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3 Reasons Your EPMO is Failing

Most managers don’t have specific goals for their enterprise project management office (EPMO). Most don’t even have a vision for it. In a post for PM Hut, John Steinmetz wants you to answer “yes” to the following three questions:

  • Do you have specific goals for your EPMO?
  • Do you have a target for each EPMO goal?
  • Have you implemented an approach to measure your progress toward each goal?

So, in short, if you answered “no” to any of the previous questions, it pays to read on to see how you can make some improvements.

Involve your Team

But, wait. Not so fast. Before you get started on this journey (yeah, it’s sort of like a journey), make sure you involve your entire team. They need to own, along with you, all the EPMO’s goals, targets, and successive measurements. They need to have a say.

Goal Fitness Session

That being established, it’s time to start a team brainstorming session. We’re assuming you already have an EPMO vision. You do have a vision, don’t you? In any case, you and your team will want to gather up as many goals as possible that tie into your vision. Now destroy most of your goals, letting only the strongest survive. Ideally there will only be three to five goals that make the cut. Steinmetz gives us a template based on the result of his own EPMO’s efforts:

My EPMO is a brand-new EPMO with a vision statement of: “The Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) strives to accomplish the goals of our customers by delivering projects and change through our unbiased, collaborative and innovative deeds.” Given this, we decided on these goals:

  • Number of projects requesting EPMO involvement
  • Number of projects requested that are not IT projects
  • Satisfied customers

With as little administrative overhead as possible, one’s team should then move forward with their goal targeting and tracking. The nature of your goals will vary from that of Steinmetz’s team, but the basic principles are the same – have specific goals, have a target for each goal, implement a progress measurement strategy. Good luck.

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Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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