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Project management office acronyms

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There are many different names and acronyms used to describe a project management office. This can be very confusing - even to experienced professionals. This presentation provides the definition for 5 of the popular acronyms.

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Project management office acronyms

  1. 1. Guide to Project Management Office Accronyms Author: PM Majik Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com
  2. 2. Contents 1.0 Purpose of this presentation 2.0 PSO 3.0 PMO 4.0 PgMO 5.0 PPMO 6.0 EPMO 7.0 Summary 8.0 PMO resources Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com
  3. 3. 1.0 Purpose of this presentation The purpose of this presentation is to provide definitions of the popular acronyms used for Project Management Office’s Popular Acronyms 1. PSO 2. PMO 3. PgMO 4. PPMO 5. EPMO Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com
  4. 4. 2.0 PSO Acronym – PSO What it stands for – Project Support Office Description – Some organisations use this term as the service provided is more administration support as opposed to helping to manage a project. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com
  5. 5. 3.0 PMO Acronym – PMO What it stands for – Project Management Office Description – Supporting the project to deliver. The level of management and support will vary depending on maturity of PMO (and organisation). You can visit the following blog posts covering the different types of PMO. Administrative / Report Clearing Hybrid PMO Managerial / Pro-active PMO Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com
  6. 6. 4.0 PgMO Acronym – PgMO What it stands for – Programme Management Office Description – Typically will have oversight manage a number of projects that form a programme. This may mean that the PMO’s will report into the PgMO. Just to confuse matters, it has been increasingly common for PMO to be used for both project and programme. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com
  7. 7. 5.0 PPMO Acronym – PPMO What it stands for – Project Portfolio Management Office Description – This will be building a view of the projects programmes in a defined portfolio. While they can be used to manage delivery, most organisations use them to make decisions on what should be executed and when. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com
  8. 8. 6.0 EPMO Acronym – EPMO What it stands for – Enterprise Project / Programme Management Office Description – This will usually be the overall PMO owning standards, strategy, direction, etc. It will link to the PMO network to ensure that all projects are aligned to strategy and following defined standards. Very popular for organisations who want their strategies to be converted into change programmes and executed. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com
  9. 9. 7.0 Summary The diagram below summarises the different types of PMO. While it is easy to see that the PSO provides the lowest "value add", it is not so simple to as saying an EPMO provide the most value. Each offers a different type of service so, a different value. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com Copyright www.pmmajik.com
  10. 10. 8.0 PMO resources If you want more information, visit www.pmmajik.com where you will find lots of project and PMO resources including the FREE guide, 7 Steps to Set-Up a PMO. Visit http://www.pmmajik.com/set-pmo/ PM Majik Website On the PM Majik website you will find over 100 articles that contain practical and pragmatic tips and insights for designing, mobilising and managing a PMO. New articles are added weekly. Topic requests are encouraged from the community. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. www.pmmajik.com

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