Ten Ways to Kill Your PMO (Part 2)

Craig is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and has worked with ProjectManagement.com for the last six years developing the various HEADWAY processes (Project, Change and Portfolio). He has hosted a series of webinars and is a business intelligence subject matter expert.

Far too many organizations have watched their PMO fall in disrepute and disrepair, ultimately seeing their demise. For some PMOs, death came suddenly and unexpectedly; few “saw” it coming. In other organizations, the PMOs are slowly starved of resources, attention and finances and end up being relegated to the organization’s backwater--rarely seen and heard from again.

Some of you may be watching this transpire. Killing the PMO can actually be accomplished more quickly than you think. There are so many ways you can poison your PMO and ensure that it doesn’t see tomorrow’s sunrise. In my last article, I looked at some leading PMO killers such as failing to identify an identity, ignoring your stakeholders and making things complicated. In this second article of the two-part series, I will look at five additional ways to kill off your PMO.

Go Big
Some failed PMOs have chosen to go on an interesting path. Instead of focusing on creating small value and encouraging commitment to the PMO through quicker, smaller successes and actual results, they have chosen an approach to deliver much larger value. In taking this "Go big" approach, you focus all of your efforts to undertake and complete a large initiative (or series of initiatives) that will define your PMO and prove its vast worth to the company. Developing a complete project …

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