Specialist Courses Across PPP & PMO's

AIPMO’s specialist courses are for professionals working in PMOs, projects, programs and portfolios. The specialist courses have been developed in conjunction with AIPMO’s ‘PMO and Services Capabilities’ initiative which has identified over 300 PMO services. The specialist courses are not just for PMO professionals (to help them build a PMO service capability), but also for professionals working in or associated with projects, programs and portfolios.

Referring to the figure above, AIPMO’s specialist courses are developed from the domains of project, program, portfolio and PMO management where the competencies required to achieve successful outcomes are designed within these courses.

  • For PMO professionals, the specialist courses enable build the competencies to offer specific PMO services so are modelled around a typical PMO Services catalogue, therefor making it easier to develop services.
  • For project professionals, these specialist courses provide them the competencies to address specific knowledge gaps. Project, program and portfolio capabilities can be provided within the respective teams and/or by service providers such as a PMO.

Referring to the figure above, PMOs in general can offer any number of PMO services where the potential number of services can be in the hundreds. However, it is unlikely any single PMO will offer more than hundred services and is more likely to be in the range of 20 to 70 services.

A PMO service will addresses one or more project capability gaps within an organization. However, some project teams may decide to address the gap themselves and therefore attend the relevant specialist courses.

AIPMO offers the PMO/PM specialist accreditation with five specialist levels – IPMO- S1 to IPMO-S5 where S5 is the highest level. It was developed this way because the needs of organizations and professionals vary so much that there is no one approach to selecting a standard set of courses. Instead AIPMO is looking at supporting professionals develop their own life journey in terms of competency needs and accreditation courses hence apply the points system to AIPMO approved specialist courses.

Each specialist course has a number of contact hours and are accredited to the delegate on passing each course exam. Contact hours are accumulated and once the delegate’s specialist certification threshold is met, the delegate will receive automatically the next level AIPMO specialist certification.

To achieve IPMO-S1 (Specialist level 1), 50 contact hours must be achieved. Then for each IPMO-S2 an additional 50 contacts hours are needed and so on.

How the Specialist Certification Level works

Specialist Level 1

Attend any of our specialist courses to collectively add up 50 Contact Hours to attain the S1 certification level

Specialist Level 2

Attend any of our specialist courses to collectively add up 100 Contact Hours to attain the S2 certification level

Specialist Level 3

Attend any of our specialist courses to collectively add up 150 Contact Hours to attain the S3 certification level

Specialist Level 4

Attend any of our specialist courses to collectively add up 200 Contact Hours to attain the S4 certification level

Specialist Level 5

Attend any of our specialist courses to collectively add up 250 Contact Hours to attain the S5 certification level

The IPMO specialist courses available are:

Purpose

To help PMOs and senior management involved in organizational change to create value by supporting projects, programs and portfolios using agile methods

Learning outcomes:

0: Know why Organizational agility is important and how it impacts organizational performance
1. Understand the importance of PMOs supporting PPP using agile method, the challenges, and how PMOs can add value
2. Understand what exactly is an agile environment, the principles and how to align them with your PMO principles to lead and support
3. Learn how a PMO can add value using a framework approach to building and designing PMO services for an organization using agile methods across projects, programs and portfolios
4. Identify and assess the various roles a PMO can have in organization using agile methods and how it can use those roles to support and advise efficiently and effectively
5. Analyze PMO principles and assess how to define them for an agile environment
6. Learn and apply Agile techniques
7. Understand how the AIPMO Lifecycle framework incorporates both Agile and Agility concepts
8. Develop your own Agile Maturity model using a foundation of existing models
9. Understand the impact of new technologies such as AI on Agile project management

Who should attend:

Project and program management professionals
PMO managers and team members who are involved in using agile methods
Consultants involved in supporting PPP and PMOs using both traditional and agile method
Subject matter experts and those responsible to lead organizational change

Modules

Module 1 Organizational agility
Module 2 Value management – driver for the Agile mindset
Module 3 Defining PMO and Agile
Module 4 Basic Scrum Sprint and ceremonies
Module 5 Agile techniques and approaches
Module 6 The Agile PMO and PMO for Agile teams
Module 7 Agile maturity models
Module 8 Futures: AI, robotics, automation and their impact on Agile projects
Module 9 Discussion module for open forum
Module 10 Retrospectives

Exam: 1 hours – 50 questions

Contact Hours: 16

Purpose:

Detail the importance of methodologies on PPP and their contribution to success
What are the main stream methodologies and their strengths and weaknesses
How to select, built, maintain and tailor methodologies to achieve PPP and PMO success

Learning outcomes:

0. Know the difference between the methodologies from the major project management associations
1. Know how to select and tailor the most applicable methodology for your organization
2. Impact of governance practices on a methodology and success
3. Why PMOs need to have a purpose built methodology and not a project methodology
4. How to support Agile, traditional and hybrid methodologies
5. How to measure maturity in a PMO and PPP and the relationship to methodologies
6. What does being a methodology custodian really mean
7. Understand the different types of maturity models and the latest research in this field

Who should attend:

  • Those responsible to define and implement methodologies in the organization
  • Consultants involved in projects/programs/portfolio methodolgies
  • Project managers, portfolio, program and PMO managers
  • Anyone interested and impacted by methodologies

Modules:

Module 1 Introduction to methodologies
Module 2 Project management methodologies
Module 3 Program management methodologies
Module 4 Portfolio management methodologies
Module 5 PMO management methodologies
Module 6 Importance of integrating methodologies PPP
Module 7 How to select a methodology
Module 8 Importance of tailoring a methodology to your environment
Module 9 Why a project methodology is not suitable for a PMO
Module 10 Tailoring a methodology
Module 11 Working in an environment with Agile and traditional methodologies
Module 12 PMOs the custodian of all methodologies
Module 13 Integrating the PMO management methodology into PPP
Module 14 PPP and PMO maturity models

Exam: 1 hour – 50 questions

Contact Hours: 16

Purpose: 

To help project, program, portfolio and PMO managers understand, define and implement governance principles and practices

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

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the importance of governance for PMOs and across projects, programs and portfolios
2. Explain the importance of different governance theories, models and concepts to build a solid foundation
3. Learn the key differences between management and governance including the role of PMOs in defining governance for PPP
4. Identify the organizational enablers for organizational governance for different levels of the organization
5. Assess the impact of governance on project, program and portfolio success
6. Analyze the governance practices in your organization and how to establish your governance practice through a structured methodology
8. Know where your organization is positioned on governing its project enterprise
9. Be one step closer to gaining your next AIPMO specialist level accreditation

Modules

Module 0 AIPMO and course introduction
Module 1 Introduction to governance for PMOs and PPP
Module 2 Governance concepts, theories and models
Module 3 Governance and management
Module 4 PPP and PMO governance and impact on success
Module 5 Governance, governmentality and ethics
Module 6 Governing the project enterprise: OPM
Module 7 Establishing governance practices in projects and PMOs
Module 8 Governing the project enterprise: OPM self-assessment


Contact Hours:
16


Exam:
1 hour – 50 questions

Project success rates especially for complex projects are very low and this is for project teams who are working in a physical or hybrid environments.  Covid 19 is one of potentially several triggers that may require projects and/or PMOs to migrate to 100% virtual environments. If you are lucky you have worked with the project team and build trust and respect before your team have been virtualized. Other teams may not have this luxury, so individuals are placed into a team to meet collective deadlines. Some of the team members may be from suppliers, therefore introducing an added complexity of agency issues. This course provides a path to successfully prepare, migrate and run your project and PMO environment virtually. The course references  project and PMO success factors throughout the course as you apply AIPMO’s migration framework to a virtual environment for projects and the PMOs. You will look at how to redesign the way projects are run to minimize the risk of failure due to the challenges of working virtually. The role the PMO is covered throughout the course. Topics such as methodologies, capabilities, techniques and online tools are covered. Soft factors such as leadership and culture are discussed which have a major impact on success. Governance, management and performance topics are also covered which are applied within a case study to migrate both a PMO and project environment to a virtual environment.

Who should attend: 

  • PMO, project, program and portfolio managers
  • Team members of projects and PMOs
  • Functional managers
  • Anyone involved in project and operational teams

Learning Outcomes:

Understand projects and PMOs in the context of organizational strategy
Know and apply project and PMO success factors in a virtual environment
Know how to design, prepare and move projects and PMOs into a virtual environment
Know which tools, techniques should be used to manage projects, programs and PMO virtually
Apply appropriate leadership styles conducing  to forming a inability virtual project culture
Know how to manage PMO and project teams virtually
Develop your own governance practices for virtual environments
Hints and tips from experts who are living in virtual project and PMO environments
Be one step closer to gaining your next AIPMO specialist level accreditation

Modules: 

Module 0 Introduction
Module 1 Overview of projects and PMOs and AIPMO’s strategic lifecycle framework
Module 2 Projects and PMOs’ success factors and maturity, in a virtual world
Module 3 Design/redesign projects and PMO to work virtually  (AIPMO’s migration framework)
Module 4 Project and PMO management methodologies optimized for a virtual environment
Module 5 Capability, capacity, skills, techniques and tools for virtual PMO’s and projects
Module 6 Leadership, management and culture considerations for virtual environments
Module 7 Managing virtual project/PMO teams and PMO/project performance
Module 8 PMO & PM governance in virtual world
Module 9 Case study to migrate a PMO and project environment to a virtual environment – using AIPMO migration framework


Exam:
1 hour – 50 questions

Contact Hours: 16

About The Change Management specialist certification course will help you develop the skills necessary to play an active and effective role within and across organizations that are going through varying degrees of change. Managing organizational change is critical to implementing every type of initiative which in turn helps the organization meet its strategic objectives. Sounds easy? Its not.  Organizational change initiatives fail at an alarming rate due to the underestimation of the stakeholders (actual and perceived)  impact of change. The course gives you a 360 degree view of change management from the drivers of change, the theory behind change management, investigation of change success factors, change models include techniques and tools, closing with a case study.  The hands-on workshop will help participants understand the challenges working in virtual, physical and mixed environments to develop the skills necessary to define and execute an active and effective role within and across organizations that are going through change.
Who should attend: Project and program management professionals
Consultants (involved in projects and/or organizational change)
PMO/IT managers and team members, portfolio managers and senior management
Operations staff involved in change projects
Those responsible to lead and manage people through change at work
Learning outcomes: 1. Recognize the drivers of change and challenges relating to change management in complex virtual and hybrid environments
2. Profile the behavior individuals, teams and organizations exhibit during change
3. Assess the change readiness of the organization and analyze how to reduce the resistance to change
4. What roles PMOs at different levels can play to lead and manage change across projects, programs and portfolios
5. How PMOs can help identify, select, adapt and implement the diagnostic techniques and tools for change management
6. Analyze the impact of change and how to communicate it at different levels/areas of the organization
7. Know the main change models and tailor one to your own environment
7. Learn to build an AIPMO PMO change management service including the capabilities to run this service across projects and programs
8. Critique an organization’s change readiness by understanding change success factors and applying proven techniques and approaches
9. Assess leadership styles and their impact on change
10 Discuss the importance of communication, trust and culture in the change management process;
11. Understand the different components of a communication strategy, and why these use a blend of communication methods
12. Develop skills that help employees cope throughout periods of change;

Modules:

Module 0 Introduction
Module 1 The Drivers of Change
Module 2 Theory and Practice of Change Management
Module 3 Success Factors Common to Successful Change Management
Module 4 Change Management Models e.g., Kotter’s, Lewin’s, McKinsey 7s, Leavitt’s diamond
Module 5 Change Factors 1:  Communication, Accountability and Innovation
Module 6 Change Factors 2:  Leadership and Management
Module 7 Change – Techniques, Tools and Processes
Module 8 Supporting Employees Through Organizational Change
Module 9 Change Management Case study – selecting tailoring applying a change model and creating an AIPMO compliant PMO Change Service
Module 10 Exam – 1 Hour – 50 questions

Contact Hours: 16

Exam: 1 hour 50 questions