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Things Your PMO is Doing Wrong by Michael Hatfield

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CHAPTER 14

Frontal Assaults

The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.

—Niccolo Machiavelli

Active, open, and energetic opposition to your PMO's goals is something of a rarity. The widespread acceptance and acknowledgement of the validity of project management techniques makes such opposition a risky proposition. But over-the-top resistance, which I'll call a frontal assault, does occur, and the PMO professional must be prepared to overcome it.

Think of resistance to project management implementation as coming from three potential sources:

  • From within the PMO organization itself,
  • From within the macroorganization, ...

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