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!

Adizes’ PAEI management roles

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The PAEI Management Model, developed by Dr. Ichak Adizes, is a model for categorizing managers into one of four roles, Producer, Administrator, Entrepreneur, and Integrator. Adizes asserts that no individual manager can meet all the needs of their organization or department. He argues that effective management requires a team of leaders who – when working…
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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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OKR – Objectives and Key Results

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What are OKRs? OKR is a goal-setting framework that is used by many large tech companies, including Google, Spotify, and Twitter. They are used to create alignment in an organization and to encourage people to set stretch goals. In this article, we explain what they are, how they are used and provide you an OKR…
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