Business Execution Essentials

Let’s face the reality. The state of strategy implementation is dismal; studies consistently show that an overwhelming majority of strategic business executions fail – some has high as 90%. There are many challenges contributing to the current state of failure, and many of them occur in simultaneous and in combinations. Worse, there is NO EASY solution. Tough and complex problems require comprehensive solutions, and PMO Advisory has assembled the best of its consulting and training resources and created this Essentials series of 1/2 day virtual and 1-day classroom courses to tackle this formidable challenge. These topics provide both a broad umbrella yet with specific depth for all professionals and organizations seeking to improve their execution. Topics include: strategic business execution, portfolio-, program-, project-, risk management, project management office (PMO) and organization change.

Objectives & Benefits
At the completion of the course series, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • Gaining an in­-depth understanding of the many challenges of business execution and how this discipline (e.g. project, program, portfolio, risk, PMO, etc.) addresses these challenges
  • Understanding the power and limitation of each of the respective disciplines and how to address them
  • Learning respective tools and techniques to improve performance
  • Learning best practices and emerging trends in these respective disciplines
  • Learning how to launch a career in project management and navigate to the top
Target Audience
  • All professionals of all levels working to on the realization of their firm’s strategy. This includes project professionals, organizational change specialists, and other business professionals wanting to learn more about “getting things done”
  • Professionals interested learning more about the specific disciplines, how it integrates with other related areas, and potentially pursue more in-depth study leading to professional certifications (in most cases)
To learn more, click on the links below (or in the table on the right):
  • Course Overview – Detailed description about PMO Advisory’s Business Execution Essentials
  • Launching a Successful Career in Project Management – Help professionals embark on a career in project management and navigate to the top of the project management career ladder.
  • Strategic Business Execution – Present an integrated framework to achieve sustainable execution excellence. This course also serves as the introduction to the field of Strategic Business Execution and the other courses in this series.
  • Portfolio Management – Discuss best practices and related tools of how organizations maximize their investment
  • Program Management – Examine the power of coordinated management of related projects and its many benefits
  • Project Management – Introduce the discipline of “getting project done”, including an overview of PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge
  • Project Management Office (PMO) – Explain why more and more organization establish PMOs and how it is a sustaining organization for execution excellence
  • Risk Management – Explore why risk management is so important to organization and project success
  • Organizational Change Management – Investigate one of the primary reasons for poor strategy implementation and how effective managing organization change can lead to greater success

We also offer a range of discounts, especially for early registration. Click here to learn more.

CourseLive VirtualClassroom
PM Career$99$199
Strategic Business Execution$199$699
Portfolio Management$299$699
Program Management$249$659
Project Management$169$599
Project Management Office$199$699
Risk Management$169$599
Organizational Change Management$299$799

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Classroom Site: PMO Advisory Office, 466 Pompton Ave, Unit 4, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009.


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Course Detail

Perhaps the single greatest challenge facing nearly all organizations is the ability to execute: to do the right things and do them well. Studies repeatedly show the poor state of business execution:

  • The success of strategy implementation stands at roughly 10%, according to a series of recent studies by both academics and practitioners
  • IT project success rate is only 29% according to the latest Standish Chaos report in 2015

As a leader in project management and business execution, PMO Advisory is creating a vital series of essential courses addressing various challenges and elements of business execution. These include, but not necessarily limited to project, program, portfolio, agile, risk, and service management along with organizational change management. Collectively, these courses form the very foundation in which organizations can start to embark on a journey to achieve execution excellence.

The Business Execution Essentials series are offered in two formats: half-day live virtual course delivered via the web and 1-day classroom in our New York and New Jersey offices.  The core course content of the two courses is similar. The primary differences for the 1-day classroom course are as follows:

  • More in-depth discussion of case studies and same deliverables,
  • More time and opportunities for participants to network with the instructor and other participants, and
  • More time for questions and answers.

Click here to see a recorded seminar on Strategic Business Execution. Warning, the video is 90 minutes.

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Launching a Successful Career in Project Management – 1/2 Day Live Virtual & 1/2 Day In Class

The rapid growth in our economy for project managers is impressive and unrelenting. “When I (Prof. Te Wu, founder and CEO of PMO Advisory) became a PMP in 2003, there was about 7,500 of us. Today, there are over 720,000 just 13 years later.” Project Management Institute’s study shows that the profession will continue to grow double-digits through the year 2020 and likely beyond to 15.7 million new project management roles. The economic footprint is even more spectacular, about $6 trillion dollars globally.

The fuel that charges this profession is beyond any single factor such as competitive pressures, governmental regulations, technology changes, and growth and the human spirit. It is all these combined plus more. The supply of educational sources also blossomed in response to this growing demand. Professional training and higher education certificates, programs, and degrees are becoming more common. But is it right for you?

  • If you are exploring various career options, how do you know if project management is right for you? Have you considered the many opportunities and threats, skills and competencies, traits and personalities?
  • If you are contemplating a career change into the world of project management, what should be your considerations? Can you leverage your existing set of skills and retool them for project management?

Course Description

The course provides an overview of project management and why it is already an indispensable discipline for organizations desperately seeking ways to improve their ability to deliver value and results. By understanding the context of project management, participants can better appreciate both the power of the discipline and its widespread use across all organizations, ranging from governmental agencies to non-profit organizations to Global 500 firms.

Next, we will review some of the challenges and opportunities of project management, and why organizations are seeking qualified leaders to help them manage projects and deliver benefits. We will review some successful and failed projects and provide analysis on the factors leading to its outcome. At the same time, we will highlight selective important skills and behaviors and discuss key terms and concepts. This leads to a discussion on Strategic Business Execution and the broad spectrum of sub-disciplines within the world of project management.

Finally, this course will provide a career roadmap for professionals at all levels to better understand the progression of responsibilities, accountabilities, skills, and domain-specific knowledge as they grow from entry-level to professional, from project management to program and then to portfolio management, while also including risk, agile, and project office management. This course will also highlight PMI’s eight certifications.

The course is organized in four modules, in four equal parts:
1. Current State of Project Management
2. Importance of Project Certification
3. Starting, Transitioning, and Advancing in Project Management
4. Skill Evaluation Workshop

Target Audience

The target group for professionals of all levels interested in project management, especially for mid-career changers. Specifically:

  • Young professionals entering the workforce and considering a professional career that’s dynamic, rarely boring, and fast growing
  • Mid-career professionals seeking to transition to project management to take advantages of its growth, compensation, and professional support
  • Current project professionals wishing to develop a career ladder as they progress from junior project managers to seniors, to program managers and eventually to portfolio managers. We will also discuss some of the specialties including risk and agile management, PMO, and even ITIL.
  • This course, when combined with Project Management Essentials, is an excellent introductory course for those who are considering the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.

Fees & PDUs

HALF Day Live Virtual – $99; 4 PDUs (2 Technical, 1 Leadership, 1 Strategic)
HALF Day Classroom – $199; 4 PDUs (2 Technical, 1 Leadership, 1 Strategic)

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Strategic Business Execution Essentials – 1/2 Day Live Virtual & 1 Day In Class

The state of strategy execution is dismal as numerous experiences and studies showed that 90% of strategies fail due to poor execution. The reasons underpinning these challenges are many: poor strategy and planning, inadequate resources and capabilities, weak project management, unacceptable levels of adoption, etc.
Based on our internal research and best practices across industries, this course provides an integrated and holistic framework that organizes the various competencies, disciplines, processes, and behaviors required to achieve execution excellence. It strives to weave the major knowledge areas across disciplines including project management, service management, project management office (PMO), and organizational change.

Integrated within this course is a roadmap for professionals seeking to further their interest and careers by pursuing a deeper understanding of these disciplines and their associated professional certifications.

Course Description

The purpose of this workshop is to address these fundamental questions:

  • Why 90% of strategies fail to realize their value?
  • What does execution excellence look like? How to achieve it?
  • How do the various disciplines, like project management, service management, and organizational change come together?
  • Which discipline and associated disciplines should you consider as a business professional?

This course will provide an overall framework across ten major disciplines/certifications including: Project Management Professional (PMP & CAPM), Agile Management (PMI-ACP & SCRUM), Program Management (PgMP), Portfolio Management (PfMP), Risk Management (PMI-RMP), Service Management (ITIL), Project Management Office (PMO), and Organization Change.

Target Audience

The target group for this course is anyone who is actively engaged to delivery their firm’s strategy. Specifically:

  • Business and technical professionals who are responsible for strategy execution
  • Project professionals who are responsible for project delivery and wish to develop a holistic view
  • Operational professionals who need to understand the challenges of projects but also the requirements for handoffs to operations
  • Executives in high-risk, high-visibility industries who want to improve their organization’s ability to implement strategy successfully

Fees & PDUs

HALF Day – $199; 4 PDUs (2 Technical, 1 Leadership, 1 Strategic)
ONE Day – $699; 8 PDUs (4 Technical, 2 Leadership, 2 Strategic)

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Portfolio Management Essentials – 1/2 Day Live Virtual & 1 Day In Class

Studies have consistently shown organizations today fail to implement their strategies. The failure rate differs among studies, but even the most optimistic puts the failure rate at 50% with some studies showing it as high as 90%. One of the primary reasons for strategy implementation failure is poor project investment selection and poor organizational focus. This results in significant waste and ineffective use of precious assets and resources.

Confronting the issue of investment selection and prioritization as well as limited resources, organizations must work “smarter” by focusing their limited resources on the most important and highest priority endeavors. PMI created the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP®) credential in 2014 mainly focused on addressing this major gap in organizational project management.

Portfolio management is the discipline of selecting, approving, and directing optimal active investment opportunities including projects, programs, operational engagements, and other endeavors. Portfolio managers require a deep understanding of organizational strategy and its alignment with execution, a well-honed governance structure to support and reinforce decisions (which may not always be popular), analyze capabilities including resource capacity and skills, manage communication, and embrace risk.

Course Description

The Portfolio Management Essentials course provides a broad overview of portfolio management. Starting with strategy, the course presents portfolio management as the bridge that connects planning with action. The course will discuss important frameworks, key concepts, useful tools and techniques, case studies, and an overview of the latest PMI certification in portfolio management (PfMP).

The course content is based on PMO Advisory’s consulting methodology and the latest industry and professional development. It will be led by certified portfolio professionals. The benefits for participants are immense. Not only will the participants learn about the essentials of portfolio management, but they will also learn how to apply the selective principles, tools, and techniques.

This course is delivered in two formats:

  • The HALF DAY virtual course is instructor-led, real-time, and delivered via web conferencing technology.
  • The ONE DAY physical classroom course is also instructor-led, real-time and delivered in physical classrooms or conference centers around the world. The One Day course will have more time for Q&A, networking, diving deeper into selective topics, and practicing selective tools, techniques, and templates.

Target Audience

The target groups for this course are everyone who works in portfolio management environments including:

  • Project and PMO professionals who are helping their organizations with project investment decisions
  • Project leaders who are managing large quantities and pools of resources and wish to move into the driver seat
  • Financial, marketing and operational professionals who work closely with project managers in their organization and who also influence and contribute to the strategy implementation process.
  • Up and coming project professionals who are ready to take the next leap into mid- to upper-level leadership

We also have seen a high number of senior project professionals who are “accidental project managers” and who have grown beyond PMP. This is an excellent introductory course for those who are considering the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) certification.

Fees & PDUs

  • HALF Day – $299; 4 PDUs (2 Technical, 1 Leadership, 1 Strategic)
  • ONE Day – $699; 8 PDUs (4 Technical, 2 Leadership, 2 Strategic)

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Program Management Essentials – 1/2 Day Live Virtual & 1 Day In Class

Programs are not just larger projects, which is a common misconception. Programs are multiple individual but related endeavors to create new capabilities or new and often complex products. Organizations utilize program management to achieve benefits that are not obtainable by managing projects discretely.
Program management shares much of the same knowledge and skills as project management, but there are clear differentiations such as program governance, dependency management, financial considerations, and a great need to ensure alignment with organizational strategy.

For project professionals, program management is a natural career progression beyond managing projects. If you are a proven and strong project manager valued by your organization, it may be inevitable that you start to play program management roles as you grow in your organization.

Course Description

The Program Management Essentials course provides the basic foundation of program management. In addition to discussing the similarities and differences between project, program, and portfolio management, this course focuses on providing audiences with the understanding to more effectively manage programs and work with project managers.

Based on a combination of our consulting methodology and PMI Standards for Program Management, the course covers the major performance domains, lifecycle, concepts, tools, and techniques. This course is delivered in two formats:

  • The HALF DAY virtual course is instructor-led, real-time, and delivered via web conferencing technology.
  • The ONE DAY physical classroom course is also instructor-led, real-time and delivered in physical classrooms or conference centers around the world. The One Day course will have more time for Q&A, networking, diving deeper into selective topics, and practicing selective tools, techniques, and templates.

Target Audience

The target groups for this course are everyone who works in program management and large projects including:

  • Project and PMO professionals who are playing important roles in programs and large projects
  • Project leaders who are examining better ways to manage complexities that are beyond project managers
  • Financial, marketing operational, and other functional professionals who work closely with project managers in their organization and who also influence and contribute to the strategy implementation process
  • Up and coming project professionals who are ready to take the next leap into program management in their organization

This is an excellent introductory course for those who are considering the Program Management Professional (PgMP) certification.

Fees & PDUs

  • HALF Day – $249; 4 PDUs (2 Technical, 1 Leadership, 1 Strategic)
  • ONE Day – $659; 8 PDUs (4 Technical, 2 Leadership, 2 Strategic)

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Project Management Essentials – 1/2 Day Live Virtual & 1 Day In Class

Since the 1980’s, organizational resources dedicated to projects have increased steadily. Today, with greater intensity due to technology changes, global competition, more stringent regulations, and greater customer expectations, projects have become the main mechanism for organizations to execute strategy and deliver value.
Organizational projects are ubiquitous, ranging from the launch of the next i-device to construction of bridges, the pace of our society today is driving greater changes. Yet, even with the last few decades of the rapid development of project management and an increase in the number of project management practitioners, the project success rates have largely remained constant across the last decade.
Project management is the important discipline of initiating, planning, implementing, and managing one-time endeavors. To use an analogy, imagine cooking in an open pot versus a pressure cooker. Both will eventually do the job, but when the environment is highly constrained with severe limitations on schedule, cost, and requirements, then the normal way of cooking may be too slow and too undisciplined.

Course Description

The Project Management Essentials course provides a broad overview of project management including the key terms and concepts. Starting with organizational goals and objectives, the course presents project management as an engine for completing the endeavor. The course will discuss important frameworks, useful tools and techniques, case studies, and an overview of the latest PMI certifications in project management (CAPM and PMP).

The course content is based on PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) and PMO Advisory’s consulting methodology and the latest industry standards and professional development. It will be led by certified project professionals. The benefits for participants are immense. Not only will the participants learn about the essentials of project management, but they will also learn how to apply the selective principles, tools, and techniques. This course is delivered in two formats:

  • The HALF DAY virtual course is instructor-led, real-time, and delivered via web conferencing technology to audiences around the world.
  • The ONE DAY physical classroom course is also instructor-led, real-time and delivered in physical classrooms or conference centers around the world. The One Day course will have more time for Q&A, networking, diving deeper into selective topics, and practicing selective tools, techniques, and templates.

Target Audience

The target groups for this course are anyone who is interested in project management and/or working on project teams. This includes:

  • General project stakeholders such as project team members, team leads, and resource managers
  • Business and functional professionals who are managing or working on projects, especially large and complex projects
  • PMO managers who are managing large numbers of projects who wish to improve project management across their organizations
  • Up and coming project professionals who want to sharpen their skills, capabilities, and credentials in managing project

This is an excellent introductory course for those who are considering the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.

Fees & PDUs

  • HALF Day – $169; 4 PDUs (2 Technical, 1 Leadership, 1 Strategic)
  • ONE Day – $599; 8 PDUs (4 Technical, 2 Leadership, 2 Strategic)

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Project Management Office (PMO) Essentials – 1/2 Day Live Virtual & 1 Day In Class

High-performing Project Management Offices (PMOs) are more than three times as likely as their low-performing peers to reach their full potential in contributing business value to their organizations. In 2012, a survey from PMI (2013) showed that PMOs completed an average of US $100 million worth of projects. Additionally, they delivered around US $71 million in value by way of revenue increases and/or cost reductions. The problem is that less than 33% of PMOs reach the full potential which indicates a limited understanding in how PMOs should be defined not only at the project, program and portfolio levels but also what they do, how they do it, and the configuration that optimally supports the organizational needs of today, and tomorrow.
The importance and value of PMOs is becoming self-evident. Today, about 80% of the Fortune and Global 500 companies have one or more PMOs in their organizations.

Course Description

This course provides an introductory overview of the latest in academic research and professional best practices across the project, program and portfolio (strategic) areas in a PMO framework that will allow the attendees to understand the building blocks of project, program and portfolio management, success factors, success criteria, PMO types, and their evolution. This course will also provide an overview of the PMO Certifications for all levels of project professionals, from team members participating in PMOs to experts establishing PMOs.

Target Audience

The target groups for this course are:

  • Project professionals who are leading or managing projects in organizations with an intense project environment
  • Business and functional professionals who are stakeholders on projects working in a PMO environment
  • PMO managers who are managing large numbers of projects who wish to improve the management of their PMO
  • Up and coming project professionals who want to sharpen their skills and knowledge of PMO

This is an excellent introductory course for those who are considering the Project Management Professional certifications.

Fee & PDUs

  • HALF Day – $199; 4 PDUs (2 Technical, 1 Leadership, 1 Strategic)
  • ONE Day – $699; 8 PDUs (4 Technical, 2 Leadership, 2 Strategic)

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Risk Management Essentials – 1/2 Day Live Virtual & 1 Day In Class

The prime directive for project risk management is to minimize unknowns, more commonly called surprises. This is true whether the surprises are positive or negative, known or unknown. In today’s large scale, complex projects, risks occur frequently. When managed poorly, risks can sink projects often silently until the threat materializes. The difference between a good and great project manager often lies in his/her ability to exploit positive risks (or opportunities) while minimizing negative risks (or threats).
Risk management is the discipline of managing known unknowns and unknown unknowns. It is something which everyone wants to be doing but we find that we are unsure how to do so effectively. Risk Management is an essential component of planning and is vital to execution of all projects, programs, and portfolios, whether small or large. So, yes we know it is important, but how do we manage uncertainty? How do we manage risk and still deliver on our projects and organizational goals?

This course highlights the critical observation that: Risks which have not been managed are the risks we take! If we choose to accept a risk it could be done in conscious awareness, not through lack of action… and it starts with identifying the risks we want to manage!

Course Description

The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with an overview for effective and efficient risk management within your project team. Specifically you will learn:

  • How to manage risk in your organization based on best practices to minimize negativities and maximize benefits
  • A simplified methodology for risk management since this course guides you through the straight forward steps of identifying, assessing and managing risk

This course will also provide an overview of the PMI Risk Management credential process and hints on preparing for the exam

Target Audience

The target groups for this course are:

  • Project managers and directors who are leading high-risk and high-stakes projects
  • Business and functional professionals who are managing or working on complex projects, especially in a turbulent project environment
  • PMO managers who are managing large numbers of projects who wish to improve the management of project risk
  • Executives in high-risk, high-visibility industries who want to improve their individual and their organization’s ability to mitigate negative risks (threats) and exploit positive risks (opportunities)
  • Up and coming project professionals who want to sharpen their skills, capabilities, and credentials in managing project risk

This is an excellent introductory course for those who are considering the PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) certification

Fees & PDUs

  • HALF Day – $169; 4 PDUs (2 Technical, 1 Leadership, 1 Strategic)
  • ONE Day – $599; 8 PDUs (4 Technical, 2 Leadership, 2 Strategic)

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Organizational Change Management (OCM) Essentials – 1/2 Day Live Virtual & 1 Day In Class

The only constant is change. Yet, managing organizational change often happens in hindsight, if it happens at all. Organization Change Management (OCM) is a necessity at firms that are under-going strategic change, whether it is through reorganization, M&A, or changes to their core business systems and processes.

Projects, especially ones that impact people, often fail not because of technological challenges but due to the unpreparedness, the unwillingness, and the inability of people to adopt change. Poorly managing change is likely one of the biggest contributors to the poor state of strategy execution.

To successfully manage these changes, leaders must be positioned to:

  • Use a consistent, systematic approach to managing diverse change across the organization
  • Effectively applying change tools in a multitude of organizational change settings
  • Assess and manage resistance, fatigue, and change effectiveness to increase success of projects
  • Use techniques and tools to engage, advise and guide change leaders in the organization

Course Description

This course blends a conceptual overview of Organization Change Management (OCM) with the practical tools for evaluating and managing organizational change. Unlike other workshops, participants in this workshop will receive all the OCM templates in editable format so they can readily utilize them in their work. Selective templates include:

  • Organization Change Management Complexity Assessment
  • Project Charter
  • Stakeholder Identification, Action, and Communication Plan
  • Stakeholder Questionnaire
  • Initiative Prioritization Tool

Target Audience

The target groups for this course are:

  • Business and technical professionals who are responsible for managing change in their organization
  • Project professionals who are working on transformative projects that impact the organization and its people
  • Executives who are leading organizational change initiatives looking to develop a better understanding of OCM

Fees & PDUs

  • HALF Day – $299; 4 PDUs (1 Technical, 2 Leadership, 1 Strategic)
  • ONE Day – $799; 8 PDUs (2 Technical, 4 Leadership, 2 Strategic)

Inclusions: All templates in editable formats (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) with the licensing rights for individual usage. Organizations seeking an enterprise license should contact us directly.

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