This paper was submitted for publication October 14, 2011.
It is copyright to Dennis Bolles of DLB Associates, LLC ©2011
Published on this site June 2012.

Introduction | General Business Management versus Project Business Management 
Why is the PBMO a Competitive Weapon and What Are Its Benefits?
Three Very Commons Questions About a PBMO | Governance and Structure
The PBMO as an Enterprise Governance Approach | PART 2

Governance and Structure

Governance is the first pillar of our Enterprise-wide PBM House of Excellence. The position of a PBMO within a hierarchical organization establishes its degree of authority, acceptance, adoption, and autonomy and thus "ownership" of the responsibility for establishing, distributing, and supporting project management best practices within the enterprise. Figure 3 shows an example of such a hierarchical project management organizational structure that illustrates how the PBMO might be implemented in a large organization with multiple divisions or business units or geographical regional operations. The number of layers and number of project management units within each layer depends on the size of the unit, number of annual projects in the portfolio, and the complexity of the projects within the various levels of the organization. For small to mid-sized organizations, the number of layers and functional units may be adjusted to fit the amount of control required by the project activity at each level.

Figure 3: PBMO Organization Structure
Figure 3: PBMO Organization Structure

Figure 4 illustrates the reporting structure for a PBMO organization of this multi-tier PBMO organization.

Figure: 4: PBMO Functional Organization Reporting Overview
Figure: 4: PBMO Functional Organization Reporting Overview
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