Practice Area

Project Management

Developing a Project Management Office

  • Traditional Classroom: 2-day
  • Virtual Instructor-led: Four 3-hour sessions

To compete in the current challenging economic environment, successful organizations are embracing project management as part of their overall strategy to achieve business results. Learn how a properly organized and managed project management office (PMO) can help your organization to achieve business success. Participants will learn how to plan, develop, and manage a PMO to obtain critical buy-in and make significant contributions to your company during the start-up phase and beyond.

Lectures, discussions, and case studies will familiarize students with best practices in implementing and operating a PMO, including knowledge of the types of PMOs and the different functions associated with each type and of the management and staffing requirements of a PMO team.

Target Audience

Senior project managers, program managers, or program directors.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a mission for your PMO that meets corporate needs.
  • Develop communication and staffing plans to make your PMO a success.
  • Develop a workable plan to establish a Strategic PMO, or to improve your current PMO operations.

Key Takeaways

  • What Type of PMO do we need? — The difference between strategic and tactical Project Management Offices.
  • Relating the PMO to Business Needs — Determine what PMO functions are needed to best support your projects and company organization.
  • Services and Business Needs — How to define, staff and manage and effective Project Management Office to support what the business requires.
  • Making It Through the Start Up Phase — How to establish and operate a Strategic Project Management Office in your organization.
  • Getting Buy-In — The practices and procedures necessary to keep a Strategic Project Management Office contributing value to the organization.

Course Outline

Module 1: What Is the Value of a PMO?
  • Why Are PMOs Needed?
  • What Is a Project Management Office?
Module 2: Assess the Business Needs for a PMO
  • PMO Development Process
  • Build a Business Case
Module 3: Develop a Business Plan for the PMO
  • The Business Plan
  • Determine the Scope
  • Determine the Organization Type
  • Identify Required Resources
  • Evaluate Risk
  • Develop a Communications Plan
  • Schedule Deliverables
  • Determine the Budget
  • Other Components
  • Obtain Approvals
Module 4: Establishing a PMO
  • Steps for Successful Implementation
Module 5: Getting Buy-In for the PMO
  • Add Value Quickly
  • Measure the Effectiveness of a PMO
  • Sell the PMO ’s Effectiveness

MDP118 Course Code

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