A recent MPUG survey asked a group of project managers to choose the three most important duties of the PMO from a set of seven. The most important job was found to be overseeing project reporting and communications. Job two is doing project portfolio management. And third is defining and maintaining project management best practices and standards to the organization.
Only one in ten respondents believes that their PMO is “completely effective” in meeting its duties. How can you improve your PMO? The study shows that several PMs suggestions include getting better at communication or reporting, advancements in project intake, resource schedule management, risk management and governance.
What area of professional development do you think could greatly benefit you in achieving your goals? This MPUG study found that a third reported they could do with some training in leadership skills, closely followed by communication and designated reporting.
PMOs vary greatly from one organization to the next; however one conclusion from the study remains clear. “PMOs too need put effort into improvement to become the kind of center of excellence or guiding light their companies need.”