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Establishing a PMO
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I am establishing a PMO from scratch and I am looking for a book that will guide me through the establishing process from the start. Any recommendations?

A short summary as of why are you recommending the specific book will be much appreciated.

Cheers
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Haitham -

Establishing a PMO is not a recipe-driven initiative as the specific mandate for a PMO will vary company-to-company based on the rationale for its inception. I'd start by getting a PMO charter developed and approved by your leadership team - this charter should articulate the vision and mandate for the PMO and will be a good way to ensure there is shared understanding across your executives.

Kiron
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1 reply by Haitham Al Kahlani
Apr 12, 2019 6:31 PM
Haitham Al Kahlani
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Kiron,

You are absolutely right. It's a bit late for a charter as the PMO is already established and blessed by the board and C-suites, and got the buy-in as well. While there are some ideas about the governance and function of the PMO, I want to ensure that our PMO follows best practices. What I am looking for are guidelines and I will definitely setup the PMO to match our need.

I found a couple of PMO certification but I'm not sure which one to go with, any recommendations?

I appreciate your support.

Haitham
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Apr 12, 2019 2:04 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Haitham -

Establishing a PMO is not a recipe-driven initiative as the specific mandate for a PMO will vary company-to-company based on the rationale for its inception. I'd start by getting a PMO charter developed and approved by your leadership team - this charter should articulate the vision and mandate for the PMO and will be a good way to ensure there is shared understanding across your executives.

Kiron
Kiron,

You are absolutely right. It's a bit late for a charter as the PMO is already established and blessed by the board and C-suites, and got the buy-in as well. While there are some ideas about the governance and function of the PMO, I want to ensure that our PMO follows best practices. What I am looking for are guidelines and I will definitely setup the PMO to match our need.

I found a couple of PMO certification but I'm not sure which one to go with, any recommendations?

I appreciate your support.

Haitham
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What kind of PMO do you have? and what is the purpose of your PMO has in relationship with the company.
I think you have to answer these question and we can find out the best practices we can adopt.
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Is not something special. You have to use the same way that you use to create any other business unit inside the organization. Is a matter of business analyst work and is about to crete a solution. In this case, the solution to the strategical need of transformation (you are transforming your organization because you are creating a new business unit) is to create the PMO what does mean to create a physical place to concentrate portfolio/program/project management functions.
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I can't explain the situation we are undergoing in public. All I can say is that it's a new organization, supportive PMO, and I want to do some reading about PMO best practices.

Any specific books or certifications do you recommend?
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2 replies by Haitham Al Kahlani and Sergio Luis Conte
Apr 14, 2019 7:12 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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There is not a "serious" certification to recommned. In fact, there is no sense in recommend a certification due to thre is not nothing special to create a PMO. If it is a supportive PMO then is more "simple". Supportive PMOs are mainly focused on providing project manager for each project. If you have a project management process in place then the only thing you have to do is provinding project managers for each project that follows that process and to assure that the process is following what some people call "governance". To stablish govenance take a look to stage gate process (https://www.stage-gate.com/stage-gate-model/). Very important is to understand what control points you need to implement and that is a matter to elicit requirements with the top management or portfolio managers (or whatever the way you call people that put the money -resources in geneal-) to create solutions.
Apr 14, 2019 1:44 PM
Haitham Al Kahlani
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Thanks Sergio
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There is a lot information, books, methods - about how to start a PMO - google 'build PMO'. A book I liked is
https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/.../arraspeople-21
It is from 1998 and not much has changed since.

My own 5 cents: https://www.slideshare.net/walenta/buildin...rogram-64492923


Some questions to consider
- is this PMO build based on a crisis or problem or to level up PM maturity in´ general? Most are build to solve a specific problem and most are abandoned after 2 years, do you want to sustain the PMO?
- what if the PMO sponsor leaves or looses interest after a year or so?
- what authority does the PMO have - supporting, standard setting (compliance, transformational) or running projects - many PMOs are on the 2nd stage, it means they are trying to change how people work - be sure you are aware of change management practices (e.g. prosci, ocm)
- have you done a stakeholder analysis - the people who pay you are not the ones who you serve
- is there a business case (cost vs benefits or even savings) - are benefits documented and agreed to?
- is the PMO leader part of the management team (not only reporting)
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1 reply by Haitham Al Kahlani
Apr 16, 2019 3:39 PM
Haitham Al Kahlani
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Thomas,

Thank you so much for sharing your slides. This is the type of reading\guidelines I am seeking. I wasn't sure about the book since it was published in 1998, but after reading your slide, I'll order it and read through it. Please let me know if you have a visit to the middle east.

Cheers
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Apr 13, 2019 4:44 PM
Replying to Haitham Al Kahlani
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I can't explain the situation we are undergoing in public. All I can say is that it's a new organization, supportive PMO, and I want to do some reading about PMO best practices.

Any specific books or certifications do you recommend?
There is not a "serious" certification to recommned. In fact, there is no sense in recommend a certification due to thre is not nothing special to create a PMO. If it is a supportive PMO then is more "simple". Supportive PMOs are mainly focused on providing project manager for each project. If you have a project management process in place then the only thing you have to do is provinding project managers for each project that follows that process and to assure that the process is following what some people call "governance". To stablish govenance take a look to stage gate process (https://www.stage-gate.com/stage-gate-model/). Very important is to understand what control points you need to implement and that is a matter to elicit requirements with the top management or portfolio managers (or whatever the way you call people that put the money -resources in geneal-) to create solutions.
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1 reply by Haitham Al Kahlani
Apr 16, 2019 3:57 PM
Haitham Al Kahlani
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I am sorry Sergio, I got the names mixed up! We are setting up a controlling PMO not a supportive one. We won't be having PMs assigned to projects, rather we are more into monitoring and controlling, setting governance, risk, coaching and mentoring, and reporting to top management and the board. Also, managing interdependencies, coordinate projects, assure compliance... etc

Just as discussed in Thomas slides, a value adding PMO.
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Apr 13, 2019 4:44 PM
Replying to Haitham Al Kahlani
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I can't explain the situation we are undergoing in public. All I can say is that it's a new organization, supportive PMO, and I want to do some reading about PMO best practices.

Any specific books or certifications do you recommend?
Thanks Sergio
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Haithamm,

This is one of the best webinar's that I've seen regarding PMOs:

https://www.projectmanagement.com/videos/3...e-and-Functions
by https://www.projectmanagement.com/profile/mariotrentim/
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Apr 13, 2019 4:53 PM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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There is a lot information, books, methods - about how to start a PMO - google 'build PMO'. A book I liked is
https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/.../arraspeople-21
It is from 1998 and not much has changed since.

My own 5 cents: https://www.slideshare.net/walenta/buildin...rogram-64492923


Some questions to consider
- is this PMO build based on a crisis or problem or to level up PM maturity in´ general? Most are build to solve a specific problem and most are abandoned after 2 years, do you want to sustain the PMO?
- what if the PMO sponsor leaves or looses interest after a year or so?
- what authority does the PMO have - supporting, standard setting (compliance, transformational) or running projects - many PMOs are on the 2nd stage, it means they are trying to change how people work - be sure you are aware of change management practices (e.g. prosci, ocm)
- have you done a stakeholder analysis - the people who pay you are not the ones who you serve
- is there a business case (cost vs benefits or even savings) - are benefits documented and agreed to?
- is the PMO leader part of the management team (not only reporting)
Thomas,

Thank you so much for sharing your slides. This is the type of reading\guidelines I am seeking. I wasn't sure about the book since it was published in 1998, but after reading your slide, I'll order it and read through it. Please let me know if you have a visit to the middle east.

Cheers
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