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What we do.

The University of Greenwich created the IT Programme Management Office (IT PMO) in 2011. The role of the PMO is to improve the overall success of UoG IT projects by:

  • Providing dedicated Project Management and Business Analysis resources to deliver strategic, complex projects.
  • Establishing standards and templates for Project Management and Business Analysis which can be used both within and outside the IT PMO.
  • Providing support and expertise to IT projects being managed outside of the IT PMO.

What is project management?

Project management is a carefully planned and organised effort to accomplish a successful project. A project is a one-time effort that produces a specific result, for example, implementing a new application. A Project Manager would typically carry out the following activities:

  • Understand the needs of stakeholders
  • Plan what needs to be done, when, by whom, and to what standards.
  • Build and motivate the team.
  • Coordinate the work of different people.
  • Monitor work activities within the plan.
  • Manage any changes to the plan.
  • Manage risks.
  • Deliver successful results.

The Association for Project Management describes a project as having the following features:

  • Uniqueness - Projects are separate to business-as-usual activities, requiring people to come together temporarily to focus on specific project objectives. As a result, effective teamwork is central to successful projects.
  • Transience - A project has a specific start and end point and is set up to meet specific objectives, to create a specified result, product or service.

All projects should operate within the constraints of, time, quality and cost. Projects need to be controlled to meet their objectives and deliver benefits. Source: Association for Project Management 2012 - http://www.apm.org.uk/WhatIsPM

What is Business Analysis?

Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organisational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. Source: International Institute of Business Analysis - http://www.iiba.org/Careers/What-is-Business-Analysis.aspx

At the University of Greenwich a Business Analyst might undertake the following activities as part of implementing a new solution:

  • Requirements elicitation
  • Business process evaluation and re-engineering
  • Investigation of options
  • Production of Functional Specification documents
  • Working with technical colleagues to select/design solutions
  • System testing
  • Change management activities

Last Updated: 23 Aug 2017