PMO Success

PMO Success

Gartner stated: ‘Building a Project Management Office (PMO) is a timely competitive tactic’ Further, they believe that ‘organizations, who establish standards for project management, including a PMO with suitable governance, will experience half the major project cost overruns, delays, and cancellations of those that fail to do so.

You and your business what to achieve that competitive advantage of course and so you need an effective PMO as quickly as possible.

The proven PMO development methodology can be applied in three stages:

  • Stage 1 Commence with a motivational session, either standalone if you wish to encourage your PMO team and see what other PMO leaders have achieved around the world, or as part of a 1 day workshop. The workshop will both present the ‘art of the PMO possible’ through PMO success stories and research in to what makes certain PMOs and PMO leaders more successful than others, and it will allow a process of understanding of your own PMO and project challenges. A report is produced and reviewed with you after the workshop. Total time – 2 days
  • Stage 2 Here a more detailed investigation of your challenges and your objectives is undertaken and this is documented in detailed report that will conclude with a proposal for a PMO roadmap to guide you on your PMO journey. A formal presentation of the roadmap will conclude this stage. Total time – between 5 and 10 days
  • Stage 3 Once you know how to achieve what you want to achieve regarding your strategy, your projects and therefore your PMO, it can be beneficial to build in validation points to allow for an objective consideration of progress to date and recommendations for any corrective action that may be required. In addition coaching of the PMO leader can be offered – or indeed assistance in recruiting the right PMO leader if you do not yet have that role filled – and mentoring of the project team (and perhaps even the executive) can be applied. Total time – dependent on requirements

The workshop (stage 1)

This workshop aims to aid all would-be and current PMO leaders. As a PMO leader myself I know that this can be a really rewarding experience, but not an easy one to find the right line to balance the projects and the business demands. The workshop is about successfully leading a PMO (whatever you understand by those three letters) to deliver better projects, better business to the customers of those projects and to the organisation that you work for, and to best serve the contributing project managers from both a professional and a personal perspective. The workshop will explore some of the research carried out by myself for my new book ‘Leading Successful PMOs’ (Gower). The book brings together the experience and views of PMO leaders from around the world and the project managers that work within the PMOs, as well as those who are now seeking leaders for their PMOs.

Together in the workshop we will identify what it is that successful PMO leaders have and do that allows them to be successful and how the rest of us can learn from those proven experiences.

Agenda Time

9:00 -10:00 Introduction – Get to know each other workshop

10:00 -10:30 What can a PMO be?

10:30 -11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Characteristics of a successful PMO and PMO leader

12:30 – 14:00 What your project managers are saying about you

14:00 – 15:00 Open discussion – sharing your experiences

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee

15:30 – 16:30 My PMO – a four year journey with one PMO model

16:30 – 17:00 Wrap and close

Leading Successful PMOs Building an effective PMO is a complex process. Leading Successful PMOs is a book to guide all project based organisations, and project managers who contribute to and benefit from a PMO (Project Management Office), towards maximising their project success. Based on the authors 8 years of experience in building PMOs from scratch and his many years in project management the book offers to teach would –be PMO leaders how to go about the job in an effective way.

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Peter is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in business.

His background is in project management and marketing across three major business areas over the last 28 years and with the last 8 years building and leading PMOs.

He is an accomplished communicator, a professional speaker, workshop trainer and PM/PMO consultant.

Peter is the author of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’, The Lazy Winner’ and The Lazy Project Manager and the Project from Hell’ (Infinite Ideas), as well as ‘Leading Successful PMOs’ (Gower).

More information can be found at  and  and  – and through his free podcasts in iTunes.

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