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Foundational Certification

Course Description

TT-IPMO certification is based on the upcoming book from AIPMO on “Project, Program, Portfolio and PMO techniques and tools” that focuses PPP professionals and PMO professionals and other technique-driven professions to understand, for the first time the important details behind ‘what exactly is a tool and what is a technique’. The course explains that not all techniques are equal, and some are basic techniques, others are a chain of techniques (hereafter called chains), and the third type is called a category of techniques (hereafter called CATs). All exist within a hierarchy identified by AIPMO. To help in the understanding of the complexities of PPP techniques and tools, AIPMO has built a techniques and tools framework within their PMO Lifecycle Framework (see below). This framework guides the professionals to determine the following:

·        What are Basic techniques, Chains, and CATs

·        How they should be selected and adapted for one or more PPPs

·        What are the considerations to carry out a pilot using one or more complex chains and CATs

·        Implementing steps to apply, and use, the techniques including the tools to support them.

Certified TT-IPMO will have demonstrated, through a combination of formal training and competency assessment, that they have an in-depth understanding of the definitions, types, and structures of PPP and PMO techniques and tools. They know the practices including how to identify the need, select, adapt, pilot, implement, use, and improve techniques and tools while taking a holistic techniques and tools topology view across – project types, the organization, and its partners.




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Teaching Approach

The training approach includes



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Team exercises

Team exercises, polls, breakout rooms


Group discussions

Group discussions on pertinent topics


Case study

Detailed case study Presentations and role play


Personal coaching

if time allows



1 hour, with 50 multiple choice questions

Your instructor: Robert Joslin


Robert Joslin is a professor at SBS Swiss Business School, program director for the MSc and MBA programs in “Strategy, Project Leadership, and PMOs,” and the chair of the SBS Swiss Business School “research advisory board.” He publishes books, book chapters, and research papers in the field of PMOs, leadership, project, program, and portfolio management. 

Robert presents academic and practitioner conferences and is a peer reviewer of the three research journals in project management and PMO management. Robert is the founder of AIPMO and is in the process of co-authoring an international “leading” standard on PMOs for AIPMO as well as six books that constitute a body of knowledge in the area of PMOs. He has 20 plus years of experience in designing, initiating management delivery of business transformation, reengineering, infrastructure, and strategy development. He has won national prizes for ideas and product innovation. He develops and designs enterprise PMOs using various frameworks including AIPMO’s Strategic Framework for PMOs and Portfolios, Programs, and Projects. He previously worked as a consultant in telecom, banking, insurance, manufacturing, military defense, and direct marketing. He also worked for McKinsey & Co, Logica, and his own consulting company.

Robert Joslin


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Strategy, Program and Project Management,
    Skema Business School
  • Bachelor of Engineering
    Durham University

    Contributions to leading practice

    • Project Management Methodologies
    • Governance and Success
    • PMO Principles and PMO Service Principles, 2ed
    • PMO Services and Capabilities, PMO, Portfolio, Program, and Project Competences
      (forthcoming), Association of International Project Management books


    • Course outline
    • AIPMO
    • Introductions
    • Certification path, Different levels of exam & Sample foundation questions
    • PMOs, T&Ts and success - the link
    • What research reveals (the average number of T&Ts known is only 10 for project managers and less for team members from a total of approximately 200) 
    • The shortfall in knowledge
    • The review, analysis and confusion
    • The path to understanding – frameworks, filters
    • The understanding and testing 
    • The book on Project, Program, Portfolio and PMO Tools and Techniques
    • Your role in the AIPMO T&T journey

    Definitions and a ‘Definition-Gap’ 

    The T&T hierarchy to aid understanding

    Tools- Generic and commercial

    Techniques – Basic, Chains and CATs

    Some Statistics on the types of techniques and tools

    Implications and importance of the findings

    • Introduction to the T&Ts Lifecycle Framework
    • Organizational strategy, EEF, PMO Vision, Mission, Strategy, Goals, Governance, Management, Continuous improvement, Adaptive alignment 
    • Definition of capability, service and how they are applied within the PMO context 
    • T&Ts Principle based Maturity Model and T&Ts Utilization Lifecycle
    • T&Ts Categorization & Implementation framework
    • Identify the need for T&Ts 
    • Selection and rational
    • Adaption - chains, CATs and generic tool structures 
    • Pilot, Implement, Apply & use, Monitor & Control
    • Background to the research findings on the determination of the top 30 T&Ts (Patanakul et al 2010) across project phases 
    • Discuss and review 

    Determining root cause(s) of project failures linking to T&T

    Overview of PMO Services 

    Managing and approving T&Ts

    Risks of outsourcing with respect to T&Ts 

    Building a T&Ts Set of Services

    T&Ts register 

    T&Ts maturity assessments

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You Ask, We Answer

    Who should attend

    • Project leaders, PMO managers, and project managers wishing to formalize and extend their existing techniques and tools knowledge
    • Any senior project stakeholder wishing or needing to be part of a project team and understand/take the lead on using a variety of techniques
    • Team leaders
    • Consultants and other professionals who need to deepen their knowledge
    • Team members looking to develop an understanding of the core of project management which is founded on tools and techniques so that they can best support their project managers
    • Sponsors of projects, who would like to learn more about which techniques and tools they need to know to be able to support their projects in the most effective way

    Key takeaways

    Able to apply the AIPMO techniques and tools framework including using the AIPMO filters to determine what is a generic tool, commercial tool, basic technique, CAT, and chain

    List the types of techniques – basic technique, a category of techniques (CAT), and chain of techniques (Chain)

    Demonstrate how to create a techniques and tools topology by project type, PPP, and across the organization

    Differentiate between generic and commercial tools and the risks associated with using them

    Apply the techniques and tools framework using a detailed case study based on a real project with exercises, role play, and management presentations

    Gain tips and tricks, experience, and best practice guidelines that relate techniques and tools

    Advise project managers on which techniques and tools should be applied at which phase within a project lifecycle

    Know how to build techniques and tools capabilities within your organization


    • 1 year plus experience in project and/or program management
    • Ideally a formal PM certification such as PMI’s CAPM®, PMP®, or Axelos’s Prince 2 Practitioner, or IPMA (Levels C or D), IPMO-F
    • Attendees should have a good working knowledge of project management processes, tools, and techniques
    • Educated to degree level or similar


    The online exam is run by AIPMO and moderated by the instructor at the end of the course.

    • Open book exam, 50 multiple choice questions 
    • Duration: 1 hour

    Attendees are notified by email of the results of the exam

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    Imagination… What we can easily see is only a small percentage of what is possible. Logistics through innovation, dedication, and technology.

    Marion Raven

    Imagination… What we can easily see is only a small percentage of what is possible. Logistics through innovation, dedication, and technology.

    Marion Raven

    Imagination… What we can easily see is only a small percentage of what is possible. Logistics through innovation, dedication, and technology.

    Marion Raven

    Imagination… What we can easily see is only a small percentage of what is possible. Logistics through innovation, dedication, and technology.

    Marion Raven

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