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What is P3O?

P3O ('pee three oh') is an acronym of Portfolio Programme and Project Offices.

The P3O guidance, which includes principles, processes and techniques, provides a model for support structures for projects, programmes and enterprise project portfolios. Having an effective P3O model will provide an organisation with decision enabling information as well as structures for delivering change. The relatively new guidance for P3O pools together all current information on support offices for projects, programs and portfolios. It also explains how benefits are achieved from efficient P3O offices, how to establish a new temporary or permanent support office, or revitalise an existing office. P3O describes the functions and tools that may be useful in the context of current organisational maturity, and how to operate multiple support offices in the same organisation.

There are many kinds of support offices ranging from those termed 'Project Management Offices' or PMOs in the PMBoK, 'Project Support' in PRINCE2 and 'Programme Offices' in MSP, through to complex 'Portfolio Offices' and 'Centres of Excellence' managing an organisation’s overall delivery of change initiatives. The aim of P3O is to provide a single point of reference for setting up and running effective delivery support in any kind of organisation in an environment aligned with best practice approaches.

P3O Model

P3O Course Roadmap

Inspiring Projects is an APMG Accredited Training Organisation – so you can be confident that the courses we deliver conform to the highest standards of P3O training. All of our P3O courses are based on the latest version of the syllabus.

The following diagram shows our P3O courses in relation to the goals supported by each course.

P3O Roadmap

A complete range of certification courses ...

... with a wide range of additional options

We have developed a wide range of associated short courses, workshops and executive briefings, including:

  • An executive briefing on the features and benefits of an organisational P3O model, and adoption issues;
  • An awareness briefing for PMO portfolio programme and project office staff and CoE professionals who do not require certification.

These courses are delivered in-house for groups. Please contact us for more information.


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