Giving It a Name

Assigning a name to a function gives it significance and differentiates it from other functions within the organization. The names or titles typically given to this function include:

  • Corporate Project/Program Management Office (CPMO)

  • Project Management Center of Excellence (PMCoE)

  • Project Management Office (PMO)

  • Project Support Office (PSO)

  • Project Office (PO)

These titles are often used interchangeably, and it is usually a matter of personal preference rather than application of any particular standard. A recent effort by various authors who have written about the Project Office provides some definition for these titles. Table 1-1 contains the definitions used in this book, which are also being used in a number of organizations. ...

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