Project Management Institute

A PMO for the Pope

After years of financial scandals, the world’s smallest sovereign state is looking for solutions through better project management. The Vatican is creating a new project management office (PMO) to establish policies and practices and oversee planning and project delivery in its Secretariat for the Economy. The Secretariat, created by the pope in February, manages all economic and administrative activities within the city-state, including budgeting, financial planning and human resources.

Pope Francis has said he wants the Vatican’s finances to be administered with “honesty and transparency.” The move to create a PMO follows allegations that the number two official in the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI, Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, transferred €15 million to a TV production company run by a friend. Australian project manager Danny Casey was tapped to run the new PMO at the Vatican, where he’ll join his former boss, Australian Cardinal George Pell, who heads the Secretariat.

The English-speaking PMO team may face a “cultural rift” and possible strife with the Vatican old guard, who “see the talk about transparency as an indictment of what went before,” The Boston Globe reported.

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