Episode 2: Why do PMOs fail?

In episode 2 of Project Management TV, the panel discussed the vexed issue of ‘Why Project/Programme/Portfolio Management Offices (PMOs) fail‘.  It makes a lot of sense to have a PMO, right?  An office to: manage documentation templates; remind project managers of reporting cycles; a hub of project management best practice?  Surely everyone needs a PMO?  So why are PMOs often so short lived… what could possibly go wrong?  You can see what our panel had to say by watching the show below:

Our fabulous panel answering these questions has a wealth of PMO experience under their collective belt:

Dr David Fraser (@drdavidfraser) is a leading authority on relationship skills in professional and personal life and author of the award-winning book Relationship Mastery: A Business Professional’s Guide. He is Executive Director of Change for Leaders, an organization focused on organizational learning and leadership, and regularly speaks to audiences in the UK and the USA. David works with organizations and with individuals, focusing on the potential to leverage results everywhere in their lives. The effects are profound—quite simply life-changing. A professional engineer with a projects and programme management background, for example as Programme Director on the Type 45 Destroyer Programme, David is also a qualified commercial mediator and an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Trainer and has studied with leading proponents of these disciplines. He is involved in a number of not-for-profit initiatives. David and his wife and three children live in Glasgow, Scotland.

Lindsay Scott (@projectmgmt) is a Director at Arras People, the UK’s project management recruitment specialist since its inception in 2002. Previously Lindsay was Project Office Manager for Hewlett Packard and has carried on her enthusiasm for PMOs through her marketing manager role for the last ten years at the APM’s PMO SIG group. She is a regular blogger at How to Manage a Camel focused on recruitment and project management careers and a career columnist for PMI’s PM Network magazine. She is also currently editing a new handbook focused on people in project management due to be published by Gower in 2013. Lindsay enjoys discussions and debates about the career aspects of the project management profession and how to develop the profession in the future.


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