Project Office Development
An internal Project Management Office (Project Team) gives organizations the ability to achieve consistently successful results across their entire portfolio of projects-creating a foundation that can turn project management into a competitive advantage. Whether your organization is just beginning to explore the benefits of a formal Project Team, or your existing Project Team is not achieving the results management has intended, PMAlliance can help take your Project Team to the next level.
A Project Office fulfills two essential roles
- It provides enterprise-level project management services.
- It serves as a project management center of excellence.
Implementing a formalized project management process in an organization that has not used a structured approach to project planning and control can present significant challenges. Our phased approach to implementation helps companies overcome resistance to change, allows lessons learned in early phases to be incorporated in the systems installed in later phases, and ensures that a solid foundation of project-level data is available prior to rolling-up enterprise-level information.
PMAlliance uses four implementation phases: Initiation, Project-Level Installation, Enterprise-Level Installation, and Maintenance
The Initiation phase:
- Mobilizes the organization.
- Remediates any current at-risk projects.
- Sets the stage for the Installation phases.
This phase includes the selection of pilot projects that have the potential for near-term successes, and the communication of those success stories to the organization.
The Project-Level Installation phase:
- Provides a structured project planning and control process for all targeted projects.
- Creates the project management infrastructure necessary to support the consistent, successful application of project management techniques by the Project Office on future projects.
- Provides training and mentoring to the Project Office staff
The Enterprise-Level Installation phase:
- Creates the infrastructure necessary to support business decision-making based on schedule, resource, and cost information “rolled-up” from the entire portfolio of projects.
- Transitions the day-to-day responsibility for developing and maintaining individual project plans from PMAlliance to the Project Office staff.
The Maintenance phase:
- Transitions the responsibility for supporting all of the project management requirements of the organization to the Project Office staff.
- Ensures long-term continuity by establishing project management as a core competency and an essential function within the organization.