Objectives: Getting the Vision

“Before beginning a hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.” – Winnie the Pooh (Winnie the Pooh quotes, 2005).

Per the PMBOK® Guide, 3rd Edition, “PMOs can operate on a continuum, from providing project management support functions in the form of training, software, standardized policies, and procedures to actual direct management and responsibility for achieving the project objectives”. In order to successfully execute a PMO implementation plan, the organization must decide on a vision for the PMO (to include a decision on a point on the continuum) and the specific objectives to be achieved as a result of a successful implementation.

Based on our prior experience with implementing PMOs, objectives should be clear and simple. Only a few objectives should be selected for a 30 day plan. I suggest focusing on those objectives that will address the most severe problems.  For the purpose of the implementation plan, select the top reasons and obtain agreement from the key stakeholders for the PMO. Stakeholders at a minimum should include a sponsor (usually the person funding the project), a “champion” (usually the project manager of the implementation), and a representative sample of project managers, or if the organization is small enough, all of the project managers to be affected by the PMO.