To prepare candidates with sufficient knowledge and understanding to work as an informed member of a Portfolio, Programme and Project Office. The P3O Guidance provides a set of dynamic and value adding models that help make available support for portfolio, programme and project management. A P3O environment can:
- be temporary or permanent;
- be physical or virtual; and
- can include centralised or de-centralised Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices.
Most people recognise the support structure of P3O as a Support Office, Portfolio Office, Centre of Excellence, Enterprise or Corporate Programme Office, Programme Management Office, Project Office, etc. These offices often provide a wide range of support services to programmes and projects, often in the way of training, methodology custodianship, programme and project registration, executive portfolio, programme and project reporting, to name but a few.
The P3O Guidance takes the structures and services of portfolio, programme and project offices and describes then in detail under 22 key headings, further sub divided by portfolio, programme, project and centres of excellence.
The P3O Guidance examines the value proposition of portfolio, programme and project offices and helps organisations make the business case to justify the creation of the P3O’s or the improvements of their existing support offices.
Implementing or re-energising any sort of portfolio, programme or project support office, requires that one is able to articulate the value proposition of these support offices to the various stakeholder groups. The P3O Guidance further assists those designing, implementing and operating their respective portfolio, programme and project offices, in measuring and assessing their respective maturity, as it relates to the use, support and organisational uptake of the services provided by the portfolio, programme and project support office.
Organisations can make use of the P3O Maturity Assessment tool within the P3O Guidance to assess and articulate the manner in which P3O services are currently delivered across the organisation and how they might need to be calibrated, to target specific improvements in portfolio, programme and project management implementation.