A Project Management Office is a repository for project management information. It is commonly abbreviated and referred to as the PMO. PMO can also be spelled out as Program Management Office or Portfolio Management Office. It exists to provide data and information to assist projects. Sometimes it is also an organizational unit where project managers and other human resources report.
While the scope of a PMO will vary, it usually holds historical data about past projects. This data can be used to guide estimates for items such as time to complete an activity. A PMO may also maintain templates or corporate standards for project management. Project management training and continuing education may be organized by the PMO. A company may have more than one PMO.
In some organizations, the project management staff reports to the PMO.