Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices

Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices, that is what the acronym P3O stands for. P30® provides guidance to build the support structures that enable the successful delivery an organisation's portfolio of programmes and projects - commonly referred to as PMO, Portfolio Office, Centre of Excellence etc. It wants to answer the questions:

  • What is a P3O?
  • Why would you want a P3O?
  • How to design a P3O - what are the different models, services and functions?
  • How to implement a P3O?
  • How to operate a P3O?

P3O® facilitates and optimises senior management decision-making, business outcomes and benefits, and project delivery. It lays out a number of services, roles, functions, processes, and techniques that - individually or taken together, tailored to your situation - create a governance and support structure that drives and facilitates effective portfolio, programme and project management.

The P3O® Guide explains the business case for a P3O, the different P3O models and how to implement and operate a P3O in elaborate detail. It contains also a worked out business case exemple and several case studies on how to tailor the different models to real life situations. Where applicable it illustrates throughout the guidance how the framework has been brought into practice with examples and case studies.

There is Foundation level and a Practitioner level certification. A P3O® Foudation certificate holder has demonstrated a general level of P3O® understanding that is sufficient to interact effectively with, or act as an informed member of, an office within a P3O model. A P3O® Practitioner certificate holder has shown to understand the P3O® guidance well enough to design, implement, manage or work within any component office of a P3O model.

It is very rare to find class room based or instructor led trainings in P3O® in Hong Kong, so do not hesitate to contact me if you want to find out what can be done or want more more information. You can also check the Axelos info page on P3O®.