At the heart of a successful project management practice often lies a project management office, or PMO, that has been structured to create a path of success for company projects and the project managers who lead them.
Does every organisation have one? No. Does every organisation need one? Probably not...having one would be overkill in many organisations of any size. Are they all beneficial to the success of the project management infrastructure and the organisation as a whole? Definitely not, as I’ve personally seen several that have not been. Can they all be? Yes, I believe so. But I also strongly believe key elements must be in place and key things must be happening for any project management office to really be a success and remain a viable part of an organisation.