Review PMO Principles

aipmo-logo-1PMO Principles is the first AIPMO book and is written by Eileen J Roden, Dr Robert Joslin and Dr Ralf Müller. This book belongs to a series of seven books used by AIPMO to support you when designing or running a PMO:

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  • PMO Services and Capabilities
  • Project, Program, Portfolio Principles
  • Latest Research on Single to Enterprise-Wide PMOs
  • From Single to Enterprise-Wide PMOs
  • PMO Standard (AIPMO’s Body of Knowledge)
  • PMO techniques and tools

The principles explained in this book are the foundation for all services and behaviors of those that work within it. See for the services the book PMO services and capabilities.

Besides chapters about principles in general and levering the value of PMO principles the book explains in detail the seven core principles for a PMO. Each principle is universal, self-validating and empowering:

  • Principle 1: Sponsorship; e.g. senior management sponsorship and engagement
  • Principle 2: Alignment; e.g. governance alignment
  • Principle 3: Transparency; e.g. consistent, accurate, timely and transparent information
  • Principle 4: Challenge; e.g. trusted challenge partner to drive value
  • Principle 5: Adjustment; e.g. adaptive capabilities and services
  • Principle 6: Exemplar; e.g. leads by example
  • Principle 7: Improvement; e.g. continuous improvement mindset

According to the authors these seven principles are the core principles and can be used to build upon e.g. add in other relevant principles. E.g. I would add Energy (facilitates an energized change culture) as an extra principle. If there isn’t an energized change culture the PMO can never be successful.

I often see principles in groups of 3, 5 or 7. Not sure if that was in the author’s minds when writing the book, because there was one more, in my opinion very important, principle described but not highlighted as a principle. At the end of the book you can find “the PMO will need to understand the environment in which they work to determine where they have the opportunity to lead change, and where they are merely managing within the existing framework.”

Conclusion. A small and easy to read booklet. It’s a must read for every PMO staff or PMO stakeholder and helps to understand when a PMO can be successful. Mature Project Managers apply all principles. Axelos’s P3O and the PMO Value Ring don’t cover principles.

This book can be seen as the ‘sister’ of one of the other books of AIPMO: Project, Program, Portfolio Principles. In a next post you will find a review of that book.

To order (Amazon): PMO Principles book

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