The purpose of the Project Management Office (PMO) is to provide project, program or portfolio management consulting and tools. This team helps academic and business units identify their project or portfolio management goals and achieve those goals through expert consulting and facilitation. Projects are approved through our Project Intake Process.
A project is a temporary endeavor with a beginning, an end, and a defined set of deliverables. A project is an effort to create or modify a specific product or service. A project creates a unique product or service and is not a routine operation. Projects can be completely contained within a specific department or include many departments and vendors.
A work effort may be considered a project if it:
Programs are composed of several underlying, interconnected projects. These projects complement and build off one another to achieve a larger, long-term business objective. A successful program drives strategic benefits and organizational growth, rather than a single, tangible deliverable. Program management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to meet program requirements.
A portfolio is a high-level view of all the projects and organization is implementing in order to meet its primary strategic goals. Project Portfolio Management (PPM) provides a framework for new project selection and oversight of current projects. OIT has established a process to access and gain leadership approval for project requests. More information can be found on our Project Prioritization PDF.
Bert Brown, Director
Darla Pangburn, Senior Project Manager
Nick Pearson, Project Manager