Are you big enough for a Project Management Office?
A project management office (PMO) isn’t for everybody.
But if your current adhoc approach to managing your projects continues to be less than effective and you are trying to decide if a PMO is the right model for your business, ask yourself if any of these apply to you:
- Have several concurrent projects on the go at any given moment
- Everyone on the team is working hard but projects don’t seem to complete on time and no one knows why
- Need centralized project monitoring and control
- Have inexperienced project managers
- Experienced failed projects or repeated project management issues
If you answered ‘yes’ to some of those issues, then you may need a Project Management Office. Project Management Offices come in all sizes and can be set up wherever there are multiple projects to coordinate, providing different services such as:
- Creating effective project oversight and control in a ‘big picture’ sort of way during the entire project life cycle from approval to closure.
- Establishing and “standardizing” project management processes, templates, procedures and best practices for consistent use across your team and projects
- Providing a “centralized” knowledgebase for project resources
- Helping with project planning, project monitoring, performance metrics, and project reviews
- Coaching and mentoring of Project Managers and project team members
A Project Management Office is widely recognized as one of the most effective business practices today. It not only allows project managers to be more effective (which improves the success of projects), it can put basic project management practices in place that will improve communication, project control (time, cost, quality), scope management and improve people management skills – so important when qualified resources are in short supply.
So if you’re ready to take that step, or to find out more about a PMO-in-a-Box solution, contact us for a FREE assessment.