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Top 15 PMO Books for Project and PMO Professionals

This article will provide a recommendation of 15 PMO books that project professionals can read or listen to.

What is PMO?

While there are different definitions and meaning of the phrase PMO, in most cases it refers to project management office and represents a special department in a company or organization that is responsible for defining, executing and maintaining standards and criteria for managing the 3Ps, projects, program and project portfolios within the company. – Read more!

In this article you can find a list of 15 PMO books that can help you better understand the essence of PMO.

The 15 PMO books below are listed in no particular order or rank criteria.

1. Leading Successful PMOs by Peter Taylor

About the Author:

Peter Taylor is seasoned business executive and experienced leader of commercial strategy and transformational change with TLPM, Ceridian, Aptos, BSI, Kronos/UKG, Infor, Cognos/IBM, in Manufacturing, Health, Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, Aerospace, Education, Finance, and Public Sector.

Content:

The book will guide all project based organizations, and project managers towards maximizing their project success from a PMO.

2. Business Driven PMO Success Stories: Across Industries and Around the World by Mark Price Perry

About the Author:

Mark Price Perry is a pioneer of the Business Driven PMO. Mark pioneered the concept of the Business Driven PMO and has become a recognized thought leader and sought after public speaker.

Content:

The book offers an understanding of the value of PMO and the knowledge project professionals need to determine the purpose of their PMO, as well as how to create a PMO that is best suited towards reaching their objectives.

3. The Project Management Office (PMO): A Quest for Understanding by Brian Hobbs, PhD, PMP and Monique Aubry, PhD, MPM

About the Authors:

Brian Hobbs holds a degree in Industrial Engineering, an MBA and a PhD in Management. He served terms on both PMI’s Standards and Research Members Advisory Groups and the PMI-Montreal Board of Governors. He received the 2012 PMI Research Achievement Award and with his colleague Monique Aubry received the 2012 International Project Management Association Research Award for their work on PMOs.

Content:

Because project management offices began to appear in organizations over the last years, project management professionals and their organizations are asking how to structure project management offices (PMOs) and what roles to assign them. In this book, authors answer these questions, providing a view of how PMOs exist today, and some keys about how and why they’re changing.

4. Business Driven PMO Setup: Practical Insights, Techniques and Case Examples for Ensuring Success by Mark Price Perry

About the Author:

Mark Price Perry is a Pioneer of the Business Driven PMO. Mark pioneered the concept of the Business Driven PMO and has become a recognized thought leader and sought after public speaker.

Content: 

Among many other books presenting traditional or program PMO, theoretical knowledge and concepts, this book points out practical experiences you need for better understanding and setting up the PMO.

5. The Agile PMO: Leading the Effective, Value Driven, Project Management Office (Business Agile Leadership) by Michael Nir

About the Author:

Michael Nir is an Lean Agile DevOps expert, best known for his passion, creativity and innovation. His Masters in Engineering, certification in Project Management and training in Gestalt balance his technical know-how with emotional intelligence.

Content:

The book reveals the secrets of the shocking truths about global PMO colossal failures and how to work your way around them.

6. The High-Impact PMO: How Agile Project Management Offices Deliver Value in a Complex World by Philippe Husser

About the Author:

Philippe Husser has 40+ years of experience in a variety of global-500 aerospace and automotive companies. He helps organizations to clarify their complex strategy and to realize their strategic initiatives in a volatile and uncertain world.

Content:

In this book you will learn survival lessons from successful PMOs that will advance your experience in the complex strategy, portfolio, and project management realm. You will explore and deal with nonlinearities, unpredictability, emergence, order and absence of order.

7. From PMO to VMO: Managing for Value Delivery by Sanjiv Augustine, Roland Cuellar and Audrey Scheere

About the Authors:

Sanjiv Augustine is an entrepreneur and consultant about agile management. He is also a well known author and holds a Scrum Trainer certification.  On top of that, Sanjiv is also a founder and advisory board member of the Agile Leadership Network, as well as a founding member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) ’s Agile Community of Practice.

Roland Cuellar has helped many large companies and organizations move towards “agile” in his career as a senior VP of business agility at LitheSpeed.

Audrey Scheere, senior VP of marketing and training at LitheSpeed, has been a project consultant for ten years, focusing on media and communications.

Content:

The new agile methods have brought dramatic changes in how organizations manage and deliver products and service streams As legacy organizations are forced to transition to the new agile way of doing this, the Project Management Office (PMO) needs to redesign its mission and operations in line with the new way of working. This book will provide insights and examples to help manage the PMOs value delivery in the new era.

8. The PMO Lifecycle: Building, Running, and Shutting Down by Mr. Wiliam Down

About the Author:

Bill Dow, PMP, is a an author of several books and recognized project management expert by the Project Management Institute (PMI) for developing and managing PMOs.

Content:

This book will provide PMO Managers, Portfolio, Program and Project Managers with the knowledge and skills needed to create, operate and close a PMO.

9. The Tactical Guide for Building a PMO by Mr. Wiliam Down

About the Author:

Bill Dow, PMP, is a an author of several books and recognized project management expert by the Project Management Institute (PMI) for developing and managing PMOs.

Content:

While this book has been replaced with the “PMO Lifecycle: Building, Running, and Shutting Down”, it is still an excellent read that covers all grounds and pays attention to details on how to create, manage and shut down a PMO.

10. Advanced Project Portfolio Management and the PMO: Multiplying ROI at Warp Speed by Mr. Gerry Kendall and Steven Rollins

About the Authors:

Gerald I. Kendall, PMP, is an expert with over 30 years of related experience and is President of consulting company MarketKey, Inc., that  is specialized in the project management field. He is also an author,  public speaker, management consultant, a trainer and an active member of PMI.

Steven C. Rollins, MBA, PMP, is a famous leading expert in Enterprise Program & Project Management Office, and he is co-founder of the PMOUSA Network.

Content:

This book presents an extensive road map for the achievement of significant company strategies and remarkable project management results. It provides methods and measurement for optimal PPM and PMO for fast increase of project ROI.

11. The Project Management Office (PMO) as a pop-up shop: Fast, flexible and structured value for projects & programs with a PMO by Mertine Middelkoop

About the Author:

Mertine Middelkoop is a facilitator, coach and trainer.

Content:

This book will give you answers to a lot of questions related to project management and PMO as a part of big enterprises. Additionally. it provides a possible scenario to get to your own pop-up PMO roadmap and career.

12. PMO Governance: Practical Strategies to Govern Portfolio, Program, and Project Delivery by Eugen Spivak

About the Author:

Eugen Spivak is a well-known industry expert in corporate governance, consulting and management. Eugen has managed a lot of portfolios and projects in a different industries during his career.

Content: 

The book is written from a business-transformation perspective, offering a plenty of specific recommendations, practical tips, and effective advice on building and improving PMO.

13. How the Project Management Office Can Use Artificial Intelligence to Improve the Bottom Line by Paul Boudreay

About the Author: 

Paul Boudreau, MBA, PMP, is project management professional, highly respected and recognized. He is mainly involved in the technology industry with his broad project management experience.

Content:

Project management and artificial intelligence (all the benefits and avoiding obstacles). This book is a idealistic description and practical guide of how AL will disturb project management and how the PMO can handle it with making the competitive advantage for the company.

14. The Complete Project Management Office Handbook (ESI International Project Management Series) by Gerard M. Hill

About the Author:

Gerard Hill is the leader of Hill Methods, LLC, and has more than 20 years experience in project management practice, design and implementation, integration of information systems, and engineering of business process.

Content:

This book enlarges the concepts and discussions of modern project management into the realm of project management control, oversight, and support. “The Complete Project Management Office Handbook” – Third Edition describes how to use the PMO as a business integrator to influence project outcomes.

15. The Strategic Project Office: A Guide to Improving Organizational Performance (PM Solutions Research) by J. Kent Crawford

About the Author:

Kent Crawford is Co-founder and Co-CEO of PM Solutions & PM College, the global project management consulting, training, and research firm.

Content:

The last book in our 15 PMO books list describes the design, initiation, execution, and control of a strategic project office, and provides step-by-step procedure for establishing a PMO.

Summary:

We hope that the 15 PMO books in this article will help you to better understand the PMO, its structure and help you to create your own strategic approach in creating and operating a PMO that best fits your environment and needs.

If you have a book recommendation that would you like to see included in this article, you can send your suggestions at contact@ppmcore.com.

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