Introduction to the Project Management Office

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Training Overview

This one day, practical course is designed to guide organizations who are thinking of establishing a PMO to an office that is tailored to meet the project management needs of your particular circumstances.

Students of the course will be invited to assess their organizations’ current project management maturity and determine what benefits they need to deliver for the PMO to be deemed a success.

Once the goals of the PMO have been established, you will be guided through the steps needed to establish a business case for the PMO and ultimately, to create a PMO Charter.

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Learning Objectives

  • Define the basic concepts – projects and project management
  • Determine the organization-level concerns related to project management
  • Appreciate the lack of consensus over PMO definition
  • Identify the areas where a PMO can provide support
  • Decide if a PMO is needed and if you are in a position to set one up
  • Use a seven-stage model to create your PMO
  • Recognize the skills needed to staff a PMO
  • Determine what factors to include in your initial PMO budget
  • Measure progress suing appropriate metrics
  • Identify five main causes of PMO failures and realize that failure rates are high

Skill Level

Project managers are supposed to be given requirements and they are expected to produce deliverables. However, projects are often executed as part of wider initiatives and always have some sort of commercial imperative. Thus the logical progression for the advanced project manager is into programme and portfolio management. To facilitate these senior practitioners, Velopi offers a “Programme Management Profession (PgMP)® Exam Preparation” course, which introduces business strategy and benefits realization, allowing the senior project manager to understand the thinking of the senior business managers in the organization.


This is a 1-day online course, delivered through a virtual platform.

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Course Agenda

This course is meticulously designed to cover all crucial aspects of PMO establishment and management. It begins with exploring the basic concepts of projects and project management, moving on to understanding the areas where a PMO can provide support. The program further delves into the practicalities of setting up a PMO, including staffing, budgeting, and measuring progress with appropriate metrics.

  • The gap between front-line project management and executive-level concerns
  • The problems relating to projects and resources that need addressing
  • How work is organized
  • Functions a PMO can provide:
    • Project management training
    • Templates and standards
    • Project management department
    • Resource management
    • Strategy alignment
    • Selecting projects
  • A maturity model view of the PMO
  • Are you ready for a PMO?
  • PMO critical success factors
  • Seven step implementation model
    • SWOT analysis exercise
    • Vision, mission and goals exercise
    • Road map exercise
  • Skills requirements
    • Organisation chart exercise
    • RACI chart exercise
    • Career development paths
    • PMO training requirements
  • PMO costs
  • PMO metrics
  • PMO maturity assessments
  • Why PMO’s fail

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for this course, you need to be:

  • Proficient in both written and verbal English. In other words, if English is not your first language, you must have a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band, or the equivalent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.
  • Reasonable numerate – i.e. understand basic arithmetic. Thus we require learners to have at least a Junior Certificate, or equivalent.
  • Computer literate. To access our learning management systems and virtual classroom-based courses, you need to be comfortable with basic information and communications technology. You are also expected to provide their own computer equipment to access our learning systems.

Why Study with Velopi?

Since our foundation in 2007, Velopi has carved a niche in the project management training space that is based firmly on close relationships with both companies and individuals. As our clients’ needs have evolved, so have our project management training courses. Today, we offer a comprehensive range of project management courses that are designed to meet the needs of any organisation or individual.

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“Velopi helped us achieve our first objective – gaining a high-level overview and common understanding of project management across the Team. We found the learning particularly useful in examining the versatility of our product and methodologies to meet our customer needs.”

Aisling Creedon
Team Lead, Enterprise Customer Success, Teamwork

“The biggest impact that the Velopi course had on me was learning how the science and framework of project management can help in managing people as well as through interpersonal and direct communication- the penny really dropped about this for me during the course.”

Ann Heffernan

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Everything you need to know about the course. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, chat with our team.

Velopi’s courses are aimed at adult learners. We value the life experiences of our students and encourage everyone attending to contribute and to apply their existing experience to new situations.

At the start of each course, students will be provided with their instructor’s e-mail address and contact phone number. They are invited to make contact if they have any questions after the class.

Each one of the “Club PDU” courses are stand-alone offerings.
Following a continuing professional development course, many students are inspired to take their project management development a step further and we encourage our students to discuss their career plans with us. We can recommend further formal training leading to more advanced qualifications.

All students will receive a Certificate of Completion. This certificate sends out a strong signal that you are serious about the project management profession and seek to develop further in this role.

All of our instructors are Project Management Professionals (PMPs)®. Each has over a decade of industry experience and uses this to provide plenty of real-world examples to bring the courses to life.

Project management is a transferable skill. Thus these courses are relevant to all industries from Medical Devices, through Pharmaceutical, Financial Services, Construction & Engineering, the Public Sector, to Information & Communications Technologies.

This is reflected in the nature of our case study exercises. Students quickly realize that the problems they have faced in the workplace are very similar to those outlined in class.

Students also meet project managers from other industries and networking with these brings home the universal nature of most project management issues.

Yes we do! Please contact us to discuss your requirements. Many of our courses can also be delivered, face-to-face, at your own facility.

This course is aimed at executives and potential PMO Managers who are considering the establishment of a PMO in their organization.

A good, general appreciation of project management principles would be an advantage, but not essential.

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