Why do you need a PMO?
I am often asked, "Why do we need a PMO?" Regardless of industry the question is the same. If we have Project Managers then why do we need a PMO. I guess thats a fair question and it allows me to ask a few follow up questions to get a good dialogue started. I'll ask my clients if they have an Accounting Department - Yes. Do you have an Accounts Payable team/resources - Yes. Do you have a set process for how you pay your vendors - Yes.
See where this is going??
Organizations, regardless of size, have consistent processes in place to help them be successful. The AP team collects invoices, confirms accuracy and terms and pays the vendor. That process plays out repeatedly. Resources from ALL departments know the steps, timing, responsibilities and as a result the AP process flows smoothly. This consistent repeatable process isn't frowned upon, it is expected. The other departments/teams in the organization aren't allowed to "Go Rogue" and start paying vendors independently. Imagine the chaos at monthly end if the IT department, Sales team, and Manufacturing group all were allowed to pay vendors however they wanted, whenever they wanted.
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