No PMO? Know when you need one

Starting a strategically oriented project management office (PMO) has many benefits: Major strategic initiatives get the time and attention they need to deliver their full value without disrupting ongoing business. This article, which is the third in a series in a special section on strengthening, staffing and starting a PMO, discusses how organizations can recognize the signs that they need a PMO. In doing so, it notes how organizations look at PMOs for greater consistency, efficiencies and better management of costs and explains that any company that does more than a handful of projects should look into the possible value of a PMO. Next, it lists telltale signs that it may be time to establish a PMO. In addition, it notes how a project management maturity assessment as well as the PMO's potential structure and place on the organizational chart are factors to consider when determining if a PMO is needed. The article defines a project polyglot and details how PMOs break down these boundaries. It then cites ho
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