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Who should project managers ultimately report to - business or technology?

Our PMO is currently structured with having a business project manager assigned mainly responsible for identifying the business tasks, risks dependencies etc.  We also have a technical PM assigned that is responsible for identifying the technical tasks, risks and dependencies.  Seems like one too many PMs?  Would like to combine roles and have one PM ultimately responsible to the business - who is at the end of day paying for the resources assigned.  Interested in getting thoughts on the thoughts on this person reporting only to the Program Manager who reports to the business
asked 8 years ago by anonymous edited 8 years ago by MaplePM

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Who does the "technical project manager" report to in your organization? Any project manager, regardless whether he's technical or business, will ultimately report to business.

But, what is business? Well, this is where it becomes a bit confusing: business can be the program manager, it can be the IT department, or it can be the company's top executives.

So, if the PM reports to the IT department, he's technically reporting to technology, but his reports will be elevated eventually to business. It all depends on the standard communications plan setup by your PMO.

In all fairness, I think that the hierarchy and the structure in your organization are good - but it's very important that both the business project manager and the technical project manager keep each other in the loop, because business always affect technology, and vice versa.
answered 7 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)
My department has recently been reassigned to report to the VP of Operations which I believe is a conflict of interest. Please advise
answered 7 years ago by anonymous
Why is this a conflict of interest? Could you please provide more context? I don't see any problem if a department reports to the VP of operations - additionally, I don't see how this is related to the above question.
7 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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