PMO as a Service
To answer these questions, an organisation must establish management processes and structures to support the collection, summarisation and reporting of information from portfolio, program and project teams. Project, Program, Portfolio Management Offices come in a variety of flavours and depending upon their purpose, their span of control and size of the organisation as well as what governance and support services they are providing, there may be differences in processes, reporting lines, staffing needs and toolsets. An effective PMO helps ensure strategic execution on behalf of the Executive and with the project community.
Many larger organisations invest in combinations of PMOs at various levels and within different areas of the enterprise. They may be known as an EPMO, Project Office, Program Office, Project Management Office, PMO, Enterprise Delivery Office, Portfolio Office or even Strategic Transformation Office and collectively they may be referred to as a P3O approach. In Agile enterprises or hybrid enterprises there are often challenges in how to achieve some of the same aims as PMOs but with an entirely different work structure, metrics and management information set.
The challenges of designing a P3O / PMO approach as well as integrating Agile and/or a Transformation Office are not core management competencies. Delivery of projects and change is different to managing operations. Management of a PMO is different to management of projects themselves. Governance and support of portfolios of projects (or organisational change investments) should be entrusted to experienced practitioners. The PMO is entrusted with providing timely and accurate information for Executives to make some of their most critical and important decisions. The organisations should have complete confidence that these questions are answered with authority and competence.
Intuity consultants have designed and managed PMOs (of various titles) for portfolios as large as $300M and for individual Programs over $150M. You can trust Intuity to help you design and implement PMO approaches that suit your needs and are appropriate for your project, governance and investment environment. We seek active participation in the design of client PMO solutions, involve the client as part of the process and iteratively develop PMO services with their input. As clients work with us, we impart knowledge and build client capability so that we can provide a path to handing the capability back via a transition project.