IPMO Foundation
Live Virtual/Satellite

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Course description

DURATION

5 DAYS - 6 Hours per day

COURSE TYPE

LIVE VIRTUAL/SATELLITE COURSE

CERTIFICATE

Issued by AIPMO

The AIPMO Foundation level certification course brings the latest in academic research and best...

The AIPMO Foundation level certification course brings the latest in academic research and best practices together into a PMO lifecycle framework. The AIPMO Lifecycle framework describes: how to build a service-oriented PMO that delivers capabilities matched to projects, programs, and portfolios needs; your role(s) in running, monitoring, and controlling a PMO; what exactly is PMO success; what is PMO maturity; and how are factors connected to influence project success.

You will learn:
  • To view PMOs in terms of services and the associated supporting capabilities
  • How to design and deliver a core set of PMO services
  • The personal competencies that enable service delivery
  • Key tools and techniques (T&Ts) that enable, support, and extend personal competencies

Insights covered in the course materials are those being collated to form AIPMO’s upcoming AIPMO Body of Knowledge (BoK). The AIPMO BoK will be comprised of several books that each address a particular aspect of the elements of a successful PMO. Course graduates will have a head start in understanding and using the framework of capabilities, linked techniques, and tools.

To stand out as an excellent PMO professional, you need to know what is of greatest value to each unique project. A capability gained from experiencing project’s first-hand knowledge is hugely accelerated by prior explanation of how the complex factors that exist in all organizations affect the projects, their stakeholders, and project controls.

This course both immerses you in the world of PMO service delivery and also in the worlds of project control over product development lifecycles. By using the course’s case study, you will see and practice the implications of your PMO’s actions on project success, team moral, and business results.

The use of the case study makes this course hands-on. Attendees work on the day-to-day operational aspects of PMOs by meeting the challenges to improve the running, monitoring, and controlling of a PMO using PMO Best Practices.

COURSE DETAILS

The AIPMO Foundation level certification course brings the latest in academic research and best practices together into a PMO lifecycle framework. The AIPMO Lifecycle framework describes: how to build a service-oriented PMO that delivers capabilities matched to projects, programs, and portfolios needs; your role(s) in running, monitoring, and controlling a PMO; what exactly is PMO success; what is PMO maturity; and how are factors connected to influence project success.

You will learn:

  • To view PMOs in terms of services and the associated supporting capabilities
  • How to design and deliver a core set of PMO services
  • The personal competencies that enable service delivery
  • Key tools and techniques (T&Ts) that enable, support, and extend personal competencies

Insights covered in the course materials are those being collated to form AIPMO’s upcoming AIPMO Body of Knowledge (BoK). The AIPMO BoK will be comprised of several books that each address a particular aspect of the elements of a successful PMO. Course graduates will have a head start in understanding and using the framework of capabilities, linked techniques, and tools.

To stand out as an excellent PMO professional, you need to know what is of greatest value to each unique project. A capability gained from experiencing project’s first-hand knowledge is hugely accelerated by prior explanation of how the complex factors that exist in all organizations affect the projects, their stakeholders, and project controls.

This course both immerses you in the world of PMO service delivery and also in the worlds of project control over product development lifecycles. By using the course’s case study, you will see and practice the implications of your PMO’s actions on project success, team moral, and business results.

The use of the case study makes this course hands-on. Attendees work on the day-to-day operational aspects of PMOs by meeting the challenges to improve the running, monitoring, and controlling of a PMO using PMO Best Practices.

  • 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
  • PMO/Project/Program/Portfolio team members
  • Junior PMO or project managers
  • Project team members involved in the PMO-related activities
  • Project/program/portfolio managers with some experience in PMOs
  • Any project or PMO stakeholder wishing to better understand how to run, monitor, and control services in a high-performing PMO setting

The training approach includes:

  • Discussion of attendee needs with structure presentation of syllabus topics
  • Multiple detailed case study sessions
  • Multiple team exercises
  • Ideally 1 year plus experience in projects and PMO management
  • Educated at degree level or similar
  • At least one year of business experience
  • Exam given at the end of the course is moderated by the instructor
  • 1 hour, with 50 multiple choice questions
  • Discussing the exam answers

 

Course instructor

Dr. Robert Joslin

Dr. Robert Joslin, Ph.D., CEng, AIPMO-E, PfMP®, PgMP®, PMP®, 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
Dr. Robert Joslin, Ph.D., CEng, AIPMO-E, PfMP®, PgMP®, PMP®, 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.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between Core, Foundational, and Specialist certifications?

Each of the certification categories serve a difference purpose. The first category “PMO Core Certifications” shows that you have the competencies to design and build a service-orientated PMO with services that are needed by your project community. At the top-level (Expert) certification, you will have to show that you have the competencies to design and build one or more PMOs (called PMO topologies) within an integrated PMO Services topology. The second category of courses, called “Foundational certifications,” comprise of three certifications that are needed by everyone irrespective of whether you are a PMO or project team member or a PM/O director. The foundational courses are the techniques and tools of a trade, so they are needed by everyone including project professionals. The third category of certifications is called the “Specialist” certifications because they directly relate to the ability to offer PMO services. If a PMO service is planned, then the PMO needs to have the capability to offer them. There are over 20 specialist courses at the time of writing. These courses are also needed by project team members.

What are contact hours and how can I reach Specialist level 1?

AIPMO uses the term “contact hours” for its virtual courses. Contact hours include course instructions, time allocated for homework, and team exercises. Every course has allotted contact hours and once you pass the course exam, they will be accredited to your account. Once you have reached the threshold, you will be awarded the specialist level certification.

What is the difference between IPMO-F, IPMO-P, and IPMO-E?

These three certifications are part of the PMO core certifications. IPMO-F (Foundation) is for the PMO and project team members and covers topics around working in a PMO, and also working in a project team. It covers the lower part of the AIPMO Strategic Lifecycle framework.

IPMO-P (Practitioner) is for the PMO managers, project managers, and senior PMO and project team members. It covers topics on how to identify the need for a PMO and design, and how to justify and build a PMO and its services.

IPMO-E (Expert) is not for everyone. It is the top-level certification for PMO directors and consultants who are managing, consulting, or designing enterprise PMO topologies and PMO Service topologies.

I dont know which certification is right for me, how do I choose?

For now, it is best to ask one of our professionals. You can either call or chat online. They will be able to provide you expert advice to plan and advance your career.

Are there any discounts if I take more than one course?

Short answer, Yes. There are bundles shown on the website, but you can also call to ask if you can get a special discount. If you bring others to the course, then this will also be taken into consideration.

Professional Development Advisor

Monicah Sitchon

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What our client say about us

It was a real eye-opener for me that allowed me to look into the PMO world from a different perspective. I understood the project, program, portfolio management in the context of PMOs.

- Mohamad Dreii

Eastern Growth Market

Although i have been in this fiels for many years, this outstanding experience has introduced me to a new world full of unique experiences, opportunities and a great chance for personal growth. 

- Fayez Almalki
General Authority of Zakat & Tax

I thought I had a good understanding of how to establish and manage PMOs, but the principles and ideas gained from the course proved the opposite!

- Hedar Alalli
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