Is Project Management Office the Conductor of an Organization?


By Ipek Sahra Ozguler

Istanbul, Turkey

Just close your eyes. Dream you’re in the finest concert hall, Boston Symphony Hall, after a busy day at work. Listen to the music. Watch the orchestra play.  Watch the conductor’s movement. The conductor waves his hands around. Sometimes slowly. Sometimes fast. The orchestra plays in relation to the conductor’s beat. Sometimes slowly, sometimes fast. Suddenly you remember the quote by L.R. Sayles.

“Project Managers function as bandleaders who pull together their players, each a specialist with individual score and internal rhythm. Under the leader’s direction, they all respond to the same beat.”  You want to differentiate the statement of L.R. Sayles and adapt it to the project management office. You think if there is a relationship between bandleaders and project managers, it might be possible a relationship is exist between conductors and project management offices. But before you accept this, make some research to prove this argument.

First of all, you should learn what a bandleader is. A bandleader is defined as “the conductor of a band.” [1] Dave Halls wrote in his latest blog the secret to being a great band leader. He defined five areas for being a successful bandleader: considering and managing people, musicianship, administration, commercial, communication. [2] Based on this information and your project management knowledge, you create a comparison table.


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About the Author

pmwj24-jul2014-Ozguler-AUTHOR IMAGEIpek Sahra Ozgulerflag-turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Ipek Sahra Ozguler, a project portfolio manager in TAV IT PMO, has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She has managed a wide-variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), telecommunication, audit (Deloitte), ICT and aviation sectors, and gained broader insights.  In addition, she is a contributing writer of the book “A Day In The Life of A Project Manager” which was authored and edited by Frank Saladis and managed by Elaine Jackson in 2013. Her story explained when she decided to develop a multiprocessor project manager’s system. She holds a Master’s degree in Software Management from Middle East Technical University and a Bachelor’s degree from Istanbul University.  Ipek is a certified project management professional (PMP) and Professsional Scrum Master I (PSM I).  She can be contacted at [email protected]

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