The Program Management Office Advantage

A Powerful and Centralized Way for Organizations to Manage Projects

The Program Management Office Advantage

Authors: Lia Tjahjana, Paul Dwyer, PMP, Mohsin Habib, Ph.D
Pub Date: September 2009
Print Edition: $34.95
Print ISBN: 9780814438473
Page Count: 288
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814414286

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Are the project managers in your organization scrambling for people, time, and funding? Are they wasting effort on overlapping projects—or the wrong projects altogether? Maybe your organization is plagued by cost overruns, delays, and cancellations? Program Management Office (PMO) is the newest solution to the challenge of how to effectively manage complex, concurrent projects.

As a single office responsible for overseeing all of an organization’s projects, PMO goes well beyond the traditional scope of project management, adding a new level of efficiency, accountability, and strategic oversight. Now you can put the enormous benefits of PMO to work in your organization with the strategies and tools in The Program Management Office Advantage. This all-in-one resource helps you:

• Evaluate the pros and cons of establishing PMO in your organization, and prepare a cost-benefit analysis to justify your decision.

• Set up a world-class PMO from scratch, overcoming resistance from internal project managers and outside vendors.

• Determine where to locate the PMO in your organization’s structure for optimal interaction.

• Build a customer-centric approach to helping your project teams achieve their goals.

• Set detailed guidelines for managing vendors and contractors, and maintain a database of pertinent information on each.

• Implement a five-step knowledge-harvesting process to ensure that all project documentation is collected and stored.

• Train your project managers in PMO best practices to continually improve your organization’s performance.

• Select the projects that best serve your company’s goals and align with its strategy.

• Use a gateway review at each stage of a project to ensure that results are delivered, budgets are approved, and resources are available.

From quickly getting projects off the ground to consistently measuring results to successfully leading the department, The Program Management Office Advantage gives you the latest, most effective PMO strategies and tools—in an easy-to-understand format that lets you put the information to work immediately.

Lia Tjahjana has more than seven years of project management experience in various industries, including finance and construction, both in the public and private sectors. An entrepreneur, she also has had experience with establishing and running an online business. She has a Master of Liberal Arts in Management from Harvard University, a Master of Engineering Science in Project Management, and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She lives in Boston.

Paul Dwyer, PMP, has been involved in project management in the financial services industry for over ten years. He has worked for many Fortune 500 companies, implementing high-profile information technology projects across multiple organizations, both on- and offshore. A senior development manager for Fidelity Investments, Paul is also president of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce United States, New England Chapter, a trade organization based in Boston, and he runs their small business incubator center in the city’s financial district. Paul holds a degree in Computing Science from the University of Ulster, and is a certified Project Management Professional. He lives in Boston.

Mohsin Habib is associate professor of management at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He teaches Strategy and International Management at the University of Massachusetts and the Harvard University Extension School. He has been involved with executive education seminars on strategy for management groups in the United States and abroad. His current research interest focuses on strategy, competition, and sustainable development, especially for developing markets. He has presented his findings in numerous conferences, and has been published in reputed journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He lives in Boston.

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