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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.


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.




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


Slows Project Delivery

Slows Project Delivery

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


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.


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.


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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