Building the Project Management Office (PMO) Sukad
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PMO refers to the higher context of project, program, and portfolio management office

Course Description
A few years ago, the acronym PMO was not common in project management; nowadays, it is wide spread and these three letters are quite visible in organizational structures. In a few years’ time many organizations, small and large, private and public, and in all industries and sectors have implemented PMO. However, key challenges remain starting with: are organizations implementing PMO properly? Are these PMO successful? Do we even agree on what does the term actually stand for?
This course will start by explaining the acronym and its possible meanings, before moving on to discussing results of a global survey into the current state of PMO practice, and a general understanding of the pitfalls.
From there on discussions will focus on innovative ways to build the Program Management Office (PMO) in today’s organization. The course will address the challenges in setting up a PMO and the critical success factors to enhance the chance of success and sustain the PMO.

The course covers the key concepts and applications of the PMO along a maturity continuum. The topics will include organizational structures, functions, processes and practices that will lead to success. It addresses the organizational challenges of the PMO, how a proper “customized” PMO can add value to the organization, and increase the Return on Investment related to project implementation.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes
  • Be able to identify the key elements necessary for building a PMO
  • Be able to determine the appropriate PMO strategy, tactics and operations
  • Be able to assess your organization's level on the PMO continuum
  • Understand the necessity of building the PM system along with the PMO
  • Be able to apply the proper change management approach to facilitate the organizational and project management cultural change
  • Implement PMO Scorecard based on metrics & key performance indicators
Who should Attend
  • Project and program managers
  • PMO members, managers, and directors
  • Senior managers, executives, heads of departments
  • CIO, COO, CEO
Organizational Functions
  • Strategic planning and business development
  • IT, technology, operations, p
Course Outline

Day 1
  1. Introduction History; what do P, M, & O stands for?
  2. Current state of practice
  • A global PMO survey
  • The PMO Continuum
     3. PMO Readiness
  • Why the PMO, value of PMO, and organizational commitment               
  • PMO as a project; PMO establishment project and project life span
     4. Project Pre-Launch Stage
  • Feasibility, authorization, and PMO Mission/Vision    

Day 2

     1. Project Launch Stage
  • PMO functions/key roles, basic requirements, and project management plan
      2. Project Definition Stage
  • Finalize PMO functions and develop the PMO detailed plan
      ; Project Implementation Stage
  • Developing procedures, processes, forms and templates

Day 3

       1. Operation Readiness
  • Marketing and communication, training, pilot, and full operation
       2. Project Close Stage
  • Lessons learned, close out report, and post implementation support
       3. PMO Related Topics
  • Governance, PM maturity
       4. Case Studies

Eligibility / Requirements

Candidates should have at least five years experience in project management.  It is helpful if candidates have PMO or program management experience.

The course format is a mix of lectures, planned discussions, case studies, and individual and group ; This course builds on years of global expertise by our Principal Consultants. In this course we focus on building the PMO – as organizational unit responsible for project, program, and/or portfolio management. It is ideal to take this course with SUKAD Building the Project Management System for a complete coverage of organizational PM.

About Sukad

SUKAD was established in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2004. In 2012, SUKAD opened another office in Lebanon. From these two offices, SUKAD has been providing services across West Asia and Africa. SUKAD is highly recognized as a leader in project management services; with a large percent of revenues acquired through repeat business and referrals from leading organizations.

SUKAD has an extensive project management research and development program. Under the label and trademark The SUKAD Way™, the R&D effort has led to the development of proprietary products such as The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™ (CAM2P™) and The Seven Elements of Project Management Maturity™ (The 7Es™).

In addition to the PM Methodology and PM Maturity Model, SUKAD has developed numerous advance courses and master certificates in project management. SUKAD is also publishing a series of books, booklets, and sample projects in Arabic and English. Their publications include ‘The Inheritance’ and the upcoming ‘Insan Al-Mujtama’ (Arabic), upcoming ‘Redefining the Basics of Project Management’, Project Management for the Accidental Project Manager, and a 4-part series on The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™.

SUKAD is a corporate citizen and a business with a heart. Over the years, SUKAD has provided numerous complimentary learning events to thousands of professionals either on our own (under our 2SPI™ program) or through partnerships with various organizations and universities.

In recognition of their business and community successes, in 2011/2012 SUKAD was recognized and ranked on the Dubai SME 100 ranking and the AllWorld Network Arabia 500 ranking.

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