PMO's & McDonalds
June, 2021 – Guy Thorpe – (3 min read)
What do PMO’s and McDonald’s burgers have in common?
It’s long been rumoured that to save costs McDonald’s uses ground worms as filler in their beef patties. This rumour dates back to 1978 but still regularly does the rounds on the internet and social media still today.
As McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc noted when these rumours first arose, it didn’t even make sense from a financial standpoint.
Ray commented, “We couldn’t afford to grind worms into our meat, Hamburger beef costs a dollar and a half a pound, and nightcrawlers (worms) six dollars.”
So what’s the parallel to PMO’s?
The frequently shared statistic that “75% of PMOs will close within 3 years” is often used in #PMO circles to raise alarm bells of impending doom. Unfortunately, it’s been cited so often it’s become a fact that nobody bothers to check anymore.
But here’s the McDonalds moment….
Not all PMO’s are the same, the P in PMO can simply mean supporting a singular Programme or Project which aims to successfully deliver and close down within a 3 year period.
This stat originates from 2006 (Stanleigh) so quoting it 15 years on also makes about as much sense as worms in our Big Mac’s.
Read this amazing article from Janick Wrona which debunks this myth: