Discover the Perfect PMO for Your Needs

Effective PMOs have a clear culture and mandate to their approach in the organization. Often, it is not defined or communicated to the broader organization. This is a major impediment, creating uncertainty and frustration among project stakeholders. As our clients’ PMOs grow along our PMO Maturity Model, they must make a decision: which type of organization should be solidified?

The decision of which type of PMO to build and carry should not be made in a day. It requires executive alignment. There is no optimal PMO type, rather, the selection of PMO type must be made with respect to each organization’s needs and goals. Reach out to us to further explore the advantages and limitations of PMO types. We’d love to help you decide which type may be right for you.

Start with a complementary PMO strategy session to gain a high-level understanding of where your organization currently sits in our PMO Maturity Model.

Supportive - PMOs provide support and project guidance to project teams. They share best practices, enable access to information, develop templates and act as a resource center. This approach is met with minimal resistance from project teams and is beneficial when there is a mature and self-sufficient project management culture

Controlling - PMOs oversee projects and ensure management standards and processes are followed. They provide support in a similar manner as a Supportive PMO, but with the added mandate to adhere to standards. This may include compliance, reporting and methodology enforcement. This type enhances consistency and reliability of project management practices across the organization.

Directive - PMOs directly manage projects within the organization. They have the authority to lead: assigning project managers, controlling project resources, making decisions and determining priorities directly. A Directive PMO ensures projects aligned closely with organizational strategy and goals with an ability to quickly enact changes and improvements in project management practices.

Strategic - PMOs align project outcomes with the organization’s strategic objectives. This type moves beyond governing PM standards as it plays a critical role in strategic planning, project selection, and portfolio management. Strategic PMOs ensure the advancement of the right projects and can significantly enhance the value projects deliver to the organization.

CoE - PMOs develop project management competency and methodology across the organization. CoE PMOs act as a hub for project management best practices, training, and knowledge sharing. They focus on developing skills and create a culture of excellence in project management. This type builds PM capabilities, leading to long-term improvements in project success rates.

Hybrid - types combine elements of the other models to suit specific organizational needs. PMOs may opt to tailor approaches to offer a mix of services, governance and direct management of projects. A hybrid PMO can provide a balance between control and support, depending on what will best support the organization’s objectives. Caution: this type is often initially viewed as the most attractive. However it may be challenging to define clear roles and responsibilities and requires constant checks to ensure it remains aligned with organizational needs.