Call for Papers on the Program Management Office


PM World Journal invites articles and papers about all aspects of PMOs for programs

14 June 2016 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Program/project management experts, practitioners and researchers around the world are invited to submit original works for publication in the PM World Journal related to the program management office.  Articles and papers are sought that describe experience, best practices, issues and solutions related to establishing and successfully operating a program-level PMO.

PMW-Journal-Cover 150x188The project management office (PMO) is one of the best known approaches for implementing mature project management processes on large projects. There are many articles, papers, books, conferences and communities focused on the PMO. But programs are different, normally larger than individual projects and often much more complex. The complexities of programs can include the planning and coordination of multiple projects (and project-level PMOs), multiple internal and external stakeholders, communication issues, enterprise financial and political aspects, operational factors, sustainability, return on investment and other considerations.

This call for papers on PMOs for programs is intended to expand the literature, identify new examples and successful experiences, and stimulate new research on this topic.

Subjects for original works might include:

  • Featured Papers – research results related to application of the PMO approach on programs
  • Advisory Articles – how to set up, launch or manage a program level PMO, or deal with the many challenges that entails
  • Personal Stories and Case Studies – examples of a program PMO
  • Commentaries – personal opinions on this issue; what do you think?
  • Second Editions – older works previously presented at conferences or previously published that address this topic

Questions or original works can be submitted to [email protected].

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “A program PMO deals with different challenges than a project-level PMO. I think it’s also quite different from an enterprise PMO, especially in large organizations such as government agencies. We’re looking for some experience and knowledge that might help program offices and management teams in those situations.”

“In some cases, a manager or leadership team might inherit a program where effective project management has not yet been implemented, either at the enterprise level or on lower-level projects,” Pells adds. “I think this is in fact a big challenge in government and large global organizations. How does one take the bull by the horns, create effective PM policies and processes while helping plan, implement and manage a program consisting of multiple projects. We would like to grow the resource base on this topic in the PM World Library.”

Authors are invited to submit an original article or paper for publication in the PM World Journal. For author guidelines, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/authors/author-guidelines/. All works published in the PMWJ are archived in the PM World Library.

PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about programs, projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To read the latest PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

Editor’s note: We do not publish topic-specific editions of the PM World Journal. Works received in response to this call for papers can be published at any time in the future, so please consider emailing an article or paper on this topic now or later to [email protected]