Project Management Institute

Hard choices

For project professionals, there is a common crossroads in career development. On one hand, some prefer to stay within the project management office (PMO) because they see it as a more exciting and varied role than that of a project manager. Others believe the PMO is a stepping-stone to becoming more delivery focused, and they enjoy managing projects. This article examines the pros and cons of staying with the PMO or moving into project delivery. In doing so, it lists six positives of moving to a more delivery-focused role. It then identifies three positives for staying within the PMO. In another scenario, the article details approaching line managers about a raise in salary. It explains the first step of understanding how salary ranges work within the organization, and then it explores understanding how your current salary compares with peers outside the organization. It also relates current job performance with salary increases.
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