A compendium of PMO case studies – reflecting project business concepts


pmwj28-nov2014-Rao-BOOK COVERBook Title: A compendium of PMO case studies – reflecting project business concepts
Authors: Dennis Bolles and Darrel Hubbard
Publisher: PBMconcepts, USA
Publication Date: 2012
List Price: US $29.20
Format: Paperback; 404 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0985848408
Reviewer: Raju Rao, PMI Cert OPM3-P, SCPM, PMP
Review date: October 2014

Executive Summary

This book has chronicled numerous case studies of PMOs from diverse sectors. It is based on the concept of Project Business Management which has been propounded earlier by the authors. Case – studies have been analyzed and responses from the survey participants have been documented. The findings could be   used by consultants or practitioners to enhance project management maturity in organizations.

Project Business Management

This book is an addendum to the books already published by the authors on ‘Building Project Management Centers of Excellence’ and ‘Power of Enterprise Wide Project Management’ where they introduced the concept of Project Business Management. Through explicit case studies it can help in providing practitioners with sufficient examples in various situations to enable them to use them while standardizing and improving project and program management practice in organizations.

The earlier project management center of excellence model with components of Authorization, Standards, Education and Readiness it has evolved into an Enterprise wide PMO of Excellence model with components of Governance, Standardization, Capability and Execution. This has further grown to the Project Business Management Organization Model with components of Governance, Methodology, Capability, Planning and Execution.

The value from this book

The most interesting and useful part of this book is the research result presented in Chapter 6 Section III. Apart from classifying data in terms of demographic data, industries, products and services, PMO, etc., an analysis has been done in terms of contextual responses. This latter approach could be quite useful to practitioners and consultants who are implementing or improving PMOs in organizations. The analysis include views from the business angle i.e. vision, mission and goals, PMO Innovation and Best Practices, Impact on organizations and value added to them. Comments have also been made relating to governance, methodology, Capability, planning execution, PBM Office (PMO) and sustainability.


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About the Reviewer

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Chennai, India 

Raju Rao, PMP, SCPM, OPM3 Cert Professional is Founder and Principal consultant – Xtraplus Solutions, a PM consulting and training company based in Chennai, India. Mr Rao has a B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras, India; an Advanced PM certificate from Stanford University; and a certificate from IIM Calcutta. He has about 40 years’ experience in engineering, process and project management and has been an active member of PMI for several years. He held leadership positions in both the 1st and 2nd edition projects of OPM3 and has been involved in development of several PMI standards and awards. Mr Rao has been a visiting and adjunct faculty for engineering and business schools in India. He has presented numerous papers in global congresses and is the coauthor of two books – Project Management Circa 2025 published by PMI and Organizational Project Management published by Management Concepts, USA. Raju has been a President of South India section of AACE International and is the founder of the Indian Project Management Forum. Raju Rao lives in Chennai, India and can be contacted at [email protected] 

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