The Project Manager and the Program Management Office (PMO)

Posted by admin at February 10, 2017 in Project Management

A Project Manager basically oversees a project; they plan, help design and control almost all aspects of a project.  Almost all start at this initial project management, problem-solving stage traditionally created with the aim of solving one problem: the organisation’s inability to deliver projects on time, on budget and in scope.

But as the scope of the work broadens to become strategic to the wider business, the project manager is continually challenged to prove the value he or she provides to the business as a whole. Before they can evolve to the program management or portfolio management (PPM) stages, they need to get involved in projects that will drive business strategy and think like an Enterprise Executive.

A failure to evolve and adjust to such changes can result in a PMO and the project manager being misaligned with an organisation’s goals, and therefore being seen as failing to deliver value. Gartner identified seven best practices that a leading project manager should employ to improve the effectiveness of project management and demonstrate they can support the wider organisation and its strategic goals.

The Project Manager and Program Management Office

The Project Manager and the Purpose of your Project.

The purpose of your project is to deliver specific outputs and outcomes to your client or project sponsor, right? Well, that’s partly right.

The ultimate purpose according to PM Perspectives is for those outputs and outcomes to add value and deliver the business benefits, aligned to the strategic plan. Many project managers conveniently forget this last step as they believe that it’s the sponsor’s or client’s responsibility to ensure that a valid business case is in place. But outstanding project managers are more than happy to co-own the business case and actively take an interest in helping to realize it.


The Project Manager and Saas-Based Solutions

Increasing complications in project handling is expected to generate high demand in PPM solutions globally. The bolstering fame of SaaS-based solutions has met this challenge and created a more competitive base in the market and has introduced numerous SaaS specialised PPM solutions providers in market. Some of the major key players in this industry are CA Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Planisware, Changepoint Corporation, Innotas, Oracle Corporation, SAP SE, Celoxis Technologies, Planview, Workfront, Inc., Microsoft Corporation and others such as Psoda. The major factors beholding the market growth include, prevailing apprehensions related to installation and usage, and security concerns regarding the software as a service (SaaS)-based PPM solution.




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