This chapter has discussed a wide variety of factors that should be considered in designing a PMO. Undoubtedly, the list is not comprehensive — in fact, it is unlikely that it could be possible to identify all the factors that could be relevant to all organizations. However, the list does include a major set of factors that are relevant to designing PMOs. Every organization will have its own set of requirements. By considering the factors discussed, an organization has the opportunity to systematically choose a set of design factors that will help it meet its requirements at a given point in time.

The design possibilities for PMOs are almost limitless. A PMO can be designed to have quite restricted responsibilities; or a PMO can be established to have a major role in the planning, controlling, and coordinating of an organization's portfolio of projects and managing its project resources. By systematically evaluating the design possibilities, an organization can quickly choose a design that meets its needs.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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