Companies with a Project Management Office (PMO) are more successful in completing their projects than those without one. Why? Because a PMO provides comprehensive support to everyone involved in a project.
The tasks handled by a PMO may vary depending on factors like the size of the company, the type and size of projects it undertakes, and how international it is. They often change as their level of project management maturity increases. The PMO also takes on preparatory work for project portfolio management. In some companies, it even makes project-related decisions aligned with predefined corporate goals.
Despite these variations, the PMO's most important function is to standardize and optimize project management processes and tools. It may also provide advice – and possibly training – to users of the PM system in place. The PMO always assists project managers with their operational project work.
One of the first steps to be taken when setting up a PMO is to coordinate interdependent projects and programs. The PMO is also involved in coordinating resource availability between project and department managers. In fact, this may be one of the PMO’s most demanding and time-consuming tasks. It is almost impossible to manage successfully without defined processes and tools to support them.
The PMO can also manage the approval process for new project applications along with the associated project prioritization. However, this usually only happens when the PMO has an authoritative position in the organization.
The experts at TPG The Project Group can provide you with comprehensive consulting while supporting you in setting up your PMO IT-support. You can count on TPG's advice, training and coaching. Tools such as Microsoft Project Server, Project Online, Planisware, SharePoint as well as TPG products based on Microsoft Technology will help make your PMO staff's work easier.
For project managers, team leaders, PMO (standardization, coordination)
The TPG ProjectLink product is a must-have for multi-project and program management with Microsoft technology.
For team leaders and project managers (coordination)
The TPG TeamManager product supports ressource planning between project and line managers and provides the basis for the PMO's overview of free capacities in the portfolio.
For PMO (coordination, control)
The TPG PortfolioManager product thus allows you to achieve optimal resource utilization over time.
For project managers, financial controllers, PMO (standardization, coordination)
TPG PSLink – a worldwide leading product – integrates Microsoft Project Server or Planisware with SAP and many other systems and enables the PMO to create up-to-date reports quickly from diverse sources.
For all project participants (operational support)
Powerful reporting makes a significant difference to the workload of the PMO and speeds up the response time when project or portfolio developments require a timely response.