A PMO is a centre of expertise that facilitates focus on improving the management of projects, programmes and portfolios. While many organisations struggle along chaotically without a PMO (or with a feeble attempt at one), those that adopt a more professional slant to the way they operate and establish a professional PMO (not an admin centre!) are likely to harbour aspirations to build on their PMO foundations over time and provide a real value proposition to their organisation.
I encourage anyone who wishes to learn more about the value proposition of the PMO to read the following three part article by Gartner's Donna Fitzgerald.
Part One – Is it changing?
Part Two – How you define the value is important
Part Three – An example of a personal concept of value
About the author
Donna Fitzgerald focuses her research on strategies and approaches for using program and portfolio management as a way to create unique business value. As a Silicon Valley trained former CFO she brings firsthand experience with making the right investments at the right time in order to realize strategic benefits. As the former partner in a program management consulting firm she has also dealt with the complexities of delivering mission critical programs using an adaptive/agile approach.