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PMO Versus EPMO: Symbiosis or Open Warfare?

Published: 12 September 2012

ID: G00236018

Analyst(s): Michael Hanford, Donna Fitzgerald


When an organization decides to set up an enterprise PMO, leaders of previously established IT PMOs need to build a positive relationship with it to avoid conflict. We review the four most common EPMOs and offer actionable advice to help build symbiosis rather than rancor.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Determine Which Type of EPMO You Will Be Working With
  • Realize That Reporting EPMOs Generally Bite Off More Than They Can Chew
    • With a Strong EPMO
    • With a Weak EPMO
  • Understand That Centralizing All PPM in an Operational EPMO Still Leaves a Lot of Project-Oriented Work in IT
  • The Strategic EPMO Must Focus on Strategy, Which Will Result in Pressure on IT to Better Manage Resources
  • The Business Transformation Office Must Involve Itself in IT's Business

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