Trends in PMO's
Paul D Giammalvo, Professor and Consultant, Indonesia
Sorry but I have yet to see any truly "successful" PMO's and I seriously doubt I ever will.
Why not? Because in an OWNER organization projects are nothing more than the means to an end. In owner organizations, projects are COST or INVESTMENT centers, not profit centers, as they are for CONTRACTORS. For owner organizations, the focus is not on the project but on the PRODUCT of the project- what the project was undertaken to achieve or accomplish. In the oil and gas sector, of the 20 or so financial attributes used to analyze a project, the COST of the project ranks towards the bottom.
Because owner organizations are more focused on the product than they are on the project itself, most see little or no reason to spend even more money on a PMO in order to track and report on the project.