The PMO survival guide

To survive in the current corporate environment, where cutbacks are almost everyday events, today's project management office (PMO) must deliver results that generate business value. This article discusses how PMOs can both establish positions of authority within their organizations and help project managers formalize and improve the processes, tools, and techniques used to manage projects. In doing so, it reports the findings of a recent survey--implemented by project management consultancy PM Solutions (Glen Mills, PA, USA)--showing the organizational contributions that contemporary PMOs are increasingly delivering. It overviews the key differences between PMOs that generate organizational value and those that do not, identifying how PMOs can deliver the results that senior executive expect and how PMO leaders can both engage executives and demonstrate the business value that a PMO can provide, value which helps the PMO gain the financial and operational support it needs to survive. It also overviews why an
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