What are the gaps in PM/PMO and how to close them?


  • What are the gaps in project management, specifically in PMO implementation?
  • How to close these gaps?

Over the last few days we had published a few articles on PMO: Program or Project Management Office.

With the above articles, we addressed some factors on the “gaps” and today we address closing the gaps.

Closing the Gaps in PMO | PM System Implementation

How to close the gaps?

This is not easy to answer in a single blog article, since there are many gaps and to answer each of them require a book; so maybe one day. We are going to simplify the discussion today and focus on the big picture.

Which is?

Project Management Maturity!

For those who have been around project management for a while, it is known that higher level of project management maturity means improved organizational performance over lower levels. There have been many studies proving this from University of California-Berkeley, PM Solutions, PMI, and many others.

What does it mean higher level of project management maturity?

It means implementing a proper, comprehensive, and effective project management “system” and continue to improve it as we travel on an exciting journey toward project management excellence.

Allow us a short sidetrack here: some organizations implement a PMO and call it “Project Management Center of Excellence”; and to me – being direct – this is an egotistical mindset … IF … the organization is new to project management. Center of Excellence is a status achieved through hard work and dedicated effort and not given just because we now have an office focusing on project management. For a new PM initiative; PM Center of Excellence must be the aspirations and what we work toward.

Building the Project Management Organizational System

Back to our main point.

Project management maturity is about implementing (Building) the project management system … by system we do not mean IT / Software … we mean the organizational system start with the strategic aspects (Governance, project selection and prioritization …) and include other elements; such as: methodology for managing projects and programs, processes, competence and performance management, leadership and professional development, etc.

Then the question would be: how to build the project management system, leading to a higher level of project management maturity with the ultimate purpose of reaching toward a Project Management Center of Excellence?

This is the question.

The answer? Next article

Today we give you a peek in the following graphic.



The SUKAD 7Es: The Seven Elements of Project Management Maturity