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u Controlling. Controlling PMOs provide support and require compliance through various means. The degree of control provided by the PMO is moderate. Compliance may involve: n Adoption of project management frameworks or methodologies; n Use of specific templates, forms, and tools; and n Conformance to governance frameworks. u Directive. Directive PMOs take control of the projects by directly managing the projects. Project managers are assigned by and report to the PMO. The degree of control provided by the PMO is high. The project management office may have organization-wide responsibility. It may play a role in supporting strategic alignment and delivering organizational value. The PMO integrates data and information from organizational strategic projects and evaluates how higher-level strategic objectives are being fulfilled. The PMO is the natural liaison between the organization’s portfolios, programs, projects, and the organizational measurement systems (e.g., balanced scorecard). The projects supported or administered by the PMO may not be related other than by being managed together. The specific form, function, and structure of a PMO are dependent upon the needs of the organization that it supports.
49 A PMO may have the authority to act as an integral stakeholder and a key decision maker throughout the life of each project in order to keep it aligned with the business objectives. The PMO may: u Make recommendations, u Lead knowledge transfer, u Terminate projects, and u Take other actions, as required. A primary function of a PMO is to support project managers in a variety of ways, which may include but are not limited to: u Managing shared resources across all projects administered by the PMO; u Identifying and developing project management methodology, best practices, and standards; u Coaching, mentoring, training, and oversight; u Monitoring compliance with project management standards, policies, procedures, and templates by means of project audits; u Developing and managing project policies, procedures, templates, and other shared documentation (organizational process assets); and u Coordinating communication across projects.
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51 3 THE ROLE OF THE PROJECT MANAGER 3.1 OVERVIEW The project manager plays a critical role in the leadership of a project team in order to achieve the project’s objectives. This role is clearly visible throughout the project. Many project managers become involved in a project from its initiation through closing. However, in some organizations, a project manager may be involved in evaluation and analysis activities prior to project initiation. These activities may include consulting with executive and business unit leaders on ideas for advancing strategic objectives, improving organizational performance, or meeting customer needs.

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