Magazine article PM Network

From Reporting Change to Change Enabler

Magazine article PM Network

From Reporting Change to Change Enabler

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During organizational changes, the PMO is often viewed as a record keeper. But it's capable of playing a much grander role.

When an organization undergoes company-wide changes, the project management office (PMO) is usually tasked with reporting progress to executives. This means the PMO keeps track of the implementation of executive decisions, monitors program teams and keeps the executive steering committee informed. However, the PMO can utilize its close relationship with executives to play a much more constructive role in the process, making the move from a spectator to an enabler of change.

Some may argue that organizational change management is for the HR department, and they're partially right. HR is good at managing changes, but the PMO can take it one step further by ensuring the change initiative's successful implementation and adoption.


Every organization has a department or two that functions in a silo. That can be challenging when organization-wide changes occur. But the nature of the PMO's functional disposition means it can more easily navigate organizational barriers and engage with all types of employees at all levels to complete project work. Its consistent interaction with each department puts the PMO in a comfortable position not only to complement change activities but also to lead them.


Large-scale change initiatives are sometimes met with fear and uncertainty by employees. For those initiatives to be successful, trust is extremely important. …

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