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East of England event: Leading Successful PMOs

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Posted by APM on 24th May 2011

Peter Taylor, formerly of Siemens and now with Infor, gave a passionate and insightful talk on modern Project Management Offices [PMOs] to the East of England branch recently. 

He described the many roles of good PMOs and highlighted that over 80% of companies now use PMOs, which normally report to EVP level in successful organisations, and are hence very influential.
PMOs can be supportive, controlling or directive, or even a blend of these 3 models, and need to be designed specifically for the organisations particular requirements.

They need to promote themselves within the organisation until they become fully accepted and extremely useful to all. PMO leaders need to be business leaders with a passion for projects and also agents for change.
Peter set up an enterprise level PMO at Siemens and implemented a Project Management Information System [PMIS] so that everyone could see the performance of every project and this visibility helped improve overall project performance!

He described the 5 Ps for PMO success that he focused on at Siemens: People, Process, Performance, Promotion and Project Systems, and showed how these aspects helped make the PMO successful and influential.

Peter wrote the Lazy Project Manager book and is about to launch his new book Leading Successful PMOs. We wish him every success with it.


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