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


pmwj19-feb2014-hessler-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  Business Driven PMO Success Stories – Across Industries and Around the World
Author:  Mark Price Perry
Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing
List Price:   US$49.95          Format:  hard cover; 388 pages
Publication Date:   2013     ISBN: 9781604270761
Reviewer:      Michelle Hesler, PMP
Review Date:              December 2013

Introduction to the Book 

The book offers insight and perspective on why Project Management Offices (PMOs) fail and offers a new philosophy on setting up a PMO that is driven by specific business needs, fulfills a mandate, achieves a defined set of objectives and can be measured for business value to the stakeholders.  This is different from the typical and most well-known philosophy of setting up a PMO that is aligned to general standards of program and project management practice.  The author also provides a variety of PMO success stories from various industries, sizes and types of PMOs.

Overview of Book’s Structure 

The book is divided into two parts –

  • Part 1: Business Driven PMO Insights and Techniques
  • Part 2: Business Driven PMO Success Stories. 

Part 1 is divided into three sections:

  • Section 1: PMO Mandate – which describes why PMOs fail and gives techniques for establishing a PMO mandate.
  • Section 2: PMO Business Acumen – which describes project, portfolio and methodology acumens among others.
  • Section 3: PMO Future – which describes PMO Domain and PMO manager career paths. 

Part 2 is made up of 27 different PMO Success Stories.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

The author provides a very distinct and convincing view for setting up a PMO based on business driven needs no matter the type of PMO whether it be an enterprise wide PMO or a smaller PMO for a specific division of a company.  There are very clear examples on why PMOs fail when they are simply based on project management tools, techniques and processes without any link to company objectives or needs.  There are also very clear examples of PMOs that succeed when they are set up with a flexible adaptation of project management tools, techniques and processes with clear goals and objectives aligned to the business strategy. 


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About the Reviewer

flag-usapmwj16-nov2013-hessler-Summary - IMAGE 2 AUTHORMichelle Hesler, PMP             

Texas, USA

Michelle Hesler, PMP is a Project Management professional with over 15 years’ experience in delivering software applications targeted to ERP and Financial Systems with a proven track record of managing projects and teams in varying degrees of size and maturity level.  She started as a practicing CPA auditor, evolving into the role of Assistant Controller for a major credit card bank where she was introduced to the world of Project Management to implement the organization’s ERP system.  Since then, she was a leading IT Project Manager for Pepsico, Inc and currently is employed with Essilor of America (leading manufacturer of prescription lenses) as an IT Project Manager.  She is a member of the Dallas Chapter of PMI.

Michelle lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, daughter and son and enjoys outdoor activities, house remodeling, reading and traveling.  Email:  [email protected]