There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
CHAPTER LEARNING OBJECTIVES
After reading this chapter, you will be able to:
Describe a Project Support Office (PSO)
Understand the signs that you need a PSO
Know the missions, objectives, and structures of the PSO
Know the functions performed by the PSO
Know how to establish a PSO
Understand the challenges to establishing a PSO
Know how to grow and mature your PSO
Your organization has put a project management methodology in place, and teams are beginning to use it. However, you are not satisfied. Your expectation was that with everyone using a project management methodology, a higher percentage of projects would be successfully completed. So far there has been no measurable impact on project success. What can you do?
One of the most important organizational contributions to the success of project management has been the Project Support Office (PSO). It is established to support project teams and reduce the risk of project failure. The PSO has several different names and variations in terms of mission, objectives, functions, organizational structure, and organizational placement. These can become quite overwhelming for someone who is not familiar with the concept and its practice. In this chapter, I intend to help you understand ...