Available Specialist Certifications (Also known as PMO Week 1-day courses)

PMOs in Agile Environments

The word “Agile” is prevalent across all industries and levels of an organization. This course covers the motivation behind the use of Agile terminology and mindset in respect to organizational agility and value management. The role of the PMO is described relating to agile methods and integration into the existing organization’s non-agile or hybrid methods. The course then describes agile techniques and terminology, and how PMOs can play an integral role in being custodians for an Agile Maturity model (which is covered). A glimpse into the future on topics such as AI, robotics, and automation and their impact on Agile projects then leads to a discussion forum of the role of PMOs in PPM. Findings from AIPMO’s Vision 2030 are then included to help understand how to position PMOs to maintain their impact over the next decade. A case study concept is integrated into the course, where we take course attendees’ Agile challenges and solve them in teams. This makes for a hands-on workshop to help participants understand the challenges working in virtual, physical, and mixed environments to develop the skills necessary to define and execute an active and effective role within and across Agile teams.

  • Project and program management professionals
  • PMO managers and team members who are involved in using agile methods
  • Consultants involved in supporting PPM and PMOs using both traditional and agile methods
  • Subject matter experts and those responsible for leading organizational change
  • Know why organizational agility is important and how it impacts organizational performance
  • Understand the importance of PMOs supporting PPM using agile methods, the challenges, and how PMOs can add value
  • Understand what exactly is an agile environment, the principles, and how to align them with your PMO principles to lead and support
  • Learn how a PMO can add value using a framework approach to building and designing PMO services for an organization using agile methods across PPM
  • Identify and assess the various roles a PMO can have in an organization using agile methods and how it can use those roles to support and advise efficiently and effectively
  • Analyze PMO principles and assess how to define them for an agile environment
  • Learn and apply Agile techniques
  • Understand how the AIPMO’s Lifecycle framework incorporates both Agile and Agility concepts
  • Develop your own Agile Maturity model using a foundation of existing models
    Understand the impact of new technologies such as AI on agile project management

The integrated training approach within AIPMO’s Learning Management System includes:

  • Lecture
  • Team exercises
  • Group discussions on pertinent topics
  • Presentations and role play
  • Personal coaching (if time allows)
  • Module 1: Agility
  • Module 2: Value Management – Driver for the Agile Mindset
  • Module 3: Defining PMO in Agile
  • Module 4: Basic Scrum Sprint and Ceremonies
  • Module 5: Agile Technics and Approaches
  • Module 6: The Agile PMO and PMO for Agile Teams
  • Module 7: Agile Maturity Models
  • Module 8: Futures: AI, Robotics, Automation, and Their Impact on Agile Projects
  • Module 9: Discussion Module for Open Forum
  • Module 10: Retrospectives

Project and Team Leadership

The Project and Team Leadership specialist certification course will help you develop an understanding of the skills necessary to play an active and effective leading role within projects and project teams. Delegates will learn the key aspects of leadership and traits of leaders and how to develop them.

The impact of leadership will be discussed in different situations: leading a project, leading a team, understanding what it involves to make decisions, and how a leader can prevent, detect, and solve conflicts in business situations.

  • Project, program, and portfolio management professionals
  • Consultants (involved in projects and/or executive coaching)
  • PMO/IT managers and team members, portfolio managers, and senior management
  • HR and skills management professionals
  • Those responsible for leading and managing people in the context of projects
  • Recognize the typical leadership traits and how they differ from management skills
  • Assess leadership styles and competencies in individuals and how adequate they are in project situation
  • Understand the impact of leadership and project leadership in an organization
  • Know how leaders can make a difference in projects
  • Understand the needs of a team to bring it to the performing stage
  • Adapt and apply leadership skills in multicultural, virtual, and/or volatile contexts
  • Understand why the PMO needs a leader and what are the benefits to the organization
  • Learn to make better decisions by recognizing the knowledge needs
  • Learn to become accountable for the decisions taken
  • Learn the cues and forms of conflicts

The integrated training approach within AIPMO’s Learning Management System includes:

  • Lecture
  • Team exercises
  • Group discussions on pertinent topics
  • Presentations and role play
  • Personal coaching (if time allows)
  • Module 1: Leadership in Organizations
  • Module 2: Project Leadership
  • Module 3: Team Leadership
  • Module 4: PMO Leadership
  • Module 5: Decision Making
  • Module 6: Conflict Management
  • Module 7: Leading Virtual and Hybrid Teams
  • Module 8: Case Study

Expectation and Conflict Management in and across the Organization

In a world without conflicts, a lot more would be achieved. The same is true in organizations where conflicts and politics often derail the strategy of the organization. This course ensures that understanding conflicts, how they have started, and the impact they are having (negative or positive) will lay the foundations for an effective course of action. The course starts with a categorization of conflict types and where they come from and then delves into people and their motivations. The link between politics and conflicts is discussed, including looking at politics within and across the project and operational environments. The course covers expectations mismatches and how to spot them before they result in conflicts. The course then looks at the various project stakeholders and how they may operate. Agency and stewardship theories are covered and the implications they have on behavior. Many conflict risks could be addressed with good communications, but this topic is discussed where they can frequently lead to conflicts. The course then provides advice on how to master politics and bring influence to achieve your objectives. Then several conflict management strategies are discussed, and the course closes with the important role that PMOs play in managing conflicts. A case study concept is integrated into the course, where we take course attendees’ change challenges and solve them in teams. This makes for a hands-on workshop to help participants understand the challenges working in environments with conflicts to develop the skills necessary to understand and master conflict management to the benefit of achieving their organizational goals.

  • PMO, project, program, and portfolio management professionals
  • Consultants (involved in projects and/or organizational change)
  • Leaders and managers seeking to develop solid facilitation skills who are interested to learn how to use action learning to accelerate problem solving and develop the individuals and teams they lead
  • Those responsible for leading and/or implementing change and transformative initiatives at any level of the organization
  • Anyone from the organizations in operational environments
  • Understand how to categorize conflict types and know possible causes for each type
  • Proactively recognize situations, roles, structures, and personalities that create and foster conflicts
  • Know the relationship between time, politics, and conflict
  • Understand the types of communication, communication challenges, and how to address them
  • Learn how to manage expectations of stakeholders and reduce the risk of conflicts
  • Know how and where to spot conflicts in the project environment and how to determine their root causes
  • Understand how to master politics and power to reduce the risk of negative conflicts
  • Know how to develop conflict management strategies
  • Know the roles PMOs can take in reducing conflicts and managing expectations

The integrated training approach within AIPMO’s Learning Management System includes:

  • Lecture
  • Team exercises
  • Group discussions on pertinent topics
  • Presentations and role play
  • Personal coaching (if time allows)
  • Module 1: Categorization Approaches of Conflict Types
  • Module 2: Understanding Environments and Sources of Conflicts
  • Module 3: Where There Are People, There Are Politics
  • Module 4: Expectations (Mismatch and Sources of Conflicts)
  • Module 5: Stakeholders’ Roles and Profiles (Variances as Sources of Conflict)
  • Module 6: Communications – Challenges
  • Module 7: Conflicts Within and Across the Project and Operational Environments
  • Module 8: Mastering Politics and Power
  • Module 9: Conflict Management Strategies
  • Module 10: PMO’s Role in Conflict Management

Change Management

The Change Management specialist certification course will help you develop the skills necessary to play an active and effective role within and across organizations that are going through varying degrees of change. Managing organizational change is critical to implementing every type of initiative, which in turn helps the organization meet its strategic objectives. Sounds easy? It’s not. Organizational change initiatives fail at an alarming rate because of the underestimation of the stakeholders (actual and perceived) impact of change.

This course gives you a 360-degree view of change management from the “drivers of change,” the theory behind change management, investigation of change success factors, and change models including techniques and tools. A case study concept is integrated into the course, where we take course attendees’ change challenges and solve them in teams. This makes for a hands-on workshop to help participants understand the challenges working in virtual, physical, and mixed environments to develop the skills necessary to define and execute an active and effective role within and across organizations that are going through change.

  • Project and program management professionals
  • Consultants (involved in projects and/or organizational change)
  • PMO/IT managers and team members, portfolio managers, and senior management
  • Operations staff involved in change projects
  • Those responsible for leading and managing people through change at work
  • Recognize the drivers of change and challenges relating to change management in complex virtual and hybrid environments
  • Profile the behavior individuals, teams, and organizations exhibit during change
  • Assess the change readiness of the organization and analyze how to reduce the resistance to change
  • Know what roles PMOs at different levels can play to lead and manage change across projects, programs, and portfolios
  • Understand how PMOs can help identify, select, adapt, and implement the diagnostic techniques and tools for change management
  • Analyze the impact of change and how to communicate it at different levels/areas of the organization
  • Know the main change models and tailor one to your own environment
  • Learn to build an AIPMO PMO change management service including the capabilities to run this service across projects and programs
  • Critique an organization’s change readiness by understanding change success factors and applying proven techniques and approaches
  • Assess leadership styles and their impact on change
  • Discuss the importance of communication, trust, and culture in the change management process
  • Understand the different components of a communication strategy, and why these use a blend of communication methods
  • Develop skills that help employees cope throughout periods of change

The integrated training approach within AIPMO’s Learning Management System includes:

  • Lecture
  • Team exercises
  • Group discussions on pertinent topics
  • Presentations and role play
  • Personal coaching (if time allows)
  • Module 1: The Drivers of Change
  • Module 2: Theory and Practice of Change Management
  • Module 3: Success Factors Common to Successful Change
  • Module 4: Change Management Models
  • Module 5: Change Factors 1: People
  • Module 6: Change Factors 2: Leadership and Management
  • Module 7: Change Factors 3: Culture and Communication
  • Module 8: Change – Techniques, Tools, and Processes