Project Management Office (PMO)

Posted on September 14, 2009 by

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An organization’s Project Management Office (PMO) centralizes and coordinates the organization’s projects. It is considered a project stakeholder. Not all organizations with projects and project managers have PMOs, and some organizations may even have a department-level PMO and an organizational-wide PMO. The role of the PMO can vary dramatically. A PMO with little power may simply offer support to project managers in the form of maintaining templates and coordinating communication. More powerful PMOs can make project decisions and even terminate them altogether. Other roles a PMO may perform is the coordination of resources across projects, mentoring of project managers, overseeing compliance to project management standards, and developing their own policies and standards.  Overall, the PMO provides a consistency and coordination across its portfolio of projects.