UW Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO)

Last updated: July 1, 2024
Audience: IT Staff / TechnicalDecision Makers

We are a catalyst for strategic change, and work to ensure IT initiatives across Academy and UW-IT align with and contribute to the University’s mission.

Why an EPMO?

The University of Washington historically has had a decentralized, federated approach to project management. This causes redundancies, inconsistencies, and a lack of central visibility into individual projects and the overall portfolio of projects.

Creating an EPMO will help:

  • Create partnership between business/campus and IT
  • Drive scale of projects
  • Enhance visibility of IT projects and enable governance boards
  • Encourage consistency in project management practices

About Us

What We Do

The UW EPMO bridges strategic planning and execution by integrating project and portfolio management practices. It ensures that projects are not only managed effectively on an individual basis but also assessed and prioritized within the context of the university-wide project portfolio of technology projects. This holistic approach ensures that projects contribute positively towards achieving the organization’s strategic goals, maximizing value, and optimizing resource utilization across the enterprise.

Our services include:

  • Project Management¬†
    Our seasoned project managers can help lead your enterprise-wide projects to completion.
  • Partnership
    If you need access to IT resources to complete your project, contact us for help.
  • Guidance and Best Practices
    • Access to project managers for guidance and advice, including during monthly office hours
    • Templates to help effectively capture and organize work
    • PMBOK assistance

Who We Are

We are part of the UW-IT organization. We are a team of project managers that specialize in technology project management.

Who We Serve

UW-IT has created this EPMO to serve campus technology projects. To determine whether we can help with your project, submit a request below!

Contact Us

Send requests or questions to our team by submitting the form linked below.

GO TO THE REQUEST FORM

For any new project requests, we will work with you to develop your business case. In turn, the project will be presented at an upcoming monthly UW-IT Portfolio Review Board meeting to gain official UW-IT sponsorship and buy-in.

Resources

The EPMO uses the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as its project management framework.

In addition to PMBOK, the EPMO has developed our own templates and best practices for conducting successful projects:

Template Type of File
Business Case PowerPoint
Business Case – scope add-ons PowerPoint
Closure Report Word
Product Backlog Excel
Project Sizing Excel
Project Sponsor Update PowerPoint
RACI Matrix Word
RACI Matrix instructions PDF
RAID Log Excel
Status Report Word
Test Plan Word
Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Excel

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