PMO-Tool by MSO
lean - intuitive - web-based
The Project Management Office tool
for lean processes and full project success
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PMO by MSO
MSO’s PMO tool was developed on the basis of years of consulting and software development for PMOs that deal with strategic projects as well as projects or programs with effect controlling and other special projects. MSO’s PMO tool supports the strategic and controlling function of the PMO as well as the operative project management of project managers and the implementation of work packages and tasks by project staff.
By providing different project management standards, processes and policies for different types of projects in a single tool, MSO’s PMO tool promotes central coordination and control of all projects and resources – contributing significantly to the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the entire project management.
Definition, benefits and types of the PMO
The Project Management Office is the central unit for controlling project management and maintaining the project management system. A PMO promotes or supports the development of methods, processes, tools, templates, multi-project reporting, project management and project portfolio management
But in order to be able to use the potentials of the PMO at all, the individuality of companies plays a pivotal role: not only the specific range of tasks, but also the organizational culture, structure and development of the respective company are decisive for the actual development of the Project Management Office.
In addition, there are three main types or categories of the PMO that set different priorities:
1. The strategic PMO
A strategically oriented PMO develops guidelines and cross-departmental standards, tools and methods for the project management of a company.
The term “strategic” in the context of PMO thus symptomatically stands for a high degree of standardization and the continuous further development of the entire project management with regard to leaner processes and more flexibility.
The trick is to support every type of project, while at the same time creating scope for specific, efficient and effective project management and ensuring overall planning, control and evaluation.
2. The project-controlling PMO
The controlling Project Management Office takes over the controlling for all projects and checks them with regard to interactions, dependencies, target achievement, risk development, adherence to schedules, quality and costs.
In particular, projects that require additional support are recognized as such in good time. The same also applies to errors that occur, for example, in project management, communication or resource planning: these are recorded early so that they can be rectified (where applicable, in due time).
3. The project-supporting PMO
The main task of supporting or operational PMOs is, on the one hand, to control all projects taking into account all interactions and, on the other hand, to coordinate individual sub-projects.
The aim is to achieve the respective project objectives. The possibilities of influence or support by the PMO relate to optimizing resource allocation, streamlining processes in the project, reducing administrative effort, optimizing the application of project management methods and finally coaching employees.
Advantages of a Project Management Office
Companies with a Project Management Office have more success in the project business. Numerous studies confirm this: PMO helps, among other things, to avoid duplication of work, to increase reliability in achieving project goals, to promote organizational development (growth) and much more:
Introduction of the PMO-Tool by MSO
MSO supports its customers in the technical implementation of a PMO tool in four essential steps. We focus on maximum transparency and close involvement of all stakeholders – from external consultants and management to each individual employee. Only if every level is involved in the process from the outset can the PMO tool be anchored throughout the company in the long term.
Step 1: As-is analysis (customer)
Step 2: Conceptual design (MSO & customer)
Step 3: Implementation (MSO & customer)
Step 4: Training (MSO & customer)
Conclusion: PMO as engine of agile methods
If duplicate work is avoided, project goals are achieved efficiently and reliably and growth and sales of the organization are increased, then at least three positive effects – especially for the employees of a company – will result:
- The motivation of the employees increases.
- The ability and speed to react to changes increases.
- The ability to work in a team increases.
These are roughly the goals that organizations hope to achieve with “agility in project management”. Reduced to the core, “agile working” means exactly that: the ability (or even the possibility) to react flexibly in an environment of self-responsible teamwork. The PMO tool by MSO supports the path to achieve these goals.
The price depends on the company-specific requirements regarding project management.
Depending on the degree of maturity of the previous as-is analysis and conception, the implementation usually takes two to four weeks.
The Project Management Office provides an overview of all projects running in the company. This enables a holistic view of the company system and decisions can be made in the sense of the basic strategic orientation. A disjunctive view of the projects leads to considerable losses of the economic efficiency of a company in the long run.
The Project Management Office forms the ordered framework for each individual project. Based on past projects and best practices, PMO develops standards for the future. Only with the help of these standards and the existing knowledge management is it possible to implement continuous improvement processes and learn from failures.
The PMO has a transparent overview of the entire project landscape of a company. Depending on the respective organizational form (pure project organization, staff project organization, matrix project organization), the PMO can optimize resource allocation and thus crucially support resource management.