Harvey A. Levine, Principal
The Project Knowledge Group
Saratoga Springs, NY and San Diego, CA.
Published here July 2001

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The Chief Project Officer

So it is that we must add to the cadre of "chiefs" to which we entrust the success of the enterprise. We must add a Chief Project Officer (CPO), to support all of the functions discussed above, and to lead the organization in meeting its project portfolio objectives.

As we closed the 20th century, we saw the spread of the "chief" philosophy to the centralization of corporate technology. Recently, in a survey of Chief Technology Officers, the CTO's were asked: "What keeps you awake at night?". At the top of the list was "completing projects on time."

Call it a Project Office. Call it a Project Management Competency Center. Call it Project Mentoring, call what you will. The name really doesn't matter. But development of a separate, recognized, structured organization with personnel skilled in project management, is essential if you want to have a successful project management function and to bring your projects to a successful completion.

For most of us, project success equates to success of the enterprise. Can we afford to do less?

Harvey Levine
June, 2000

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