Business Driven PMO Success Stories: Across Industries and Around the World


pmwj40-Nov2015-Swan-BOOKBook Title: Business Driven PMO Success Stories: Across Industries and Around the World
Author: Mark Price Perry
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
List Price: US $ 39.95
Format: Hard Cover, 368 pages
Publication Date: January 2013
ISBN: 978-1-60427-076-1
Reviewer: Rita Swan, PMP
Review Date: October/2015



This is an excellent book that clearly depicts what it takes for a PMO to be successful. It includes many success stories and ample techniques to ensure that a PMO is driven by specific needs of the business.

In contrast, the author clearly articulates the shortcomings and mishaps that lead to a PMO failure. He provides case examples and surveys to support his arguments.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is organized in two parts:

Part 1: Business Driven PMO Insights and Techniques

Section 1 – PMO Mandate

Why PMOs Fail

PMO Survey Findings

Project Management Community Mind-set All Wrong

Case Study Examples of PMO Failure

Techniques for establishing a PMO Mandate

Section 2 – PMO Business Acumen

This section is devoted to reviewing the importance of project management practitioners’ exhibition of PMO business acumen. This includes business driven project acumen, portfolio acumen, dashboard acumen, methodology acumen and maturity acumen.

Section 3 – PMO Future

This last section contains perspectives regarding the future of the PMO domain considering numerous research and opinions of subject matter experts. A perspective that the PMO domain needs improvement within the formal project management and PMO community was sited. In addition, this section includes perspectives regarding PMO managers’ skill set which is thought to be broad enough for a wide range of application.

Part 2: Business Driven PMO Success Stories

The last part of this book contains a list of numerous business problems that were successfully addressed by the PMO in various companies.


Attention is first given to research report statics that shows the following:

25% – PMOs fail within the 1st year

50% – PMOs fail by their 2nd year

75% – PMOs fail and are closed by their 4th year

Traditional inside-the-box thinking regarding PMOs causes them to fail. The Project Management community focus on people, process and tools and the typical roadmap for setting one up does not work. It is a means to the ends of the PMO versus a focus on the ends to be achieved by the PMO. Without knowing the business problem to be solved, a plausible solution can’t be found.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj40-Nov2015-Swan-PHOTORita Swan, PMP

Texas, USA



Rita Swan
, PMP Certified (September 2005) is an IT / SAP Project Manager with proven experience managing projects in numerous areas, including systems development, integration, business process reengineering, ERP implementations, creating ERP Centers of Excellence (COEs), data center consolidation and virtualization. She leverages a strong interpersonal skill set that encompasses solid relationship building and business management expertise across multiple industries and sectors.

Rita can be contacted at [email protected]


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