Bart van Bommel

PMO at Friesland Campina

Why is a good PMO so important on a project?

I always make the comparison with a crew on a ship. On a ship the captain ensures that the correct course is sailed and the ship arrives at the planned destination. In my opinion, the same applies to project management: the project manager keeps focus on the end goal and ensures with his team that they take the right steps to achieve it.

The PMO is like the helmsman on the ship: he is on the lookout and signals obstacles when they are likely to occur. A project can contain a thousand and one issues. If there is no PMO within a project, the danger arises that the project manager gets bogged down in the details and thus loses sight of the end goal. In order to unburden the project manager, I keep an overview of the project and check whether all team leads deliver their subprojects in time. As a PMO, I take care of those tasks that can fall between two stools.

What do you think is typical for a PMO of Quintop?

My involvement with both the project as well as the goal we strive for with the project is very important to me. Only then you will become a real part of the team. I love it when I can enable people to excel in their work. Being able to unburden others is a quality that not only me but also Quintop believes you should have as a PMO. This makes the match between Quintop and the role of PMO so strong.

What is a successful day for you?

If the project manager, together with me, strives for the ultimate cooperation, where mutual respect is paramount. You give each other the freedom and trust by fully exploiting everyone’s role. This ultimately results in the best result: a project in which you ensure that the momentum continues, and you make progress with each other.

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