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Course Description

Governance and governance practices if designed and establish property, will increase the lowlihood of project success (Joslin 2016). Governance is an area that is poorly understood but has major implications not only to organizations meeting their stated objectives but also compliance within their industry. This course is based on project governance books/papers from Prof Ralf Müller and Professor Robert Joslin which have been written into the governance section of PM standards. The course walks you through the realm of governance, what it is based on and how to implement governance in the form of governance practices across the portfolio of programs, projects and PMOs. There are exercises and assignments that help to solidify your understand of the differences between management and governance in terms of principles, objectives, activates and much more which you can apply to your own organization. This should be a mandatory course for all PMO professionals because of their governance role in the PPP environment.




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  • Introductions
  • Course outline, Guidelines and training approach
  • Definition
  • Corporate governance, history and need
  • Principles and the impact on the organization
  • Difference between Principles and Values
  • Governance Principles vs Management Principles
  • Governance Objectives vs Management Objectives
  • Governance vs policies
  • Governance and Governance Practices
  • What is the difference between governance and management
  • Why it is important to understand governance and management
  • PMI’s and Axelos’ understanding of Governance
  • Role of the PMO in defining governance for PPP Examples of governance vs management activities
  • Impact of Governance on Project Success
  • Impact of Governance on Program Success
  • Impact of Governance on Portfolio Success
  • Method to establish your governance practices
  • Project governance         

Teaching Approach

The training approach includes




Team exercises


Group discussions


Case study


Personal coaching



I come from project management background and want to set a PMO. So the IPMO-P course was very important for me, and just perfect. It was good to have participants from different countries and different fields.

Faiçal Maiach
Project Manager. ICAD-KSA

I enjoyed attending the IPMO-P course and particularly liked case studies. We were guided by amazing instructor, and I found his tips particularly helpful. I also liked the framework and found it very useful! 

Ben Watson
Senior PMO Manager, John Lewis Partnership

This is one of my best trainings that I ever had. I feel that its practical I feel its hitting my areas that I want to improve. There were many ideas that I can apply and share it with my colleagues. Again this is a practical course that has increased my knowledge. 

Salahuddin Iskanderani
Project Engineer, Atmata

Who should attend

  • Project and program management professionals
  • Senior management, IT managers, portfolio, program and PMO managers/directors and PMO core team members
  • Consultants involved in projects/programs and organizational change 
  • Those responsible to define and implement governance practices in the organization

Key takeaways

Understand how PMOs fit into the world of projects, programs, and portfolios

Understand the benefits of viewing PMOs in terms of services Know what are PMO capabilities, and how they are constructed in terms of competencies, tools, and techniques

Understand the AIPMO framework and the phases and processes carried out by a PMO team member

Learn about the key PMO tools and techniques, including templates you can take back to your organization before they are published in AIPMO’s upcoming book on tools and techniques

Understand what are the key documents uses to establish, run, monitor, and control PMO and PMO Services

Be confident knowing what to do in common organizational PMO configurations


  • 6 months of experience in project management or PMOs 


The online exam is run by AIPMO, and moderated by a proctor from AIPMO 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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