Internal or External PMO

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    Christopher Twible

    Has anyone a firm view on creating an internal PMO lead or hiring externally. Often an external PMO resource won’t know the business and things take longer but there is a better structure and process around the change. On the other hand, a good internal resource seconded to the PMO lead knows the business well and can clear roadblocks easily. MAybe a combination of both is good but the cost is also a hindrance to external.

    Sultan Fatani

    On a recent transaction, we have capitalize on both, and it was important that the Consultant was involved during earlier stage of the transaction, hence familiarity with the nature of the deal was very crucial.

    Dustin Delewski

    I think a lot depends on the frequency of M&A for the company. If one of the main strategies for growth is through acquisitions, it makes sense to build an internal IMO bench and supplement that with external consultants if there is a knowledge gap on a particular deal, or if the deal is large and warrants more resources. Having an internal IMO team with knowledge of the nuances of the businesses, operations, processes, and teams is very valuable. All it takes is one unwitting external consultant to make bad assumptions about operations or about a process and things could go off the rails.


    I am in favor of internal PMO, although finding the right resource might not be easy and also freeing up that resource from day-to-day tasks. I think being an M&A PMO is a great opportunity to motivate and develop internal talent. Furthermore, this person can easily remove roadblocks. Consultants should be hired to support when needed but, in my opinion, the internal PMO should take the drivers’ seat.

    Laura Impelluso

    I would say it depends on the acquisition strategy, because if we are talking about acquiring a small company with no huge complexity, having an internal PMO might be sufficient to handle the integration process. If the acquisition take places with more complex companies, with hundreds or employees and in another country, the support of an external expert might help in having a smooth and quicker integration process

    Omar Solh

    From my experience, its good to have both internal and external support. In our case, we had an internal PMO team to help, and we hired an external consultant to facilitate some of the PMO activities, and provide support as needed. This allowed the work load to be balanced, especially when dealing with a portfolio of transactions.

    Ian Smith

    For me it needs to be led internally, however there is always a need for external support for specific needs (e.g. Tax). But looking specifically at the PMO/PMI it depends on the amount of transactions, size of transactions and the level of expertise within the business to take this on.

    Sean Mullin

    My prior experience has always been internal (from buy side doing several deals). I do think it is/should be based upon prior deal experience/size and if the proper personnel exist in the organization.

    Hamood Alhajri

    I think the transaction leader needs to be from internal side of the firm because as you mention he/she knows the business well and can clear roadblocks easily.

    Trevor Szutu

    I’m in favor of an internal PMO if the acquirer is or plans on being serial acquirer and they have integration knowledge in-house. If the acquisition is one off and the team doesn’t have a lot of experience integrating acquisitions I would recommend an external PMO.

    Tobias Schaller

    From my experience mixed teams bring the best results

    Abdulrahman Aloyoni

    I think having internal experience is important and having external experience is necessary to ensure the outputs in a professional and independent manner.

    Alison Wills

    In my opinion, internal PMO resources are preferred and have better results, because they are familiar with the business and can identify dependencies more easily. Also, many times they already have relationships with the individuals on the project, so they know which resources to reach out to for guidance when necessary.

    Matei Alexandru

    A mix of both is ideal in my view with the overall lead being internal to ensure key know-how is built internally and the approach is really tailored to the needs of the organisation while the external support allows both capitalising on best-practice knowledge as well as project management and more administrative support.

    David Desmet

    I think a mix of both is preferred. Typically, external PMO brings in more experience (from other similar projects, used to use PMO tools, used to work in a PMO way, etc.) where an internal PMO might have more credibility internally (knowing the people, the culture, etc.) Combining both might lead to the best results.

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