Top Reasons for the Failure of a PMO

Because there are so many theories floating around as to why PMO’s fail, it is sometimes hard to know where to start! I have found a good place to begin is often with people’s experiences and observations. Here are some reasons for PMO failure that I have put together based ...

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Getting Everything on One A4

According to Second World War historians, Winston Churchill wanted all of his progress reports on only one sheet of paper. Given the huge ahead of him at that time, it’s understandable that he did not want to be distracted with large amounts of paper! Perhaps we could learn from his ...

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PMO’s – Enabling and Restraining

What has the P3O® (Portfolio, Programme Project Offices) guidance that was published in 2008 by the UK Office of Government Commerce got to do with Yin and Yang? The Chinese ancients believed that Yin and Yang is the interplay of opposites and stresses the importance of balance. “All things connote ...

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A View on the Role of the PMO

There is a contradiction at the heart of many PMOs. Who is the master of an office for management of project or programme?

There is a choice of at least two who have different focus and thus needs.

I have run/set-up several large PMOs over the years during which time I’ve seen that I had to choose whose confidences I had to respect absolutely.

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