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Establishing a Project Office (UMTPM007)   Register Online

One of the hottest developments to hit project management in recent years has been recognition of the central role project support offices play in contributing to project success. These offices are substantially different from traditional program offices used on military and construction projects. Their job is not to run projects, but rather to provide an environment that enables project teams to function more effectively. They do this in a number of ways: providing administrative support, establishing methods and procedures, maintaining standards, offering consulting and mentoring services, and helping in training efforts.

Establishing a Project Office explores these and other functions of project support offices and examines how such offices can be established and maintained.

Establishing a Project Office is based on the work of UMT professors Dr. J. Davidson Frame and Mr. Tom Block. Variations of this course have been taught to some 8,000 participants over the past few years. It provides insights based on Frame and Block's work with project offices in more than 200 companies.


To provide students with a thorough grasp of what project offices do and how they can be established and maintained. Both benefits and pitfalls of project offices are described.
What You Will Learn

  • What project offices do and who employs them
  • How to establish and maintain a project office
  • Current best-practices in employing project offices as determined through a survey of companies

PMBOK® Guide Process Areas

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing

PMBOK® Guide Knowledge Areas

  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Communications Management


  • Course modules containing cutting-edge knowledge developed by renowned experts in project management
  • Course Textbook: The Project Office, by Thomas R. Block and J. Davidson Frame
  • Mentors Studio™ CD-ROM: Establishing a Projct Office, featuring Thomas R. Block
  • "Think and Review" section that helps you review key points of the modules
  • Answers to the "Think and Review" section
  • A final exam which contains multiple choice and true/false questions
  • Certificate of Completion.

Topics Covered

  • Contemporary project offices vs. traditional program offices
  • The project office as a service and support entity
  • Services provided by large and small project offices
  • Job descriptions of key project office players
  • The project office role in promoting competency
  • Steps to take to establish and maintain a project office
  • Results of a survey of companies employing project offices

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