Project Portfolio Management

Remodel Your PMO to Stand the Test of Modern Times

Business demands are changing, so it is time to remodel your PMO to support your processes and functions. Project management offices became popular around the early part of the 1990s. However, projects are becoming more strategic than just meeting deadlines. In this article at PM World 360, Sylvie Edwards explains why you should remodel your PMO to stand the test of modern times.

Time to Remodel Your PMO

PMOs have been around for a while now. They were helpful when companies needed to ensure functions, procedures, and tools in projects were in order. Nonetheless, European organizations are revamping PM approaches and moving towards managing portfolios strategically. It made the top management want to revisit the project management office framework for structural renovation.


Tactical PMOs were the first structures that came out at the early phase of their evolution. As part of the team, you ensure that all the resources follow the same PM methodologies. Your team collaborates and streamlines to maintain policies, templates, and documentation.

As companies start to enlarge and incorporate more functions and processes, PMOs mature from the supportive role. Remodel your PMO to actively establish best practices, get project backing, supervise, and manage project results. Since you have a more centralized structure, you develop metrics to gather and measure project performance.

The more the project management office matures, the less tactical it becomes. Sometimes, you see organizations messing up their PMO operations by adding too many administrative layers. Those that survive either provide tactical assistance or become an enterprise-level project management office. The enterprise version enjoys more power, endorses continuous learning, and enables better project abilities.

To remodel your PMO, learn the maturity level of your organization and work environment. There is no timeline to move to the next level. If the current structure is working fine, you do not need to revamp it. Before you change gear, analyze if your organization is ready for it. In the future, project management offices must be more result-oriented and adaptive to changes. Prevent getting caught in the bureaucratic processes.

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