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P3O® Foundation & Practitioner in English

This course provides you with knowledge of the approaches, guidance and practical tools to establish an effective support, assurance and strategic planning function in an organisation. The course is based on the “Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices – P3O®” best practice guidance, which provides guidance for organisations to realise strategic objectives by providing services and tools to plan, resource, enable and control successful delivery of change into operational environments. The course will enable you to define a support framework and recognise your organisation’s P3O maturity level.

Learning Objectives
 Confirm the different approaches organisations use to manage change
 Know the high level ‘model’ of support, assurance and governance arrangements and the factors to consider when sizing an ‘office’
 Understand how an organisation’s P3O maturity will affect the implementation or improvement of P3O deployment
 Understand the best practice view of the support and assurance activities of P3Os and how they can extract value from business change
 Prepare and take the P3O Foundation and Practitioner exams

Course Benefits
Participating in this course will enable you to develop and deploy standards, processes, organisation/resources, tools and techniques so as to improve current fragmented, inconsistent, costly or ineffective approaches to managing business change through Programme and Project Management initiatives.

Participant Profile
This course is relevant if you are have corporate or senior management responsibility over your organisation’s portfolio of change and seek to improve current costly or ineffective approaches to Programme and Project Management. You are involved in corporate strategy/business planning, portfolio management, senior business management, Portfolio/Programme/Project Office management; or have a functional role within Programmes/Project offices.

Course Preparations
Approximately three weeks before course start, you will receive the P3O manual and a pre-course workbook including exercises. The pre-course workbook consists of exercises and recommended reading in the manual. We recommend that you spend between 15 and 20 hours going through the pre-course work book prior to your participation in the course.

Course Structure
The course is held as an intensive 5-day daytime course without overnight accommodation. The course last from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. the first four days of the courses, and the last day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please notice that evening work will be required. As participant you are expected and encouraged to contribute actively during the course activities which will alternate between practical exercises and theoretical reviews.

On Day Three of the course, the Foundation exam is held. The Foundation exam consists of a multiple choice paper of 75 questions. 5 of these are trial questions which do not count in you result. In order to pass the exam, you must have 35 correct answers out of the remaining 70. 
You cannot bring the P3O manual or any other aids to the exam. You will receive your exam result immediately after the exam. Should you, contrary to expectation, not pass the Foundation exam on Day Three, you will have the opportunity to take a re-examination the same day.
The course concludes with a Practitioner exam on Day 5. This 2½ hour exam consists of 4 questions containing 20 sub questions, each of which equals 1 mark, giving a total of 80 marks. The required pass mark is 40 points (50%). You may bring the P3O manual to the exam.
The exam institute will mark your exam paper and upon a successful result, the certificate will be sent to you by mail.

Course Content
 Run the business, change the business:

Organisation approaches to change via Portfolio, Programme and Project approaches. Managing business change in relation to ‘Business as Usual’ and stable operations
 The elements of Portfolio, Programme and Project offices

 A high level outline model of ‘office’ organisation. Different ways of deploying P3O features to extract value
 A Business Case for a P3O; why do things differently, how to sell the idea. How an appropriate 

 P3O deployment adds value to the organisation. Understanding the different interests of the users of P3O services. Principles of measuring P3O performance and the development of appropriate KPIs
 Designing and tailoring your P3O
P3O deployment and factors to consider when designing your own ‘model’. Organisational arrangements – reporting, ownership and level of the P3O
 Implementing a P3O; how do we do it? Implementation using a Programme approach; key activities; using a ‘Blueprint’.
Guidance on creating temporary P3Os (e.g. for individual Programmes or Projects)
 Best practice tools and techniques
Tools to provide collaborative or integrative effect and support P3O work.Management Dashboards, Knowledge Management, and Business Process Swim lanes
 Organisation; responsibilities, roles and management arrangements for an effective P3O
Explore the different roles needed; management, generic and functional. Defining key Management and Generic & Functional roles; skills and competences

Trainers and langauge
Trainers and course materials are accredited.

The course and exam is held in English.

Price Includes
 The official P3O manual
 P3O Pre-course Workbook
 Comprehensive course materials useful as a reference guide after the course
 P3O Foundation and Practitioner exams
 Lunch, tea and coffee during the course

Want to know more?
Contact us at +45 3526 2880 or through kurser@peakconsulting.dk