2-4. Project Office

A centralized project office is an important component in organizing for project execution. Companies that undertake a lot of projects have found a project office useful in the road to achieving project management maturity.

The project office represents

support staff group reporting to project manager or to an administrative manager

  • to coordinate efforts of functional areas,subcontractors
  • information center
  • plans, directs, controls project activities
  • links users, project teams, top management

Some functions of a project office

  • planning & controlling -work breakdown, PERT/CPM networks, monitor work, forecast, update budgets
  • systems engineering – systems analysis, requirements, specifications
  • change management- resource center for templates, expertise on procedures
  • contracting
  • Standards: establish standards, and enforces adherence to those standards
  • financial control