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A project management office (PMO) is designed to support project managers and project teams and can play a significant role in the success rates of projects. Data suggests that when an organization has an effective PMO, there is a reduction in project cycle time and a decrease in project failure rate.After reading this week’s resources and doing some research on your own, write a short paper describing the PMO function in an organization where you are currently employed or have been employed in the past. (Chapter 3 of your textbook includes a discussion of PMO and is a good reference for completing this assignment.) If you do not have a PMO function in an organization you are familiar with, research an organization and write your short paper based on your research.

QSO 680 Module Two Short Paper Guidelines and Rubric

Overview: A project management office (PMO) is designed to support project managers and project teams and can play a significant role in the success rates of
projects. The PMO’s goals are to improve project success, standardize processes, encourage teams to follow consistent methodology, improve the management
of projects, and encourage effective communication. The PMO is a great resource for the project manager. Data suggest that when an organization has an
effective PMO, there is a reduction in project cycle time and a decrease in project failure rate.

Prompt: Write a short paper describing the PMO’s function in an organization where you are currently employed or have been employed in the past. If you do
not have a PMO function in an organization you are familiar with, research an organization and respond to these questions based on your research. Reference
Chapter 3 in your textbook, Project Management: The Managerial Process, as you complete this assignment.

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

• Describe the function of the PMO.

• What does the PMO do well?

• How does it support the project management function?

• What does it do to enhance project management in your organization?

• What skill sets do the PMO team members have that sets them apart from project managers?

Guidelines for Submission: Your paper must be submitted as a 2- to 3-page Microsoft Word document with double-spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font,
one-inch margins, and all sources cited in APA format.

Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (90%) Needs Improvement (70%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Function Meets “Proficient” criteria and
submission uses concrete
examples to support points
made

Describes the function of the
PMO

Describes the function of the
PMO but description lacks
detail

Does not describe the function
of the PMO

18

PMO Meets “Proficient” criteria and
submission uses concrete
examples to support points
made

Explains what the PMO does
well

Explains what the PMO does
well but explanation lacks
detail

Does not explain what the PMO
does well

18

Support Meets “Proficient” criteria and
submission uses concrete
examples to support points
made

Explains how the PMO supports
the project management
function

Explains how the PMO supports
the project management
function but explanation lacks
detail and/or logic

Does not explain how the PMO
supports the project
management function

18

Enhance Meets “Proficient” criteria and
submission uses concrete
examples to support points
made

Explains how the PMO
enhances project management
in the organization

Explains how the PMO
enhances project management
in the organization but
explanation lacks detail and/or
logic

Does not explain how the PMO
enhances project management
in the organization

18

Skill Sets Meets “Proficient” criteria and
submission uses concrete
examples to support points
made

Describes the skill sets of PMO
team members that set them
apart from project managers

Describes the skill sets of PMO
team members that set them
apart from project managers
but description lacks detail

Does not describe the skill sets
of PMO team members that set
them apart from project
managers

18

Articulation of
Response

Submission is free of errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and
organization and is presented
in a professional and easy-to-
read format

Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization

Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that negatively impact
readability and articulation of
main ideas

Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that prevent understanding of
ideas

10

Total 100%