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Course Code PBPP3OF
Duration 3 Days
Price $2,020
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Course Description

Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O) is the OGC’s (Office of Government Commerce) guidance for establishing, developing and maintaining appropriate business support structures that will allow improved senior management decision making, better identification and realisation of business outcomes and benefits, and improve the chances of successful project delivery.

The course is intensive and delegates are advised to undertake some revision work in the evenings to prepare for the P3O® Foundation examination that is taken at the end of the course.

P3O is aligned to the current MSP, PRINCE2, and M_o_R guidance and has been developed to enhance the support advice  referred to in that guidance.

P3O is not a proscriptive method. It does however provide advice for those organisations that wish to create (or re-energise) effective support structures that can provide a focal point for defining a balanced portfolio of change and ensure a consistent approach to the delivery of programmes and projects.

The P3O foundation course comprises three days of trainer led instruction with practical exercises, culminating in the foundation examination. The aim of the course is to provide delegates with a comprehensive and applied understanding of the P3O advice and to prepare delegates for the P3O Foundation Certificate examination.

The course fee includes the latest copy of the P3O manual and the examination fee for the Foundation examination.

Delegates will learn how to:

  • Understand how the portfolio, programmes and projects relate
  • Understand why it is important to provide appropriate support at all levels
  • Identify a ‘best-in-class’ P3O model
  • Identify different models for support provision
  • Recognise the roles within a P3O
  • Apply the main P3O principles
  • Identify the tools and techniques that support consistent delivery of functions and services
  • Tailor support offices to a specific business environment
  • Scale P3O provision for use with different programmes and projects
  • Prepare for and take the P3O Foundation examination as administered by the Association of Project Managers Group (APMG)

Course Modules

Introduction and Overview (3 topics)

  • Portfolio, Programmes and Projects
  • High level P3O model
  • P3O Roles

Why have a P3O? (4 topics)

  • The value of a P3O
  • Adding Value
  • Extracting Value
  • P3O capability and linked benefits

P3O Models (4 topics)

  • Different models
  • Sizing and Tailoring an appropriate model
  • Integrating to P3O in an organisation
  • P3O maturity and evolution

P3O Roles (3 topics)

  • Skills and competencies
  • Staffing a P3O office
  • Management, generic, and functional roles

Tools and Techniques (5 topics)

  • Collaborative and integrated tools
  • Tools and techniques - key benefits
  • Management dashboards
  • Facilitated workshops
  • Business process 'swimlanes'

P3O Implementation (3 topics)

  • Definition Stage and its key activities
  • The Blueprint
  • P3O information flows


Delegates need at least a basic awareness of portfolio, programme and project principles. Delegates must have followed the pre-work guidance prior to attending the course.

Course Dates

CodeLocationDurationPrice Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
PBPP3OF 3 days $2,020
PBPP3OF 3 days $2,020
Leeds (City Exchange)
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PBPP3OF 3 days $2,020
PBPP3OF 3 days $2,020
Oxford (Belfry Hotel)
3 days $2,020




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