PM1. The PMO: Design, Launch, & Align

Great Organizations Are Built Upon Execution Excellence

The new age of globalization, information, and communications has prompted executives to seek ways to improve on the delivery of products and services.  The quest to execute on strategies in an efficient and effective manner has been, for the most part, an elusive goal for organizations in all aspects of business, government, and academia.  In part this quest has been a challenge because executives have been unable to demonstrate success in achieving key operational objectives through proper implementation of strategic projects.  This challenge has been the primary drive behind the demand for the Project Management Office (PMO) as a corporate transformation driver.

The effort of building a PMO in itself is a complex project that requires clearly defined objectives, alignment with corporate strategy, and a specific understanding of executive sponsor needs.  This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge needed in designing, launching, and aligning a PMO organization, while taking into consideration the above mentioned complexities.  The course will be a mix of hands on training and group breakout exercises to allow participants the opportunity to apply concepts learned in a stress free, safe classroom environment.


  • What a PMO is and how it should be designed
  • How a PMO launch project should be structured
  • How the PM practitioner can link the PMO to organizational objectives 

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for individuals who desire to learn how to effectively launch a PMO and align it with corporate needs.  Attendees may include PMO leaders/managers, managers of project managers, and senior project management practitioners. 


Workshop participants should have a basic understanding of Project Management and a familiarity of PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

Topics Covered

  • Corporate Dynamics and Project Management
  • The PMO Mission
  • Designing the PMO
  • Aligning the PMO to the Organization’s Strategy
  • Developing the PMO Framework
  • Launching the PMO
  • Best Practices & Lessons Learned


2 or 3 days depending on needs (16 or 20 PDUs)