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on 4 November 2011
OGC and their colloborators have done it again and produced an excellent beginners guide for those looking to set up what I would call permanent PMOs as opposed to the transitory kind. The sections covering Portfolio Management are particularly good and important for senior business managers in any organisation. I suspect closer integration with the other OGC Guide "Management of Portfolios" would pay dividends from a consistency point of view but this is a minor point. There is also a need for a section that explores the interfaces between the offices more closely. For those who are not change professionals the multiplicity of offices can come across as "overkill" but for corporates runing large portfolios of projects each year whether in a single location or over different geographies this guide provides some interesting insights and tips on how to manage on going project and programme based change. I found it extremely useful and thoroughly recommend it to change professionals.
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on 29 June 2015
I've been tasked with setting up the IT PMO department for a well known company in the UK. I'm an experienced Project Manager (20+ years), but PMO? Where to start? This book guides you through the whole process. To an experienced PM, the delivery method should not be surprising (start with the vision, define the service, build the team, deliver iteratively). It will also guide you through all aspects of the PMO - full list of possible services, role profiles, communications, stakeholder management, measuring value to the organisation etc etc. There are useful and interesting real life scenarios and examples that bring the theory to life. None of it is rocket science, but having all the information you need in one place is useful and it serves as confirmation that you are doing the right thing, if nothing else. From the moment it arrived it has become my bible.
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on 23 March 2012
the book is a good read especially for those who have no knowledge of a PMO. I read it in 3 days, I didnt want to put it down because it really did teach me things I didnt know and just confirmed my interest in PMO even more. I would say the book is probably more for those within a senior position within a PMO but is also adequate for anyone wanting to set up and run a PMO office
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on 4 January 2014
A great overview for anyone wanting to implement this type of model. I recommend reading first before expanding into the specific books that compliment it
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