Launching a Project Management Office: Establish and Evolve
In this series of articles on launching a successful project management office, I’ve explained how to assess the current status of projects in your organization, determine your PMO strategy, and what actions as needed to initiate the project.
Now it’s time to establish the PMO. You need to resource the PMO and decide upon immediate needs such as a project management methodology and tools.
3 Factors to Establish and Evolve your PMO
Using the business case and PMO services roadmap, establish the PMO with a focus on space, people, processes, and tools
1. PMO Location
Start by thinking about an actual physical place for the PMO. Some organizations opt for a central location so all project managers can work together. In other instances, the PMO may be situated within the relevant business unit.
2. Project Management Process
A key function of the PMO is to decide on a project management process. Will you use a waterfall methodology? Maybe you want to use the PMI PMBOK methodology? Or are you going to be an agile shop? Perhaps you will opt for Hybrid, mixing relevant elements from waterfall and agile. Decide upon the project management process that your PMO will use and document in a central location.
3. Project and Portfolio Management Software
In addition to choosing a project methodology, you need to select the right project and portfolio management software to support the process and evolve with your PMO over time.
BrightWork, a project and portfolio management solution for SharePoint, ships with a range of best-practice templates, cross-project reports, project request management, and Kanban boards.
Launching a Project Management Office
This article is part of a four-part series, which looks at how to establish a successful PMO. If you want to jump to another part of the process, just follow the links below:
- Launching a Project Management Office: Assessment and Strategy
- Launching a Project Management Office: Initiation
- Launching a Project Management Office: Implementation and Improvement
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2015 and has updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.