Project Management Office - PMO Services 

"If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the axe."

Abraham Lincoln

10 Types of Organizations with their Role

Often PMOs fail to realize measurable value for organizations, and are deemed useless overheads, leading to their folding down. This means the wrong approach has been more often followed when establishing a PMO. 

The right way is to start with the WHY, and understand clearly the role of the PMO as part of the value chain within the organization. It is also important to address specific measurable objectives and organizational challenges that the PMO is established to address and resolve. 

This is why ADVISORS developed the Structures of Organizational Excellence to facilitate the selection of the right PMO, based on the basic functions of Directing versus Controlling, and Transforming versus Sustaining. The third dimension is whether the PMO is developed as a permanent business unit or temporary.

The second benefit of ADVISORS Ten SOEs is the identification of the need for more than one PMO, their specific roles, and interaction - which is usually part of the relevant operating model, yet often missed. 

Excellence is not a cliché, and a one-size-fits-all approach to excellence is a myth.

ADVISORS offers ten significant structures for enabling organizational excellence at different levels and for multiple purposes. 

The whole compendium is based on innovation, by proposing a three-dimensional categorization of the various structures, we aim to triangulate on answering the main question WHY:

Directing versus Controlling: Directing structure focuses on strategy, selection of investments and initiatives, and KPIs monitoring, while Controlling structure provides project controls, visibility, quality, and recommends corrective actions.

Transformational versus Sustaining: The Transformational structure aims at repositioning the organization from its existing state to a targeted improved state while managing resistance and celebrating success. Sustaining structure, on the other hand, focuses on preserving the status quo, and is essential for preserving the earned benefits.



Permanent versus Temporary: Organizational structures follow a retention scheme that is in line with their purpose; while several are permanent, like strategy, knowledge management, capacity building, innovation and corporate management, others are concluded when the objectives are met, such as projects and programs

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