does one size fit all?
Operating a project office (PO) enables organizations to more effectively establish an enterprise-wide project management practice. Through a PO, organizations can plan, track, and assess projects, ensuring that corporate initiatives are aligned with corporate strategies. This article examines the functions and capabilities of POs. It also discusses the challenges involved in creating POs, particularly those related to a PO’s behavioral and political nature. Accompanying this article is a sidebars identifying PO performance variables--in regards to context, structure, functions, project implementation--and alternative operating approaches.