What is a PMO and what are its types?

Project Management Office:  An entity in an organization that standardizes the project-related governance processes and facilitates the sharing of resources, methodologies, tools and techniques.

There are three types:

  1. Supportive PMO – Low control, provides support in the form of templates, lessons learned, and training to the project team. Also,  serves as a project repository and manages lessons learned.
  2. Controlling PMO – Moderate control, provides support, implements controls and procedures, and monitors the projects’ compliance with the defined framework.
  3. Directive PMO – High control, Directly manages the projects and full say in all the decisions.