Getting Started

You've found the Project Management Office (PMO) web site, so that shows you are interested in learning more about the PMO, Project Management as a discipline, one of our projects, or maybe you have just been asked to lead a project of your own. The good news is that you've found the right place to start. Let the PMO be your guide. Feel free to peruse the page to see what applies to you, or feel free to jump right to the topic that best captures what you want to do:

Starting a Project

If you've been assigned a project and don't know where to begin, head over to the Start a Project page which provides information on how to classify your project and what level of detail is required to manage it, how to identify your sponsor, what other resources you may need, and how to jump into the IT Project Management (PM) Framework. You bring the project, and we'll help jumpstart it with you.

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Project Templates

Looking to capture project related information? Not sure of the difference between a Business Case, Proposal, Charter, or a Project Plan? Head to the Project Templates page to learn more and gain access to the many project templates available to help manage the project. If you are planning on using EPMO to capture your project, these templates are available there as well.

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EPMO – Enterprise Project Management Online

Enterprise Project Management Online (EPMO) is where project information is stored. Each project has a schedule component and its own project workspace, a SharePoint collaboration site for the project team to capture issues, meeting information, project documents, and other project related information. To learn more about EPMO and other project tools, visit the Project Management (PM) Tools page. You may also head directly to the EPMO to learn more about developing and tracking your project deliverables online.

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Project Management – The Discipline

Want to learn a little bit about the concepts behind project management? The Training Resources page provides information on Project Management. Learn about schedules, scope, the triple constraint, and more. This general area also provides links into project management training courses available through various outlets here at Mason.

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Project Management at Mason

The Project Management (PM) Framework page defines Mason's Information Technology PM Framework, and outlines the Project Life Cycle, starting with Identification and working all the way through Closeout. The page also provides a general overview of the life cycle phases and the outputs of each phase. Additional information may also be found on the Training Resources page.

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ITS Projects Briefing

The ITS Projects Briefing page includes information about the semi-annual ITS Projects Briefing and a list of current and recently closed projects. Mason employees may find additional information on the ITS Projects Briefing page inside EPMO.

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Project Management Training

The Training Resources page offers information about formal training for obtaining a Project Management (PM) certification such as the Project Management Professional (PMP), as well as general PM training to better understand how to use EPMO or project pemplates. In addition to formal training classes presented here on campus, the Training Resources page also provides links to the SkillPort online training suite which provides more in-depth learning on PM topics.

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Project Management Policy

In 2009, George Mason University received Level 2 independence from the Commonwealth of Virginia. This independence gives Mason more leeway in how certain things are done, but also requires the university to have established and documented processes for how things work. These same standards and guidelines also apply to Project Management (PM). Learn more on the PM Policies page.

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