Gartner Research

PMOs: One Size Does Not Fit All

Published: 19 December 2014

ID: G00269539

Analyst(s): Donna Fitzgerald, Mbula Schoen


There is no universal recipe for success in determining the type of PMO a PPM leader should establish. A PMO must be tailored to support organizational needs at a level the organization can embrace and benefit from. Failure to do so results in a PMO that delivers little value.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Create a Specific Focus for Your PMO on Project, Program or Portfolio Management to Achieve Desired Benefits
  • Use the Gartner ITScore to Assess the Level of PPM Maturity to Determine What Type of PMO to Implement
  • Consider a Hybrid PMO Staffing Model With Some PMs in the PMO and Some Distributed to Other Areas
  • Position Your PMO Close to Those Who Must Be Influenced to Effect Change
  • Embrace the Philosophy That Power and Leadership Guide the PMO and the Organization Forward
  • Conclusion

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