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description and outline.
Why have a Project Management Office (PMO)? There are many reasons. But creating a PMO is just the start. To stay relevant and continue to provide value to projects and the organization as a whole, a High Performance PMO is necessary.
Participants of this two-day workshop will gain relevant knowledge and skills to establish, operate, and improve a project management office (PMO) and to work with PMO staff and with project managers toward maximizing the value projects produce for the organization.
The course covers why establishing a PMO may (or may not) be necessary and how to properly position the PMO within the organization. The course also provides a framework for how to build a successful PMO and how to turn an existing PMO into a High Performing PMO.
The course provides participants with means to evaluate the performance of existing PMOs and equips participants with the ability to explore why PMOs may be underperforming, in order to apply a focused approach for action and turnaround.
This hands-on workshop engages participants at a ratio of 2:1, where 2/3 of the time is dedicated to discussions, conversations, activities, reviews and exercises, and 1/3 to lecture.
Who Should Attend
- Project Managers — both new to project management and experience project managers who want to interact effectively with PMOs
- Project team members
- Account managers
- Members of the PMO
- Anyone wishing to be more competitive in today’s job market
- Course workbook containing; presentation slides, reference book, case study, exercises, and sample solutions
- Sample project management and PMO templates (e.g., project charters, communication plans, etc.) provided in both hard‐copy within the course workbook and in MS Word format
- Reference files containing course specific and general project management materials
- Certificate of completion (framed for participants of in‐house workshops)
- A copy of the book Managing Stakeholder Expectations for Project Success (J. Ross, 2013), by Ori Schibi
Through group exercises and discussion, participants completing this workshop will be able to…
- Recognize the value a PMO can bring to an organization
- Identify different options available for PMOs within an organization
- Be clear on what a PMO should and should not be/do
- Align the appropriate PMO to your organization needs
- Understand common causes of PMO failure
- Clearly articulate the value of having a PMO for your organization
- Explain the value and advantages a PMO can have on the organization
- Define a road map to achieving an effective PMO
- Understand how PMO success should be defined and communicated to stakeholders
- Understand how the role of a PMO can/should grow and mature along with the organization
- Effectively build, manage and fix PMOs
This is an advanced course that requires participants to have completed a basic level project management course. We recommend Project Management Essentials: Part 1 — the Fundamentals (or similar course).