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Enterprise Project Management Office

Project management is a process that allows project managers to plan, execute, track and complete projects with the help of a project team. To do so, they must use project management principles, skills, methodologies and tools to lead team members through each of the project management steps which are known as the project lifecycle.

A project is defined as a temporary endeavor that has a defined start and finish, scope, and resources undertaken to achieve planned objectives which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes, or benefits.

Prior to submitting your request, ensure the following requirements are met:

  • Approval from your senior leadership
  • Funding or funding plan
  • Resources to commit time to the project from your department

Requesting project work from the EPMO is initiated by submitting an Enterprise Project Request. The Project Request is used to capture requests related to:

  • Aligns with University Strategic Goals
  • Top priority for the University
  • Business Improvements (process, organization, etc.)
  • Affects multiple departments
  • Strategic in nature
  • Highly complex
  • Complex technology requirements
  • RFP management (Request for Proposal)

Once the Project Request is submitted, the request is routed to the MSU Governance Committee for approval to proceed. You will be kept apprised of each step in the process and requested to participate in a presentation of the request to the Governance Committee as part of the approval process. We encourage you to invite us to a discussion regarding your project needs as early as possible!

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The EPMO manages projects and portfolios for MSU, employing industry best practices to align with university objectives. As part of the Office of the Executive Vice President of Administration, it serves as a centralized hub for enterprise projects. The EPMO ensures a university-wide approach to identify, prioritize, and execute projects in alignment with MSU's mission and strategic goals, facilitating project management activities throughout the institution.

In 2023, Project Management Office moved (previously housed within MSU IT) to OEVPA to promote a natural shift in focus from technology-first to experience-first when delivering on university stakeholder needs. This shift encourages stakeholder engagement and leadership in project initiation and execution.
We provide comprehensive services to the university through:

  • A project intake process that utilizes Governance Review and approval ensuring the request aligns with the University’s goals and direction and is in alignment with the 2030 Strategic Plan.
  • Project request prioritization with Governance Committee direction.
  • Short and long-range roadmap development, helping ensure proper resource capacity and allocation. 
  • Stakeholder alignment and clarity of decision-making authority, with transparency and accountability for portfolio and individual project success.
  • Oversight and delivery on scope, schedule, budget and customer requirements.

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