What would be the best group of metrics to use to measure PMO value in services organization? What do you use in your org,if any? By this I am talking about more of the soft metrics like repeat customers, showing how a defined process helped the sale of a service, etc.?
The first metric is at least 10 times more important than any of the others.
Does it fulfill the company's strategic mission? If the company doesn't know why it created a PMO, then the PMO should be shut down. Someone else will quote the precise number but if I recall correctly 90% of PMO's fail in 3 years, largely because they serve no strategic objective. *Update: This observation is informed by Mark Perry of BOT International. His podcasts emphasize this point. I regret not attributing it to him; took me a bit of digging to find the right citation.
Rate of project closure. What % of projects are closed successfully by the PMO (Close can include "killed off before it becomes a zombie project")
- % of effort devoted to project deliverables vs effort devoted to project documentation. (In theory those who work with the PMO will spend more time on the project deliverable and less time on paper churning.)
- Quality of project documentation - is the project documentation consistent across projects? does it meet quality standards? (difficult to measure in a non-PMO environment. Perhaps use the number of revisions as a proxy).
- Total value of successful projects delivered that align with enterprise strategic goals.
- Portfolio metrics - randomly this was published the same week the question was asked; I felt compelled to include it for reference.