Managing the PMO Lifecycle


managing-the-pmo-lifecycleBook Title:  Managing the PMO Lifecycle

Author:  Waffa Karkukly, Ph.D

Publisher:  Trafford Publishing

List Price:   $23.99 USD

Format:  soft cover; 190 pages

Publication Date:   2012     ISBN: 9781466968486

Reviewer:      Eldon J. Zorinsky, PMP

Review Date:              June 2013

Introduction to the Book

“Managing the PMO Lifecycle,” written by Waffa Karkukly, Ph.D examines what issues organizations need to consider and what steps to follow when setting up, building out and/or sustaining new or existing PMOs, regardless of whether the “P” in “PMO” refers to “Project,” “Program,” or “Portfolio;” this work is intended to serve as a reference guide on this topic.  The author discusses the factors that motivate organizations to consider implementing or modifying a PMO structure, the different functions, roles and responsibilities of various types of PMOs that are used at differing stages of organizational maturity, the benefits and issues related to utilizing a PMO approach and the diverse skill sets and support infrastructure that are needed to insure near-term acceptance as well as longer-term viability.   Survey results along with several case studies are also presented that provide organizational insights and practical examples of concepts the author discusses that demonstrate the advantages of using a PMO approach and that confirm both operational improvements and project successes. 

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is organized into seven chapters, the first of which provides a brief introduction to the concept of a “PMO lifecycle,” followed by a high-level overview of what is involved in the set-up, build-out and sustainability phases of the PMO.  The author then delves into the definitions and descriptions of various types of PMOs (“Project,” “Program” and “Portfolio”), their commonalities and their respective roles and responsibilities. The chapter concludes with a discussion of PMO authority and governance models, overall scalability and potential impacts on the organization both internally and externally.  


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About the Reviewer

flag-usaeldon-zorinksyEldon J. Zorinsky, PMP

Eldon Zorinsky is an experienced technology executive, program director, certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas who specializes in leading culturally diverse, geographically dispersed teams of technical and business professionals in the development and commercialization of new products and technologies.  He received his Doctor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Missouri at Columbia, MO and a Bachelor of Science degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.  He holds numerous patents in the areas of semiconductor devices and device isolation and over the course of his career, has successfully lead product and technology development and commercialization efforts that generated combined revenue of nearly $1B. Eldon is an active member of the Dallas Chapter of PMI and is currently serving as a volunteer with the Chapter’s Professional Development Group.  He is also a member of IEEE, The Engineering Management Society, AAAS, and The American Vacuum Society. Email: [email protected]

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