• Publisher

    TSO, The Stationery Office

  • Date of

    September 13, 2013

  • Book size

    232 pages

  • Format

    Paperback & Kindle


About the book

The book “Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices” offers insights on how to create tailored governance and support structures for managing portfolios, programs and projects. It provides guidance for building a business case, and funding models for set-up and ongoing costs. Different types of office are considered, together with the roles and services that may be carried out.

The book: 

  • Defines the principles, processes and techniques of effective P3Os
  • Discusses the value of P3Os and performance measures
  • Includes real-world examples and case studies
  • Describes typical lifecycles of P3O models
  • Extends the guidance within PRINCE2, MSP, MoP, MoV and M_o_R

This publication serves as a manual from which the syllabus and the examinations are set and supports the P3O qualification.

AIPMO Review

Rating: 6.5 – The book by Axelos on Project, Program and Portfolio Office (P30) combines a practical approach with a design quality that significantly enhances reader engagement. The use of a consistent color scheme and the clear organization of the book’s supplementary material, such as appendices and glossaries, exemplify a high-quality physical and digital presentation. However, the extensive use of bullet points, while not detracting significantly from the overall design, suggests that a more streamlined approach could further improve the reading experience.

When it comes to the relevance of the content, the book offers a good foundation on PMOs, yet it does not fully capture the dynamic nature of current PMO practices, as its last major content revision was in 2013. This could limit its effectiveness for professionals seeking to apply the latest PMO concepts and frameworks.

The book’s readability is adequate, presenting its concepts in defined sections. However, the reliance on bullet points and a base level of prior knowledge means it might not be the most approachable resource for novices in the field. Additionally, the absence of a PMO lifecycle model could make the practical application of the book’s teachings more challenging for readers.

The book’s structure and clarity are particularly suitable for those with existing knowledge of the field, ready to integrate the detailed concepts into practice. However, for novices, the book’s format might prove challenging, as it presupposes a certain level of pre-existing expertise without offering the narrative connectivity necessary to bridge the gap between theory and practical application.

While the book originally offered fresh insights into PMO management, its content now reflects well-established industry knowledge, limiting its innovative perspective. Case studies, though supportive, could benefit from additional detail, diminishing their effectiveness as learning tools. Additionally, the book’s value is somewhat restricted by outdated concepts, given that the main content was published in 2008, with the portfolio section added in 2013.

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