This will be a very quick blog post more for completeness.
In the last 2 articles covered the administrative and pro-active PMO’s. Obviously these are the 2 extremes of a the PMO maturity model.
In many cases a PMO is implemented that is somewhere between these 2 models (or even one that starts of as administrative but then grows to take on more functions).
The common term for this type of PMO is a hybrid PMO. Unfortunately, as this type of PMO can be anywhere between the 2 extremes there is not clean way of defining on what it does or does not include as scope. However, a hybrid PMO will typically include all of the functions of the administrative PMO and then take on some of the following:
- Manage and Change Control process
- Pro-active risk / issue management
- Facilitate cross dependency workshops
- Facilitate cross programme communications
- Increased level of review of deliverables and documentation
Not an exhaustive list, more to try and provide the type of behaviour of a hybrid PMO. However, it should be clear that there are many types of project management office. While many may start with a focus on reporting, most take on other activity as they mature