The Best Project Office Books

Posted by Kevin Brady on Mon 15th February 2010 at 04:19 PM, Filed in Programme ManagementMSP(managing successful projts)PMOBook Reviews

Last week I had a coffee with an old friend and we got onto the subject of P3O and how important this APMG qualification is currently and how overtime it is only going to become more important as the numbers of organisations setting-up or considering the set-up of Project Office’s, Programme Office’s or Portfolio Office’s (P3O) increases.

The growing problem at the moment is a shortage of experienced PO professionals available for recruitment combined with the lack of a comprehensive best practice book / methodology to make these ambitions a reality. In my view such a book should try to answer the following questions:-

  • How to write a PO business case?
  • How to sell a PO business case?
  • How to design a PO?
  • What are the different PO models together with their Pros and Cons?
  • Are there any PO methodologies.?
  • What are the different PO processes and sub processes?
  • How do you embed PO processes?
  • Strategic issues surrounding PO success and failure?
  • What really world PO cases studies are around to support answers to the above?

At present nothing exists which answers all the above points. However, the following list of favorite PO Book favorites answers most of the above if your prepared wade through the following:-

If your in the business of training P3O or you are about to embark on your first PO design / set-up then I would buy as a must the first 4 books listed above.

 

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