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Project Management Consulting

23 July 2007

Project Managemement Consulting

MPOM's advanced topics learning pages provide you with the knowledge critical to taking a PMO and the organization it serves to the highest levels of performance and value. These topics are presented:

PMO Types.

PMOs can be categorized several different ways. First, we must distinguish Project Offices, Project Management Offices, Program Management Offices, and Portfolio Management Offices. Then we can look at how a PMO evolves over time, from a Basic PMO that starts up and provides a small core of valuable services, to the Standard PMO offering a wide variety of services, to the Advanced PMO that focuses on maturity and best practices, and is sometimes called a Center of Excellence (COE). Lastly, we can consider the PMO's management approach. Some PMO's focus on providing supportive services, others on controlling and assuring project management performance, and others follow a directive model, taking direct control of projects to assure their success.

PMO Maturity.

PMOs often face the challenge of justifying their existence and operating expense. A proper understanding of PMO maturity will provide the PMO manager with tools for evaluating the benefits and value of a PMO, to ensure that the PMO offers the maximum amount of value to the organization over time.
PMO Independence. A PMO must have a certain degree of independence to perform its function within an organization. This section discusses the degree of PMO independence needed to provide basic, supportive, controlling, and directive services.

Knowledge Bases.

A knowledge base is a powerful information technology tool, but also a very complicated one. A knowledge base is a single repository of information – in the case of a PMO, that's project, program, and portfolio information – with many interfaces. It provides easy access to project status, to project histories useful for planning new projects, to methodologies, standards, and lessons learned. A knowledge base can include custom interfaces such as graphical executive dashboards and sophisticated search tools. This page provides you with an overview of the knowledge base tools available, including their value, cost, and support requirements, so that you can determine what type of knowledge base is most appropriate to your organization.

Reviews and Audits.

Performing reviews and audits of projects to determine if they are moving along well or in need of special intervention is a critical function of the PMO that performs controlling services. This page provides you with the knowledge that you need to design PMO review and audit services that meet best practice standards for the fields of Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, and Audit Services.
PM Maturity. Project Management Maturity is the most advanced model in the field of project management. The maturity model goes beyond standards and capabilities, to mapping out long-term plans for ongoing improvement in online project management capability.


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