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. 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.

It is worth noting that by including a management model in the list, we are not saying that it is inherently ‘good’ or ‘bad’. They are purposely not ranked in any kind of order. As a PMO professional your role is to identify the management models that work well in your organization and help with the challenges you are facing. This list can help you make that decision, but certainly will not make that decision for you.

Finally, it is worth saying that although management models can bring structure and reduce uncertainty, they are not a silver-bullet. Organizations greatest assets are their people. Applying the right management model at the right time will undoubtedly help you and your PMO, but management models are no substitute for a well educated, motivated workforce.

How to use this guide

Explore the models by category using the drop-down list below, or scroll down to review the complete list of management models – then click one the ones that interest you to find out more!

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