As you may have guessed, I am a champion of the PMO. The Project Management Office plays a unique role in organizations and can be very effective at harnessing and balancing the resources available to conclude projects successfully.
More often than not, however; the PMO is implemented as an afterthought or is not given the true authority it must have to bring the results management and business owners desire.
The PMO often becomes challenged because it appears to be an additional layer of personnel that business owners and managers think they can not afford. However; it is incumbent upon the PMO to justify its existence. If it doesn’t then it’s fate will be relegated to the unessential category.
I’ve spent my entire career working projects and managing PMO’s. I’ve had an assundry of titles but each position I held ended up focusing on projects of one type or another. During this time I have come to understand some things pretty well; not the least is I can complete projects with above average results for one reason: PEOPLE.
This isn’t to say all of my projects were successful. I do believe though that the failures were inherently do to not identifying the person or persons who would oppose the project for various reasons. They may have been team members or outside influencers who were fundamentally opposed to the project scope and became challengers or obstacles to progress.
This simple statement should not be glossed over as appearing contrite or over simplistic. PEOPLE are always the contributors to success or failure.
From time to time I’ll present clear examples of people’s influence on the outcomes of projects in the forums and blog and I’ll offer advice and opinions about methods to overcome challenges or improve the likelihood for success.
In addition; the whole point of this website is to focus on the people side of projects and Project Management Offices in today’s business because if you have a project and need it to be successful, it will be necessary to have project teams consisting of the right people doing the right things.
If you are not sure your project managers or PMO is performing to the level you expect, contact me. Lets discuss your situation and focus on transforming ordinary into extra-ordinary!