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An Inside Look at High-Performing PMOs Paperback – October 1, 2011

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About the Author

J. Kent Crawford, PMP, PMI Fellow, is the founder and CEO of PM Solutions, the leader in applying project and portfolio management processes to drive operational efficiency. He is also founder and CEO of the firm's training subsidiary, PM College. In addition to his executive role, he is an influential member of the project management community, highly respected as a thought leader. He is a sought-after speaker at business conferences worldwide and the award-winning author of The Strategic Project Office. Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin is editor-in-chief for PM Solutions Research, and the author, co-author and editor of over a dozen books on project management, including the 2007 PMI Literature Award winner, The AMA Handbook of Project Management, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: PM Solutions Research (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929576293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929576296
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a particularly useful book. As an IT professional with experience working in PMO environments, I can relate to the value of this publication. In particular, it highlights recent trends regarding how PMOs are structured, staffed and deployed within organizations. It emphasizes the high correlation between companies that have a PMO and their project management level of maturity.

In addition, it provides a helpful summary of key criteria used to evaluate a PMO. This is in the form of the best practices used to evaluate the “PMO Of The Year” award.

David Leigh, Commack, NY
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The book features best practices gleaned from the application essays of winners and finalists of the PMO of the Year Award, spanning the years 2006 - 2011. The practices are organized handily into chapters that cover:
* Project and Program Management
* Strategic Alignment and PPM
* Performance Measurement
* People Management
* Infrastructure and Organization Design.

I've found myself turning again and again to the examples they offer from illustrious companies. In very condensed form, I find "the best of the best" - how savvy project management leaders have turned their companies around by instilling project management culture, developing project management personnel, and building relationships with executives. Sometimes I can identify that I am on the right track; sometimes I receive ideas new to me. Sometimes, to be frank, I say to myself "Shoot, I should have done that!"

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I found this title to be particularly intriguing in part due to my personal interest in project management and because my organization is currently implementing a new Project Management Office (PMO). While I found the book at times to be somewhat choppy and quick to change subjects, the real value was in the information gained from companies trial and errors with respect to implementing their PMOs. There is input from a multitude of larger more well-known companies ranging across all industries. Although each company had a decidedly different, albeit successful, approach on the whole it seems as though there was a common theme between companies that employed these high-performing PMOs. Each company utilized innovation, enthusiasm, and executive support to convert their organizations to a project first mentality. Moreover, the book breaks down previous PMO of the Year Award winners both past and present and how they separated themselves from the pack. If your place of work already has a PMO, maybe they're looking to implement a PMO, or perhaps you are in a consulting capacity, I believe you could leverage the information obtained through reading this book.
At my particular organization, our PMO is still in an immature state so while reading this book I had a perceived willingness to absorb any and all tips, techniques, and innovations shared throughout. I caution you not to read too much into the title of the first chapter "What High-Performing PMOs have in common". Obviously if you are just starting a PMO or you are concerned with continuous improvement it would be relatively easy to setup shop in the first chapter and go on vacation for the rest of the book. However in the following chapters is where the real essence of the book reveals itself.
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