Introduction to the Project Management Office Overview

This one day, practical course is designed to guide organizations who are thinking of establishing a PMO to an office that is tailored to meet the project management needs of your particular circumstances.

Students of the course will be invited to assess their organizations’ current project management maturity and determine what benefits they need to deliver for the PMO to be deemed a success.

Once the goals of the PMO have been established, you will be guided through the steps needed to establish a business case for the PMO and ultimately, to create a PMO Charter.

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  • Skill Level
  • Duration
    • 1 Day
  • Support
    • Tutor on call
    • Exam simulator
  • Assessment
    • 7.5

Course Description

  • Define the basic concepts – projects and project management
  • Determine the organization-level concerns related to project management
  • Appreciate the lack of consensus over PMO definition
  • Identify the areas where a PMO can provide support
  • Decide if a PMO is needed and if you are in a position to set one up
  • Use a seven-stage model to create your PMO
  • Recognize the skills needed to staff a PMO
  • Determine what factors to include in your initial PMO budget
  • Measure progress suing appropriate metrics
  • Identify five main causes of PMO failures and realize that failure rates are high

This course is aimed at executives and potential PMO Managers who are considering the establishment of a PMO in their organization.

A good, general appreciation of project management principles would be an advantage, but not essential.

  • The gap between front-line project management and executive-level concerns
  • The problems relating to projects and resources that need addressing
  • How work is organized
  • Functions a PMO can provide:
    • Project management training
    • Templates and standards
    • Project management department
    • Resource management
    • Strategy alignment
    • Selecting projects
  • A maturity model view of the PMO
  • Are you ready for a PMO?
  • PMO critical success factors
  • Seven step implementation model
    • SWOT analysis exercise
    • Vision, mission and goals exercise
    • Road map exercise
  • Skills requirements
    • Organisation chart exercise
    • RACI chart exercise
    • Career development paths
    • PMO training requirements
  • PMO costs
  • PMO metrics
  • PMO maturity assessments
  • Why PMO's fail

To apply for this course, you need to be:

  • Proficient in both written and verbal English. In other words, if English is not your first language, you must have a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band, or the equivalent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.
  • Reasonable numerate – i.e. understand basic arithmetic. Thus we require learners to have at least a Junior Certificate, or equivalent.
  • Computer literate. To access our learning management systems and virtual classroom-based courses, you need to be comfortable with basic information and communications technology. You are also expected to provide their own computer equipment to access our learning systems.

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Your career is a journey, and you’ll need to stay relevant as the profession evolves and as the needs of employers grow and change. Maintaining your PMI® certification is a significant competitive advantage. It keeps you relevant and helps you better position yourself as the answer to a company's demand.

To keep your certification and keep you relevant and competitive for employer demanded skills, you’ll need to participate in professional development activities, and earn and report professional development units (PDUs.) The goal is to ensure that your certified competencies stay relevant and up to date.

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