The project office
a common-sense implementation
The need for centralized project offices is growing, but questions abound about the process of initiating one. Although there is no single implementation method, this article offers some common sense guidelines. Initially, identifying the range of project office functions is important, whether it be simple data collection and distribution or a full-fledged suite of project expertise and management services. The location of the office should be close to its reporting level; preferably, with easy assess to corporate management. After an analysis of the project office functions, an implementation plan based on a common-sense strategy can be created. Initially, the office might take on small projects, but as it matures, it moves past a project focus to a performance improvement focus and finally to a corporate/enterprise focus.