Our guide to some of the most important Management Models for PMOs

Management models and frameworks play a huge part in the work that PMOs do. PMO Managers and Consultants spend a immeasurable amounts of time learning management models, discussing management models and even inventing their own management models.

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Tools and practices that will improve your business

When it comes to change management, it is often the role of the PMO to put methodologies and models into practice. Management models appeal to PMO professionals – they can bring order to chaos, aid communication and reduce complexity.

There are almost as many management models available as there are consultants eager to sell them as the solution to all of your organizational and project management challenges. What follows on this page is our attempt to highlight some of the management models that may be of particular interest to PMOs and the organizations they operate within. Each model (or framework, or method) is described and put into context – cross referencing where possible and sharing practical examples where these are available. If you are interested in learning more about a particular model, links are provided for your convenience.

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How to use this guide

Explore the models by selecting a category below, or using the search bar. Alternatively, simply scroll down to review the complete list of management models – then click the one that looks the most interesting!

RACI Matrix | Definition and Example | How to

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When you are setting up a new PMO, you start by understanding the needs of the business. You meet the stakeholders, and whiteboard your way through several reams of sticky notes until you get to a common understanding of WHY the PMO is needed and WHAT problems it will be solving. But what happens next…
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The CLEAR Model: Peter Hawkins

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Whether you are working with project stakeholders or setting goals for members of your team, Peter Hawkins’ CLEAR model is a simple coaching model that sets out to achieve clarity of purpose, as well as developing a systemic process that can be used to regularly review progress. Background to the model The CLEAR model was…
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Compliance Typology and Bases of Power

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Compliance is an important element of the relationship between those who have power and those over whom power is exercised. Research shows that it is power that ensures others are compliant. However, it is the involvement and engagement that establishes the attitude the subject will have towards the exercise of that power. The concepts of…
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Eisenhower’s Effective Time Management

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Yes – that Eisenhower. If you use this time management approach, you’ll be organizing your time using the approach that was advocated and practiced by the 34th President of the United States of America. What is Eisenhower’s Effective Time Management Model? Eisenhower once noted, “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important”.…
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SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses Opportunities, Threats)

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SWOT Analysis is a simple model used by PMO teams during strategic planning to assess the Strengths and Weaknesses of an organization, combined with an inventory of Opportunities and Threats in the external environment. SWOT is a versatile tool that can be used to support strategy building at the organizational level but can also be…
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Belbin Team Roles

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Dr. Meredith Belbin Meredith Belbin is a management theorist best known for his work with management teams. He studied Classics and Psychology in the UK at Clare College, Cambridge. He served as a research fellow at Cranfield University before joining Henley Management College. He carried out extensive research on group behavior, which formed the basis…
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