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.

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.

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!

DMAIC is a problem-solving approach that stands for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control. The DMAIC model is derived from the Six Sigma methodology, which was developed by Motorola in the 1980s as a structured and systematic approach to quality improvement. The goal of Six Sigma is to reduce defects and variability in processes and […]

When setting up a new PMO, you start by understanding the needs of the business. Then, you meet the stakeholders and whiteboard your way through several reams of sticky notes. Finally, you get to an understanding of WHY the PMO is needed and WHAT problems it will solve.But what happens next can be tricky. Even […]

User personas are semi-fictional characters that represent different areas of your target audience, user base or stakeholder group. Creating realistic personas can bring these groups to life and better understand and communicate with them. User personas help us understand how your target audience thinks, feels, and behaves. This information can then be used to make […]

Would your project management office like to increase your effectiveness while organizing and performing projects? If your team is interested in setting new project management standards, then one management model you will want to understand is McKinsey’s 7-S Framework. This change management model is used to locate organizational problems, adopt new strategies for completing goals, […]

Beckhard-Harris Change Model / Formula for Change Who’s Equation is it? The change equation is referred to variously as the Beckhard-Harris Change Model, the Beckhard change formula or simply the formula for change. Curiously, whilst it is Beckhard who has his name attributed to the equation, it was actually David Gleicher of Arthur D. Little […]

Who’s Equation is it? John Kotter’s works have made his name synonymous with leading change. Kotter, a Harvard Business School Emeritus Professor, speaker, and author, has committed much to studying leadership and change over the years. His 8-step model is taught in all the leading business schools and is practically a religion among some of […]

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