Types of PMO:s
The Project Management Office (PMO) can be seen as a shared service providing tools, templates and best practices to the project management. The role of the PMO in your organization varies, mostly depending on the level of maturity. The roles can be described as supportive, controlling and directive.
The PMO can be a Supportive PMO that offers help and solutions on demand without requiring anything in return from the project.
The Controlling PMO has the authority to demand things from the projects. It can be used to for example implement project methodologies or processes around reporting etc.
The Directive PMO actually owns resources which can take over and run projects.
Some project management office’s evolve into Program Management Offices. A program management office coordinates related sub-projects within the same program. This includes both IT and business development project teams and the objective is to align the two. In practice the program management office has to be controlling, at least on some level. If and when the project management office reaches the stage of being a directive program management office it might be moved out from under the CIO and start reporting directly to the CFO or other senior executive.
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