AIPMO IPMO-Expert Certification (IPMO-E)

The International Project Management Officer (IPMO)® is the most important industry-recognized certification series for PMOs. There are three levels of certification reflecting the level of competency: Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert.

Certified IPMO Experts have demonstrated, through a combination of formal training and competency assessment, that they have an in-depth understanding of PMO principles and practices including the design, implementation, and operation of complex topologies of enterprise wide-PMOs.

Expert Certification in PMO – IPMO-E©

Since project management offices began to appear in organizations, academic researchers, project management practitioners and their organizations have been asking how best structure project management offices (PMOs), what roles, functions and leadership styles should they adopt to provide the maximum value.

Less than 33% of PMOs reach the full potential which indicates a limited understanding in how PMOs should be defined not only at the project, program and portfolio levels, but also with organizational enterprise PMOs, departmental, divisional and research PMOs. There is virtually no experience nor understanding how to design topology for a networked set of PMOs to address organizational issues irrespective of industry, organization type and size, that optimally supports the organizational needs of today, and tomorrow.

This course brings together the latest in academic research and best practices across the project, program and portfolio (strategic) areas into a PMO framework based on the AIPMO® standard that will allow the attendee to understand the building blocks of project, program and portfolio management, success factors, success criteria, PMOs types, assessment of the current PMO setups in terms of SWOT and then a roadmap to strategically design and implement a topology of networked PMOs to ensure PMO alignment to organizational needs. Furthermore, strategic PMO capabilities can extend beyond the traditional functions of project, program, and portfolio and into the realm of organizational and transformative change for sustainment of strategic business execution excellence.

As a PMO expert, you will be able to assess PMOs in operation within the context of your organization, the project types they support, appropriate leadership styles, PMO functions including their ability to act as catalysts to knowledge sharing units that seed and support innovation groups whilst understanding the risks associated with long-term PMO performance. In doing so, will you will have an opportunity to find out why some PMOs might perform below expectations, what are the drivers for change, as well as learn how to improve individual and collective PMO performance in an organization to achieve maximum business value. You will be able to design and establish an enterprise-wide PMO strategy based on a PMO topology concept – modeled to your organization environment and from this develop your PMO services and capabilities based on the ‘Group PMO services and capabilities catalog’. You will also understand the content and purpose of key PMO document deliverables both at the group level and at individual PMO levels. Key documents from the course will be provided so you can use them immediately at your workplace to allow a quick start in building and running high performing enterprise-wide PMO organization.

Who Should Attend

  • PMO Directors
  • PMO Managers and advanced PMO Core team
  • Senior project/program management professionals
  • Senior consultants (involved in projects and/or organizational change)
  • Project/program/portfolio managers with expertise in PMOs

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the value of the AIPMO Lifecycle framework and how to apply it
  • Know how to create an enterprise PMO Strategy and then to implement it
  • Work-through your PMO related organizational issues, develop a high-level PMO topology for your organization and get expect feedback on the process and outcome
  • Describe the different roles of PMOs in a single and networked context and across different levels of the organization
  • Understand project management maturity, PMO maturity and how they are related
  • Hands-on experience applying the PMO lifecycle in the 5-day case study to create and implement an optimum topology of PMOs with the capabilities and services
  • Understand the competencies required for the different levels of PMO responsibilities including the roles of project, program and functional managers
  • Understand how to spot and support under-performing PMOs
  • Learn new tools and techniques never used before in the PMO arena

What You Need to Know

Duration

Classroom training: 5 days

Approach

The training approach includes:

  • Lecture
  • Team exercises
  • Group discussions
  • Detailed five-day Simulation Case Study
  • Presentations and role play
  • Exam preparation
  • Exam – 2 hours with 100 multiple choice questions

Pre-requisites

  • 10 years experience in project, program or portfolio management
  • 2 years plus as a PMO Manager / PMO Director
  • IPMO-P™ Certification, or PMI PMP® or AXELOS Practitioner Levels in MSP®, P3O® or MoP® or IPMA (Levels C or higher i.e., B or A)

Certification Exam

  • An exam is given at the end of the course moderated by the instructor
  • Open book exam 100 multiple choice questions
  • Duration 2 hours

On successful completion of the course and examination, course delegates will be certified as IPMO-Expert™.

Course Modules

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