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P3O® (Portfolio, Programme & Project Offices) Foundation Certification


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P3O® (Portfolio, Programme & Project Offices) Foundation Certification

Duration: 3 Days


A PRINCE2 Foundation certificate is recommended.

Course Description:
Around the world, there are many organizations in both the public and private sectors, who recognize that their portfolio, programme and project management is best supported through a delivery support office. PRINCE2®, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®), Management of Portfolio’s (MOP®) and Management of Risk (M_o_R®) all touch on the need to provide adequate support structures. P3O® provides a single source of information for guidance or advice on setting up or running an effective delivery support office. 
Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) is a Best Management Practice certification that brings together a set of principles, processes and techniques to facilitate effective portfolio, programme and project management through enablement, challenge and support structures.

Course Objectives:
The purpose of the P3O® 2013 Foundation course, is that the candidate learns the: 
•    High-level P3O® model and its component offices 
•    Differences between Portfolio, Programme and Project Management 
•    Key functions and services of a P3O® 
•    Reasons for establishing a P3O® model 
•    Differences between types of P3O® model and the factors that influence selection of the most appropriate model 
•    Processes to implement or re-energize a P3O® 
•    Tools and techniques used by a P3O® 
•    Purpose and major responsibilities of the defined roles 

Intended Audience:

P3O Foundation is suitable for members of offices within a P3O model or anyone who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning P3O and those wishing to pursue higher level certifications. 

Course Outlines:

The course will cover the following topics: 

1. Introduction

  • Organizational Context 
  • What is the purpose of P3O®?
  • Definitions
  • What are P3O®s
  • Portfolio, programme and project lifecycles
  • Governance and the P3O®

2. What is a P3O®?

  • P3O® Models and Functions and Services
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Sizing / Tailoring Guidelines

3. Why have a P3O®

  • Value Proposition and Getting the Investment
  • The Identify Stage of the “Implement a P3O®” project
  • Develop the Business Case and Overcome the barriers

4. How to implement or re-energize a P3O®

  • Lifecycle of the P3O® project
  • Definition, Implementation and Closure
  • Post Implementation
  • The temporary Support Office

5. Tools & Techniques

  • Tools and Techniques
  • How to use them
  • Benefits of using Standard Tools & Techniques