Implementing a project office for organizational change
Successfully driving forward organization change by implementing a project office demands an approach that fits the organization's culture. This article discusses the approach used by Pennsylvania Founder William Penn's approach--an approach based on Quaker principles--when he settled his territory in a land inhabited by Native Americans. It explains this approach as an alternative to the traditional top-down method of instituting organizational change and uses it to examine the outcomes of a project management workshop--a follow-up program to the authors' 1997 book Creating an Environment for Successful Projects--that focused on identifying methods project managers can use when establishing project offices (POs). It then details an eight-step plan for developing and implementing a project office.