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The Project Management Office

"Now that we've discjussed the major leadership organization of a restarted runaway project, we should turn our attention to the primary support organization - the project manageme nt office, also known as the project office. There is a dotted line relationship between the project manager and the project management office. This line symbolizes the two-way relatrionship between the two parties. The project manager does not report to the project management office or project officer in a traditional hierarchical manner. Rather, the project manager and the project management office have a symbiotic relationship whereby each is providing the other with information and experiences that enable the other to do a better job. Most people recognize the benefits a project manager receives from the project management office. We delve into these benefits in the remainder of values for metrics (for example, actual time and money spent on activities and tasks) that feed the project management office and enable that organization to provide fact-based methods, standards, coaching and reporting."
"A typical project management office for runaway projects will have the team members responsible for Project Communications, Project Accounting, Project Standards, and Project Auditing reporting to the Project Officer. The key to an effective project management office is simplicity. You are already dealing with the enormous complexities of a runaway project. Now is not the time to add more complexity. Be careful and aware of the temptation to have a person play multiple roles in this organization. You may believe that will simplify the situation, but in fact it will stretch the team member and add more pressure to an already pressure-packed situation. Let the amount of work lead you to the number of staff members you need in the office."
The above is an excerpt from a book written by Sanjiv Purba and Joseph Zucchero, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2100 Powell Street, 10th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608 U.S.A. Sanjiv has over 20 years of experience managing large projects and many years engaged in rescuing ailing projects.