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Updated by Mark Phillipy on Nov 08, 2013
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Disadvantages of a Project Management Office (PMO's)

These are disadvantages to having a PMO in an organization.

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Increased Overhead on Projects

Increased Overhead on Projects

A PMO adds additional overhead to a project which can increase the cost of the project. The impact can be small or large dependent on any process benefits that are realized on a project that offset the additional overhead.

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Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy

PMO's often feel like there is a lot of bureaucracy required for a project manager to wade through to successfully deliver a project.

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Slows Project Delivery

Slows Project Delivery

Due to the additional overhead and potential bureaucracy, projects can take longer to deliver.

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Can be too Costly for Smaller Organizations

Can be too Costly for Smaller Organizations

There is a cost to implementing and maintaining a PMO. This cost can be overwhelming for an organization.

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Tough to Implement

Implementing a new PMO could be difficult dependent on an organizations culture and ability to handle changes to their business model and they way they manage projects.

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Less flexibility

Often a project manager will feel that they have less flexibility as they manage their project due to the additional controls the PMO adds.

  • Mark Phillipy - PMP, is a seasoned IT Professional with 26 years experience including over 16 years as a project manager. Mark is known on-line as The Sensible Project Manager (SensiblePM) where he blogs about project management and hosts the Sensible Project Manager Podcast.

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