Book details

  • Publisher

    Independently published

  • Date of
    Publishing

    September 24, 2022

  • Book size

    207 pages

  • Format

    Paperback & Kindle

Rating

About the Book

The PMO Magic Megabook is a comprehensive guide on Project Management Office (PMO) best practices and is a guide for individuals and organizations looking to establish or improve their PMO. The book covers the essential elements of PMO, including its definition, purpose, and benefits, as well as the critical success factors for both implementation and ongoing operation.  
The book offers detailed guidance on setting up a PMO, from conducting a PMO assessment to defining its governance structure and processes. It addresses PMO roles and responsibilities, metrics and performance reporting, tools and techniques, and risk management.  
Moreover, the book includes practical examples illustrating how a PMO can drive project success, enhance organizational efficiency, and achieve business objectives. It also features a section on PMO leadership, highlighting the importance of leadership skills and offering tips for PMO leaders to effectively manage their teams.

AIPMO Review

Rating: 4.5 – The PMO Magic Megabook is authored by Ken Martin, who has over a decade of publishing history and a strong reputation in the community. He has authored numerous titles under the OnePage Magic framework, demonstrating significant influence and engagement.
The book offers a unique format with 58 tables of checklists covering key PMO/PPM topics. Each topic is summarized on a single page, followed by a table of key questions. Notably, these large tables span the entire vertical page, requiring the reader to rotate the book 180 degrees to read the small text, which is further challenging in the Kindle version where rotation isn’t possible.
The topics in checklists are briefly summarized without explanatory text, assuming prior knowledge. This format may serve as a useful tool for PMO managers or project leaders addressing organizational maturity or as a memory prompt for experienced professionals. However, its lack of detailed content could leave readers with additional questions rather than answers. The points for consideration appear to be based on the author’s experience, but there is no evaluative commentary or cited references to convince the reader of their validity. With minimal explanatory text, its usefulness is limited for less experienced managers since there is no discussion, guidance, or advice on implementation.
The content is presented as ‘best practice,’ but no sources are identified. The value of this book lies in consolidating these checklists in one place; however, it does not present any new developments in the field. The tables and readability in both the hard copy and Kindle formats could be improved, as they currently make the book difficult to read. Consequently, the book scores low on standardized scales, although it may be useful for experienced managers with some pre-existing background knowledge as a reference for benchmarking, prompting further thinking, or checking completeness.

AIPMO 10-point Scale