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What is the difference between PMO and PPM?

What is the main difference between the the PMO and the PPM. To me, the roles and the activities of both the PMO and the PPM seem to be identical.  Are there any specific differences between the two, or do both mean exactly the same thing?
asked 7 years ago by anonymous

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There is a major difference between Project Portfolio Management (PPM) and the Project Management Office (PMO). While PPM's main focus is to make sure the company is doing the right projects (projects that will return higher ROI and are aligned with the company's main goals and culture), PMO's main focus is to make sure that these projects are done right (e.g. the projects are using the framework, methodology, and project management guidelines set by the company).

It's usually very easy to confuse the two together, since both roles have to deal with multiple projects, just remember that PPM has to do with project selection, while PMO has to do with enforcing the company's project management guidelines.
answered 7 years ago by TheManager (6,220 points)
PPM is a discipline (sometimes enabled with technology. PMO is an organizational structure (containing people who do things)!
6 years ago by anonymous

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