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Would it make sense to institute a project management office?

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We are a small company (just below a 100 employees), and we are thinking about establishing a PMO. Will it bring benefits for us? Can we afford its overhead? How many people do we need to allocate for the PMO?
asked 8 years ago by anonymous

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Yes it would make sense, especially if your organization has several projects running in parallel.

The PMO will definitely create an overhead, but its benefits far surpass its overhead:

- It will ensure that your projects are consistent (same templates, same methodology, same tools)
- It will create more control on the project managers and the project management
- It will hold project managers accountable for their projects
- It will monitor the performance of projects and project managers
- It will continuously optimize the project management process

There are many other benefits for a PMO, see: http://projectmanagementquestions.com/2111/what-are-the-advantages-of-a-pmo . In short, you should invest in a PMO even if your organization has only a 100 employees.
answered 8 years ago by LonelyProjectManager (4,420 points)

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