An exploratory study on the form and function of a Project Management Office

Calder, Richard (2014) An exploratory study on the form and function of a Project Management Office. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The definition and objective of a Project Management Office (PMO) still carries a misconception among industry professionals. To this extent, this project evaluates the PMO function, highlighting the role, expectations and impact that it has on an organisation and its employees. It pays particular attention to the Agile project management methodology, and evaluates if a PMO can be successfully integrated with the methodology in order to improve the number of projects successfully delivered. The project also investigates what contributes to successful and unsuccessful change within an organisation, and what is important for business leaders to consider prior to implementing a change. The project uses a multiple (fixed and flexible) research design that compliments the quantitative and qualitative data that has been collected as part of the primary research survey.
    A major finding of this study is that the role of a PMO is universally recognised, however industry professionals struggle when identifying specific features. Additionally, it concludes that a PMO can incorporate an Agile method to become even more successful, although it must adapt its more-traditional Waterfall approach. When implementing such a change, the PMO serves more as a driving force, offering training to employees in order to aid them in the adoption process. Finally, it finds that a strong business leader is the most crucial factor in re-shaping the way an organisation is structured.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2014 10:26
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:39
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15247

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