12 September 2013

13 September sees the publication of the second edition of the P3O® Best Management Practice. I was lead author and therefore talk about the most frequently asked questions in this blog.

The question I get asked most frequently is "What's the ideal PMO?" My response is usually "One that only provides valued and value adding services to the organisation it sits within." This is not the answer people want.  They are often looking for a neatly drawn organisation chart, role descriptions, processes, templates and, just for good measure, a believable business case to justify its cost. I've even seen some delegates who expect to learn this mythical 'ideal model' on a P3O® certification course.

The truth of the matter is, each organisation requires its own 'ideal model'.

To determine the ideal model for an organisation, there are many variables to be taken into account. What is useful then, is an understanding of what these variables are, and the impact they have on the design (or redesign) and implementation of a P3O. The good news is, we don't need to start from a blank sheet of paper each time - this is where the P3O® Best Management Practice can help. The guide walks the reader through the key considerations. Without a structured approach to identifying the right P3O model for your organisation, could mean you end up with one of the 50% of P3Os which are shut down within 5 years of their implementation.

Like all investment in change (I feel a project or programme definition looming), it pays dividends to spend some time understanding why the investment is required, what outputs and outcomes the investment will deliver and how success will be measured.

Look out for a series of webinars that will provide an insight into how the guidance can assist those working in a P3O, those responsible for implementing/re-energising their P3O and those considering whether their organisation can benefit from a P3O.

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