Sidebar: Why a PMO?

One way to incorporate your IT-business alignment strategies into a single organizational effort is to introduce them as part of a project management office (PMO) initiative. When a 2004 survey conducted by asked more than 1,000 CIOs to describe a key benefit of a PMO, 82% listed closer alignment with the business, and 72% listed increased IT credibility.

Here are some of the things an effective PMO can do for your projects and your company:

  • Standardize cross-departmental processes.
  • Align IT and business objectives.
  • Establish a cross-departmental rewards system.
  • Ensure consistent access to decision-makers and resources.
  • Transfer knowledge.
  • Improve cross-departmental lines of communication.
  • Improve project standards.
  • Provide continual education, communication and mentorship.
  • Centralize project oversight and reduce disarray.
  • Improve business integration.
  • Leverage project management experience.
  • Achieve business objectives.

Kinsey has more than 15 years of software engineering management experience in a variety of industries. He teaches Internet business and technology at the University of California, Berkeley, and project management for the operational management department at the University of Southern California.

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