Project Management Institute

Project office start-up

Establishing a project office (PO) is a daunting endeavor. This article discusses this endeavor and examines ten critical success factors (CSF) for helping organizations develop and implement a PO, CSFs that focus on--among other factors--project management practices, organizational hierarchy, resources and capabilities, empowerment, organizational health, and executive commitment. In doing so, it details each CSFs challenges and solutions. It concludes by recommending that PO managers learn from those who have taken on this endeavor and improved their performance by learning from their mistakes.
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