The PMO, the Project Management Office. The team within an organization which is responsible for delivering projects. Imagine the responsibility and burden on the PMO leader. From my experience running several PMOs it goes a little like this.... You are in charge of delivering the most critical, strategic projects for the organization and you need to do it with limited resources and limited organizational span of control.
I've also found through working with many clients and talking with peers, that starting or improving a PMO should be done by simplifying the approach. Simplify to get early wins, and then start to expand influence within your organization as you build trust through successful delivery.
Our approach follows the P - M - O process;
Define your Purpose. Measure your performance. Optimize your delivery. Seems so simple, yet many PMO Leaders today get distracted and lose focus on the blocking and tackling. When the PMO leader starts to sense that the PMO is slipping, they move into reactive mode. The internal, defensive instincts kick-in and become a distraction to the core P-M-O approach. Yes, there are many nuances to the details within the P-M-O Approach and most likely you'll need assistance to implement this successfully.
As with so many things in our fast paced lives, we need to call a timeout. We need to bring in someone who won't be distracted by the day to day political battles we encounter at work. We need to get back to the basics and re-examine if we are adding value to our organization. Take a deep breathe, and ask yourself are you following the P-M-O Approach when leading your PMO?