Book details

  • Publisher

    CRC Press

  • Date of

    September 22, 2010

  • Book size

    394 pages

  • Format

    Hardcover & Kindle


About the book

The second edition of this award-winning book provides step-by-step guidance on establishing and maturing a project management office (PMO). Brief and easy to read, this book covers the fundamental domains of PMO expertise, encompassing governance and portfolio management, optimizing resources, navigating organizational change, and measuring performance.

Recipient of the 2001 David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award by the Project Management Institute, the last edition introduced the concept of PMO as a strategic resource. This updated edition features reporting on cutting-edge research on the status and roles of today’s PMO, highlights best practices, and includes case studies of award-winning PMOs. It delves into the various aspects of planning and implementing the strategic PMO and provides readers with an assessment model for measuring PMO practice maturity.

AIPMO Review

Rating: 5.7 – “The Strategic Project Office” by J. Kent Crawford offers a comprehensive guide to establishing and managing strategic PMOs, targeting project managers, project office directors, their managers, and executives. The book covers essential areas such as governance, portfolio management, resource optimization, organizational change, and performance measurement. Despite its valuable insights and practical examples, the book’s theoretical framework may seem outdated by current standards, lacking integration with agility principles and addressing only six services.

The layout of the book, spanning ten chapters over 394 pages, is clear but hindered by black and white figures, which diminish their effectiveness. The inclusion of colored figures would have enhanced the design quality. Nonetheless, the author’s prominence in project management, particularly in project portfolio management (PPM), lends credibility to the content.

Real-life case studies enrich the reader’s understanding, but a lack of comprehensive overview limits its usefulness. While the book was once considered a valuable resource and earned its place in reference libraries, its relevance in 2024 may be open to question. A later edition with updates to address dated references and incorporate current best practices would be beneficial. Nevertheless, the book’s robust research and scholarly value remain evident through its citations and references, despite their dated nature.

In conclusion, “The Strategic Project Office” offers timeless insights into strategic PMOs but may require supplemental resources to align with contemporary project management practices.

AIPMO 10-point scale