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Best Business: The Agile PMO - Leading the Effective, Value Driven, Project Management Office, a practical guide (Fortune winning success)(smart choice Series) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Nir
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Powerful Advice - An Amazon Bestseller


The Revealed Secrets of the Shocking Truths about Global PMO Colossal Failures and how to Work around them.

** Uncovered Truths How to avoid a tactical PMO - in which MBA graduates fill the role of secretaries - I know you are asking now - how can it be possible that companies pay 100K $ salaries for administrative work, aren't you? - Read the book and know the answer
** What are the signs of a process obsessed PMO - in which the project managers are cringing under the whip of the PMO and how to set them free!
** Limited Vision When the PMO is in love with the lavish tools - and promotes death by SharePoint - what do you do?
** The Ultimate Program Life Cycle inflicting PMO - do you know how to recognize it and provide REAL VALUE

Best business: The Agile PMO provides answers NOW to all these challenging questions. You will learn to recognize and avoid the PMO traps
Research has proven that most PMOs will be disbanded and flushed away in two years after rollout - make sure yours doesn't
** Join me in this journey to making your emerging PMO not only endure but also lead project and portfolio growth and be value driven:
** The PMO is a mediating function it enables visibility where there is none, unity where there is disparity, transparency where there is ambiguity, and global breakthrough where there is only local analysis.
** Over the years I have seen too many PMOs blunder and fail due to various misconceptions in the roll out and implementation. The main cause is that PMOs do not learn how to create true and substantial value for stakeholders from the portfolio perspective, and hence lose budgeting and are terminated
** in this proven guide I will provide practical guidelines with the assistance of a case study on how to create and increase value of a PMO in an ever changing environment.
** Ultimately, after reading this guide you'll know what to do, in order to successfully and reliably lead your Agile PMO.

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The Agile PMO

This book leads with a single central principle - that a PMO's sole reason for existence is the creation of value for the organisation, and that the single most effective way it can do that is by managing the allocation of resources to projects. Of course, tools, methodology and processes are all good things to have, but identifying how to deploy resources for the best return on that investment is where a PMO really comes into its own.

I initially found such a forceful statement a little hard to swallow, but the book shows (using example scenarios drawn from the author's consulting experience) several ways how the PMO can fail if it chooses to focus its efforts in other directions.
If a PMO focuses on methodology, the PMs may superficially complete templates and processes just to keep the PMO quiet, but the completed templates and processes may bear little relation to reality. Unless the methodology is focused tightly on improving project delivery, this type of PMO merely increases administrative burden on PMs without enhancing value. Again, the PMO will be cut as soon as funding decreases.
The value created can be measured in terms of increasing the number of projects being delivered in a given time (since completed projects create value). As the availability of resources (people and/or money) is usually the single largest barrier to delivering more projects, increasing project delivery is often best achieved by creating a view of project and resource status to enable the most effective utilisation of resources across the project portfolio.
Well worth the purchase price. 
Ken Burrell - June 10, 2013
on: arraspeople.co.uk/

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff. September 23, 2013
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I recommend it to all PjM’s, who have questions after jumping in the Agile way of working and realized first complex problems to tackle.
Let’s spare some time, with avoiding to reinvent the wheel.
Read this instead! 
Thank you Michael for this really nice summary with lifelike examples.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What not to do, and what to do! June 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book leads with a single central principle - that a PMO's sole reason for existence is the creation of value for the organisation, and that the single most effective way it can do that is by managing the allocation of resources to projects. Of course, tools, methodology and processes are all good things to have, but identifying how to deploy resources for the best return on that investment is where a PMO really comes into its own.

I initially found such a forceful statement a little hard to swallow, but the book shows (using example scenarios drawn from the author's consulting experience) several ways how the PMO can fail if it chooses to focus its efforts in other directions.

If a PMO fails to establish the necessary authority and credibility with the Project Manager (PM) community at a sufficiently early stage, it becomes relegated to performing only supportive, administrative work. This is so time-consuming that there is no time to develop more useful services, value delivery is limited and the PMO will be cut as soon as funding decreases.

If a PMO focuses on methodology, the PMs may superficially complete templates and processes just to keep the PMO quiet, but the completed templates and processes may bear little relation to reality. Unless the methodology is focused tightly on improving project delivery, this type of PMO merely increases administrative burden on PMs without enhancing value. Again, the PMO will be cut as soon as funding decreases.

PMOs that function mainly as a home for PMs do little to create value (other than managing the PMs as resources). Despite this it can persist for a long time as business value is not even considered, and the PMO duties are usually carried out by fairly junior (cheap) people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Guide July 2, 2013
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This PMO guide is useful in the way I describes the value driven PMO, it is written in a well understood language and highlights the important implementation faults to avoid. I highly recommend it to anyone that handles PMO implementations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value - wisdom distilled in a very easy read April 18, 2013
By kencity
Format:Kindle Edition
I am an experienced project manager and am in the process of implementing a PMO for a client and have struggled with getting buyin to the process and governance (decision making). This book really helped remind me that we should be concentrating on the big picture - why is the PMO there - to add value in relation to resource management and delivering strategic projects. Could not recommend it enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Every PMO I have seen created ended up being a dumping ground for the duds in the organization. This is especially true in government. It usually comes to fruition through the failed efforts of project managers throughout the organization getting bad enough that the business owners need to take action.

Many times, not all the time, they staff the PMO with the PMs that were failing and shove some PMO certification training down their throats and expect that to be enough. They either hire a certified PMO director, or the PMO director emerges from the group by being the first to dazzle the business with all the new warm and fuzzy PMO buzz words they've learned.

Other times I have seen consultants brought in to whip the failing PMs into shape. Organizing them, training them, and burning them out. The consultants set up new software that takes an army to man. They get meetings on the calendar. Lots of meetings, some with a ball standing in a circle, and some behind closed doors to handle all the issues that couldn't be resolved in 15 minutes while passing a ball around.

By the time the consultants are done with them they are as busy as they can possible get updating the new software, having meetings, and generating reports. The business is happy. Their PMs are finally doing something. It says so right there in the new reports they are getting.

No matter how the PMO comes about, everything looks great through the rose colored glasses everyone is wearing, but that never lasts. When the projects start coming in over budget, late, and buggy, that is when the PMO losses all respect, authority, and becomes a dumping ground for the duds no one knows what to do with.

I have listed the books chapters below to give you an idea of the subjects covered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book - Value driven is important June 30, 2013
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The value driven PMO is a very useful concept, seen also elsewhere, in this book the practical steps for achieving it, or rather the steps that one should avoid, are outlined as well. The case studies illuminate
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The agile PMO - useful and relevant June 30, 2013
By AA
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I like the approach the author is taking in this guide. Apparently he is well versed and experienced in the area as he extracts the vital information and presents it in a clear and straightforward manner which is invigorating and fresh. I highly recommend this book, well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and straight to the point April 8, 2013
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Michael's practical view based on company experience as opposed to theory gets straight to the point. Add value from your stakeholders point of view is a neat, practical message that Michael surrounds with ideas of how to do this and takes the reader through a real case study.

Thanks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
I read the whole thing and know that "agile PMO" is the best thing since sliced bread. Still, I do not know what agile PMO is!! I considered the read a waste of time. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Steve Sokol
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed snapshot.
For the novice or seasoned program manager, invaluable insight into what you may not have seen clearly. Some of the fog will be cleared.
Published 1 month ago by chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful in some areas, but riddled with inexcusable errors
This book provided good insight into various concepts that surround the establishment of a successful, effective PMO. Read more
Published 1 month ago by IT SuperFreak
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a Discussion, Not a Guide
If you're interested in a discussion, then this is OK, but it's not an actionable guide to anything. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. A. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Lessons Learnt from PMOs - invaluable!
Great practical advice on what to do and what not to do when setting up a PMO. Some great examples of how PMOs evolve into non-value add organisations.. Strongly recommended
Published 5 months ago by Simon Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbe livre
Très bon livre . Structuré et bien clair . Facilite la compréhension du concept de PMO . Un vrai must-read .
Published 6 months ago by FALLY STEPHANE
2.0 out of 5 stars Was This Written By A Fifth Grader
I was excited about the subject matter and my hope is that this book would provide me much needed insights. I gave this book 10-minutes of my time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kenneth Platt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is (a high-level overview)
Nice, brief overview of the Do's and Do Not's of establishing and leading a PMO. Won't take the place of a more extensive dive into tactics and strategy, but a good primer for... Read more
Published 9 months ago by NbleSavage
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding the right PMO
The book is structured well, the sections make sense and the chapters all lead to the value driven PMO conclusion. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jenny Howard Smith
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Michael Nir - President of Sapir Consulting - (M.Sc. Engineering) has been providing operational, organizational and management consulting and training for over 15 years. He is passionate about Gestalt theory and practice, which complements his engineering background and contributes to his understanding of individual and team dynamics in business. Michael authored 8 Bestsellers in the fields of Influencing, Agile, Teams, Leadership and others.
Michael's experience includes significant expertise in the telecoms, hi-tech, software development, R&D environments and petrochemical & infrastructure industries. He develops creative and innovative solutions in project and product management, process improvement, leadership, and team building programs.

Michael's professional background is analytical and technical; however, he has a keen interest in human interactions and behaviors. He holds two engineering degrees from the prestigious Technion Institute of Technology: a Bachelor of civil engineering and Masters of Industrial engineering. He has balanced his technical side with the extensive study and practice of Gestalt Therapy and "Instrumental Enrichment," a philosophy of mediated learning. In his consulting and training engagements, Michael combines both the analytical and technical world with his focus on people, delivering unique and meaningful solutions, and addressing whole systems.


Michael travels extensively to Europe and East Asia, conducting training and consulting. He understands people, organizations and cultures and has a high degree of comfort leading cross-functional and cross-cultural training. Whether he focuses on the "soft side" or on project business skills, or a combination of both, he is effective facilitating learning on myriad topics, including negotiations, conflict management, influence without authority, leadership, body language, and presentation.

His style is facilitative, favoring Socratic Direction, employing a range of techniques, from mind mapping, NLP and accelerated learning to indoor gaming and active playful exercises. He has been working with a multitude of clients in a broad range of industries, ranging from high tech, medical, IT infrastructure, telecom to petrochemical. Michael engages participants from various backgrounds such as sales and marketing, operations, research and development and management.

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