What is the project management office?

The project management office (PMO) is a support team within a business that defines change standards and supports change leaders (project and programme managers) in delivering that change. It's a central hub for standards, risks and issues which ensure more successful delivery. These stats show the vital role a PMO plays:

  • 80% of the best project organisations – those who deliver successful projects consistently – have a PMO (according to PMI).
  • In 2016, PMOs delivered a 33% budgetary improvement on projects, 27% improved customer satisfaction, and 25% reduction in failed projects (PMSolutions).
  • 50% of organisations surveyed by PMSolutions said they saw PMO as an overhead rather than a contributor to success – the data proves this is not the case.

PMO roles and responsibilities

  • PMO provides a centralised centre of excellence.
  • PMO provides an independent set of eyes and ears to give confidence that the work is being delivered in the best possible way.
  • PMO provides an information hub through which all change work communicates, ensuring that lessons are learned across the organisation and acted upon.

Why you may need PMO training

  • You have multiple projects or programmes running at once.
  • You find that senior management do not have the time to ensure that the work is being carried out correctly.
  • Your projects and programmes do not work consistently and you need to be confident that they are being managed effectively.
  • Your change teams need to communicate with and learn from each other.

Why train with QA?

  • We offer both main PMO frameworks available – P3O and PPSO.
  • We have highly experienced training personnel who can use real-world examples to demonstrate key points.
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