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The Program Management Office: Establishing, Managing And Growing the Value of a PMO [Hardcover]

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Item description for The Program Management Office: Establishing, Managing And Growing the Value of a PMO by Craig J. Letavec...

The role of project management in the modern organization has grown significantly. The effective management of project portfolios that include numerous short-terms projects, large multi-project programs or both has become a growing challenge for industry, government and other institutions. Many organizations have identified a need to formalize the practice of project management and develop centers of coordination and excellence for project management. The Program Management Office is a guide to satisfying this need for improved coordination, standardization, optimization, and management of the practice of project management. It addresses the strategic and practical aspects of establishing and managing the program management office (PMO) including how to create a clear and compelling business case for the PMO and sell the business case to management, how to design, structure, and implement a PMO, and how to clearly demonstrate the value provided by the PMO once operational. The text also addresses a number of common challenges that management, PMO implementation teams, and PMO staff often struggle with as they develop, implement, and manage a PMO. The early chapters of this book provide step by step instructions to those interested in implementing and managing an effective PMO. The later chapters provide practical guidance to those who already work in a functioning PMO on how to improve PMO performance as well as its value to the organization. The author proposes that the PMO serve three primary missions - standards, consulting and knowledge. He discusses these three domains in detail and provides an understanding of why each is important as well as how the PMO can best serve each of these missions to maximize value to the organization. The Program Management Office: Establishing, Managing and Growing the Value of a PMO is an outstanding guide for those interested in starting a PMO or in growing the value of an existing PMO. It is also an ideal text for project management course instruction on the subject of PMOs.

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"The strategic and practical guidance provided in this book is excellent. The three primary missions introduced will help deliver maximum value to a newly established PMO and develop a strong foundation to build on for more advanced applications of the PMO concept." - Gerald Kendall, PMO Expert and Best-Selling Author, TOC International The effective management of project portfolios that include numerous short-term projects, large multi-project programs or both has become a growing challenge for industry, government and other institutions. The Program Management Office (PMO) is a guide to satisfying the needs for improved coordination, standardization, optimization, and management of project portfolios and the general practice of project management.It details the role and function of the PMO, processes for establishing and managing a PMO, and the three primary missions the PMO should serve to bring maximum value to organizations.KEY FEATURES  Covers the three primary missions the PMO: developing, managing, and growing organizational standards and portfolio management processes; project consulting, mentoring, and actively managing projects; and education, training, and development of a project knowledgebase  Introduces essential concepts, models, and fundamental roles of the PMO for those exploring the idea of starting a PMO, and guidance for improving the value and effectiveness of an existing PMO  Addresses the strategic and practical aspects of establishing and managing a PMO, and the challenges management, PMO teams, and staff often encounter  Features a detailed PMO "Start-Up Roadmap" with a set of steps to get your PMO effort up and running quickly and guidance on how to effectively manage your PMO after it is established  Offers free downloadable templates and a toolkit of easy-to-adapt resources for several of the key functions of the PMO - available from the Web Added ValueT Download Resource Center at

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Pages   388
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.46 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 4, 2006
Publisher   J. Ross Publishing
ISBN  1932159592  
ISBN13  9781932159592  

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Program Management Office: Establishing, Managing And Growing the Value of a PMO?

Too many unorganized details and in many cases, valueless  Aug 4, 2008
I have decided with my team to read this book and set in 4 sessions to discuss the 8 chapters, and we agreed to summarize each chapter to highlight the most important information.

The exercise was hectic, boring and in some cases frustrating. The writing style is a killer. I cannot remember the number of pages where the writer started with a paragraph and ended it in the end of the page or in the next page.

Nonetheless, there is lots of valuable information that can be found between the lines, so if you are that type of patient readers, this book might be helpful
Good info for Establishing a PMO  Jul 6, 2008
I was browsing the local Half Price Books and noticed a book titled "The Program Management Office: Establishing, Managing And Growing the Value of a PMO" by Craig J. Letavec.

Seeing as how I have an interest in Project Management, Program Management and PMO's...and I'd never seen this book before so I thought I'd pick it up and read it.

Not a bad book at all. There is good advice for people at all levels of PMO experience.

The book seems to be targeted at people/organizations who are trying to build a PMO. There are some chapters targeted at managing the PMO once it's been created, but you'll have to wait till the end of the book to find them.

As mentioned, the majority of the book covers the creation of a PMO and what topics need to be considered while setting up your program/project office. When considering the creation of a PMO, the author states that you should first consider your initial PMO "Model". In other words, how will your PMO be organized and managed? Will the PMO be the central office for all project management functions...or will it be a project management knowledge center for the organization? The author provides three PMO "models": Consulting, Strong and Blended. These models are basic PMO models, but are effective when trying to determine how the PMO will fit into the organization. The book provides pros/cons of each model, how the models would fit into organizations and what processes and tools are needed to make these models work.

In addition to the three PMO models, the author provides a basic overview of the PMO as Project Standard Bearer and Knowledge Management Center. The Knowledge Management Center was most interesting to me since this is the area that I believe organizations and PMO's fail. Many people have studied project management processes and standardized these processes...project governance is a field that many people have a good grasp on. Knowledge management in the world of projects, on the other hand, is still fairly immature with lots of interesting topics to explore.

The book is a good one...if you have any interest in PMO's, I'd recommend picking it up.
EXCELLENT book!  May 27, 2008
I am trying to set up a project office for my small team, and this book is tremendous! Glad I purchased it rather than others with the "same" information. It contains everything I need and then some. Very thorough with info and suggestions.
Detailed advice on PMO implementation  Jan 27, 2008
First I would like to warn you that this is one of the last books I have read on PMOs so I might be slightly biased compared to someone for whom it is the first book on the subject.
This book provides a very (maybe too) detailed guide regarding a PMO implementation. Nothing really new is presented, but it provides some useful tips such as table of contents for the base and detailed business case, overcoming resistance. It presents three PMO models: standards, knowledge or consulting organization.
A good, comprehensive textbook on PMOs  Oct 5, 2007
This book has been pretty valuable to me on my latest project. I'm a PMP who has done a lot of project management, but I've this was the first time I had to setup a PMO from scratch. With that task in mind, I started scraping together all of the PMO resources I could find. I located this book on this site and, after reading a few reviews, purchased it along with a few others.

First, the information in the book is well organized and the chapters are clear and concise. The first half of the book describes the process and requirements of setting up a PMO while the second half discusses PMO operations and on-going challenges after it is up and running. It didn't take long for me to rip the information from the first few chapters and develop a clear step-by-step plan for my project.

Normally, I find these textbooks complete snooze-fests but this one wasn't too bad. Either Craig Letavec did a great job in writing the book or my fear of tanking the project overcame my textbook-induced narcolepsy. Either way, I got what I needed from the material. Recommended.

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