Project Management Office

Doing the Right Projects and Doing the Projects Right

What is the ITS Project Management Office?

The ITS Project Management Office (PMO) focuses on both the strategic (project portfolio management) and the tactical (executing projects correctly) management of projects. We endeavor to manage a portfolio of Information Technology related projects so that the goals and objectives of Ithaca College are supported in a friendly, efficient and fiscally responsible manner.

We provide perpetual improvements in Project Management methodologies, systems, and skills needed to complete projects so that they meet each project’s objectives(s) and provide each project’s targeted benefit(s).

In his famous phrase, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things”, Peter F Drucker makes a distinction between the need to be able to get things done efficiently, cost effectively, and with an acceptable quality and the need to be sure you are doing the “right things.” No matter how effectively an organization ‘does things’, it is wasting resources if it is not ‘doing the right things’. Organizations should only expend resources on those ‘things’ that will support the organization’s vision and strategy.

Conversely, an organization that uses clearly defined strategies to guide its selection of activities will still falter if its execution is poorly done.

In order to prosper, organizations need to focus on those activities that will support the organization’s vision and strategy AND they need to be able to execute those activities as efficiently as possible.

This is also true of project management. It is not enough for organizations to ‘do projects right.’ It is just as important that organizations ‘do the right projects.’ An extremely well managed and executed project will only be ‘busy work’ if it does not deliver a benefit that helps the organization achieve its vision.