Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Delivering Successful PMOs: Chapter 11 Lessons Learned Extract

Delivering Successful PMOs is the debut publication from p3m global, CEO, Ray Mead.

The book explores, from proven practice and live application how to do the right things, in the right way, in the right order, with the right team and identify what makes a good PMO leader.

Below is an extract from Chapter 11: Lessons Learnt.

Delivering Successful PMOs is available to buy online here

Chapter 11
Lessons Learned

The authors have certainly ‘lived’ the experience (and in fact more than one experience) of developing and deploying a significant PMO and from these experience comes the framework for a PMO life cycle as previously explained. Also from this comes a number of ‘lessons learned’ that you should consider in your own PMO development.

Lesson One: Get Help

As has been already discussed the reality out there in ‘PMO land’ is that there is not a plethora of wise and experienced PMO managers, directors, leaders, heads, etc., and so it is sensible for anyone who is engaged to help an organisation set up a new PMO or advise on improvements to an existing PMO to reach out for some help.

The risk to not doing so is to, at the very least, slow the return on investment of the new PMO down. With a practical framework for guidance, such as this book, and a supporting experience coach then the organisation benefits that have led to the PMO investment will be secured in an optimum time frame and with reduced risk of failure.

This book is aimed as one source of aid, inspiration and guidance, so ‘well done’ for starting the process with the right attitude.

In addition this is what the authors, and others, do for a living so professional consultancy is another way to improve your chances of success with that PMO project.

And there are communities you can connect to – on LinkedIn, through the project management bodies such as PMI and APM, etc. Do your research before jumping on too deeply.

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