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A project management office (abbreviated to PMO) is a group or department within a business, government agency, or enterprise that defines and maintains standards for project management within the organization. The PMO strives to standardize and introduce economies of repetition in the execution of projects. The PMO is the source of documentation, guidance and metrics on the practice of project management and execution.

Darling & Whitty (2016) note the definition of the PMO's function has evolved over time:

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  • The 1800s project office was a type of national governance of the agricultural industry
  • 1939 appears as the earliest instance of the term 'project management office' being published
  • The 1950s concept of the PMO is representative of what a contemporary PMO looks like
  • Today the PMO is a dynamic entity used to solve specific issues[1]

Often PMOs base project management principles on industry-standard methodologies such as PRINCE2 or guidelines such as PMBOK.[2]


There are many reasons for project failures. As per a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey [3] of 1,524 organizations, inadequate project estimating and planning constitutes 30% of project failures, lack of executive sponsorship constitutes 16% and poorly defined goals and objectives constitutes 12%. It also found that using established project management approaches increased success as measured by a project's key performance indicators of quality, scope, schedule, budgets and benefits. The survey indicates that operating an established PMO is one of the top three reasons that drives successful project delivery.[3]

Darling & Whitty (2016) found there is complexity of interconnections in PMO intellectual capital and though often the rationale for PMO establishment is to enhance stakeholder satisfaction with projects often the establishment of the PMO leads to significant dissatisfaction by senior management.[1]

Think of Project Management Office as a regulatory body that is looking to standardize and introduce economies of repetition to the execution of the projects to maintain productivity. In other wor d s, It is a group that defines and maintains standards for project and program management within the organization. Project managers everywhere rely on Microsoft Office Project to plan and manage their projects. With Microsoft Office Project, efficiently organize and track tasks and resources to keep your.

  1. With Microsoft Office Project, efficiently organize and track tasks and resources to keep your projects on time and within budget. Extensive help resources and printing assistance make Project easy.
  2. Project tracker. A manager can use this accessible template to track projects by category and the employee assigned to them. Flagging over/under is easy with a built in calculator based on conditional formatting and user input.
  3. A project management office (PMO) is a group — internal or external to a company — that sets, maintains and ensures standards for project management across that organization.


PMOs may take other functions beyond standards and methodology, and participate in strategic project management either as facilitator or actively as owner of the Portfolio Management process. Tasks[4] may include monitoring and reporting on active projects and portfolios (following up project until completion), and reporting progress to top management for strategic decisions on what projects to continue or cancel.

The degree of control and influence that PMOs have on projects depend on the type of PMO structure within the enterprise; it can be:

  • Supportive, with a consultative role
  • Controlling, by requiring compliance for example
  • Directive, by taking control and managing the projects
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There are many opinions and practices some say PMOs must fulfill. The PMBoK 5th edition dedicates a page and a half to such discussion identifying 6 PMO functions. Hobbs & Aubry (2010) identified 27 distinct functions of PMOs highlighting a number of these were found to not correlate to enhanced project performance. Darling & Whitty (2016) state there is a need for evidence-based management practice, that consultants and practitioners are providing unproven solutions which organisations both public and private are investing enormous quantities of finance to without assured outcome, further the publication of opinions without scientific basis in the field of science, medicine or law would not be tolerated, and it is equally important for justification to be presented in the management field.[1]

Some PMOs operate in specialist contexts. In the Scaled Agile Framework the term APMO is used to define a PMO with a focus on supporting business agility.

PMO departments change frequently and for a variety of reasons. Research indicates changes to portfolio management and methods, collaboration and accountability; project management maturity and performance; and work climate are all factors that drive PMO change.[5]

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Whilst PMO functions change through frequent transformations, it is argued that the core function of the PMO is to act as a catalyst for change and delivery within organizations [6][7]


There are a range of PMO types, including:[8]

  • Enterprise PMO: ensures that projects align with the organization strategy and objective; these have the broadest remit of all PMO types, typically reporting direct to the CEO (or similar role), and have authority to make strategic and tactical decisions across all projects.[9]
  • Divisional PMO: provides support to projects for a specific business unit within an organization; includes portfolio management, training, resource planning, and project coordination.
  • Project PMO: established for the duration of a single large project or program; includes administrative support, controlling, reporting and monitoring.
  • Project Management Center of Excellence (PMCoE): defines standardized project management standards, procedures, methods and tools to support project teams across an entire organization; includes administrative services and training in process, methodology, and tools.

The Project Management Institute (PMI) Program Management Office Community of Practice (CoP), describes the PMO as a strategic driver for organizational excellence, which seeks to enhance the practices of execution management, organizational governance, and strategic change leadership.[10]

Darling & Whitty (2016) highlight many PMO typologies exist from the early 1800s as a collective for running government strategy in the agricultural sector, to the civil infrastructure projects of the early 20th century to the early 2000s when the PMO became a commodity to be traded and traded upon. It would be impossible to group PMO's into specific types (Darling & Whitty, 2016).[1]

Whilst the 'P' in PMO usually refers to the word Project, it can also refer to a Programme or Portfolio Management Office. Where Project Management Offices support Projects, Program Management Offices have a broader remit including getting and sustaining the benefits from projects/programs. Portfolio Management Offices have the added responsibility of supporting organizations in achieving strategic goals[11]

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  1. ^ abcdEric John Darling; Stephen Jonathan Whitty (2016). 'The project management office: it's just not what it used to be'. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. Emerald Publishing. 9 (2): 282–308. doi:10.1108/IJMPB-08-2015-0083.
  2. ^Giraudo, L. & Monaldi, E (May 11, 2015). 'PMO Evolution'. Project Management Institute. Retrieved May 6, 2018.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ ab'The third global survey on the current state of project management'(PDF). PriceWaterhouseCoopers. 2013.
  4. ^'Funding for Government Olympic Executive / Olympic Programme Programme Office'(PDF). Greater London Authority. 2012. Archived from the original(PDF) on 2012-11-13.
  5. ^https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/project-management-office-dynamics-change-6496 Aubry, M., Hobbs, J. B., Müller, R., & Blomquist, T. (2010). Identifying forces driving PMO changes. Paper presented at PMI® Research Conference: Defining the Future of Project Management, Washington, DC. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute.
  6. ^Malik, I. (2014). PMO managed services model. Paper presented at PMI® Global Congress 2014—North America, Phoenix, AZ. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute
  7. ^McIntyre, J. (2016). Project Management Office (PMO) as a Catalyst
  8. ^Hubbard, Darrel G.; Bolles, Dennis L. (2012). A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts. PBMconcepts. ISBN9780985848408.
  9. ^Stanleigh, Michael. 'The Strategic Importance of the Enterprise Project Management Office'. bia.ca. Business Improvement Architects. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  10. ^'PMI's Program Management Office (PMO Symposium): Asking Tough Questions, Identifying Solutions' (Press release). PMI. 13 November 2012. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014.
  11. ^Al-Arabi, M. & Al-Sadeq, I. M. (2008). Establishing a project portfolio management office (PPMO) Paper presented at PMI® Global Congress 2008—EMEA, St. Julian's, Malta. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute.
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An appropriate Project Plan license needs to be assigned to your Office 365 users to use Project for the web or Roadmap. However, users that are assigned certain Office 365 licenses are allowed to have view access to Project for the web and Roadmap.This will allow them to have read-only access to projects and roadmaps that are shared with them, without needing to be assigned a Project Plan license.

If your users need to be able to edit or create projects or roadmaps, you will need to purchase the appropriate Project Plan license and assign it to the user.


For more information about Project Plan subscriptions and understand what the capabilities of an Office 365 user are, see the Project service description.

Office 365 subscription with view access

Office 365 view access applies to the following families of Office 365 suites and their education counterparts.

  • Microsoft 365 F3 and Office 365 F3
  • Office 365 E1
  • Microsoft 365 for business
  • Microsoft E3 and Office 365 E3
  • Microsoft E5 and Office 365 E5

Within each subscription there are two apps which can be seen from the Microsoft 365 Admin center.

  • Project for Office (Plan X)
  • Common Data Service

The 'Plan' in the title of Project for Office comes from the family of suite the app is included in. Both apps (from the same subscription) must be assigned to the user to view Project for the web or Roadmap.

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Project for Office App

Family SubscriptionAdmin center Display NameIdName
F3Project for Office (Plan F)7f6f28c2-34bb-4d4b-be36-48ca2e77e1ecPROJECT_O365_F3
E1Project for Office (Plan E1)a55dfd10-0864-46d9-a3cd-da5991a3e0e2PROJECT_O365_P1
E3Project for Office (Plan E3)31b4e2fc-4cd6-4e7d-9c1b-41407303bd66PROJECT_O365_P2
E5Project for Office (Plan E5)b21a6b06-1988-436e-a07b-51ec6d9f52adPROJECT_O365_P3

Note: Microsoft 365 for business subscriptions include Project for Office (Plan E1), Project for Office (Plan E3) or Project for Office (Plan E5).

Common Data Service App

Family SubscriptionAdmin center Display NameIdName
F3Common Data Serviceca6e61ec-d4f4-41eb-8b88-d96e0e14323fDYN365_CDS_O365_F1
E1Common Data Service40b010bb-0b69-4654-ac5e-ba161433f4b4DYN365_CDS_O365_P1
E3Common Data Service4ff01e01-1ba7-4d71-8cf8-ce96c3bbcf14DYN365_CDS_O365_P2
E5Common Data Service28b0fa46-c39a-4188-89e2-58e979a6b014DYN365_CDS_O365_P3

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