMO, But Do You Know Why?

People know they should have a PMO, but sometimes they aren’t quite sure what that means (or what PMO stands for, in some cases). The Project Management Institute noticed this problem and in an attempt to clarify and explain, produced this document. Written in conjunction with experts from many backgrounds and fields, the document defines the PMO in what it is and the “domains of work” that it addresses, as well as the missions, goals, and objectives that various PMO frameworks address.

Describing the Frameworks

Each framework is accompanied by a description and a chart which illustrates the popularity of use for each framework, how often it’s used, and what criteria is used to evaluate the PMO’s effectiveness. Take for example this description of project specific PMOs:

The Project Office provides a range of project or program support services as a temporary entity established to support a specific project or program. These services may include supporting data management, coordination of governance and reporting, and administrative activities to support the project or program team. The project office may coordinate with other PMO entities to support organizational governance requirements, to provide project or program artifacts, and to facilitate knowledge management activities. The project office typically does not exist beyond the lifespan of the project or program it supports.

According to the paper, about 31% of organizations have this kind of PMO in their organization, with the primary function of the PMO being project/program delivery management.

Read the full paper here:

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