In a rapidly evolving professional landscape, continuous self-development is crucial, especially for those in project, programme, and portfolio management offices (PMOs). Our latest PMO Poll of the Month (144 responses) sought to understand where our community plans to focus their training efforts this year. The results are in, offering a fascinating snapshot of current trends and priorities in PMO training.



Top Training Priorities for PMO Professionals


1. A House of PMO Essentials Course (30%)

House of PMO Essentials Qualifications for PMO ProfessionalsTopping the list with 30% of the vote, the House of PMO Essentials courses emerged as the most popular choice. This set of courses likely resonates due to its comprehensive coverage of foundational PMO skills, crucial for both newcomers and experienced professionals seeking to refresh their knowledge. The Essentials series covers critical aspects of PMO operations, providing a solid base for effective PMO management and strategy execution. With four levels – Administrator, Analyst, Manager and Director – there is something for everyone.

For more information about these courses, take a look at the PMO Essentials Qualifications.


2. P3O Foundation, P3O Practitioners, and Management of Portfolios (MoP) (15% each)

Each capturing 15% of the vote, these courses underline a balanced interest in structured methodologies:

  • P3O Foundation and P3O Practitioners are foundational and advanced courses offering detailed insights into the Portfolio, Programme, and Project Offices (P3O) model. This model helps organisations develop a consistent approach to managing their project, programme, and portfolio management functions.
  • Management of Portfolios (MoP) focuses on aligning projects and programmes with organisational strategy, ensuring that resources are optimally allocated to achieve the desired business outcomes.

Both these courses remain popular with PMO professionals and are both offered by Peoplecert and accredited training organisations.


3. Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) (10%)

With 10% of the vote, the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) course highlights the ongoing importance of effective programme management. MSP provides a framework for managing complex programme activities, crucial for delivering large-scale change and transformation within organisations.

Programme-based PMOs remain one of the most popular types of PMOs in an organisation.



Emerging Interests


4. Data / AI Related Training (8%)

Reflecting the growing influence of data analytics and artificial intelligence in PMO functions, 8% of respondents are prioritising training in these areas. This interest suggests a trend towards integrating advanced data-driven approaches to enhance decision-making and operational efficiency within PMOs.

5. Agile Related Training (5%)

Agile approaches such as SCRUM and SAFe continue to gain traction, with 5% of respondents looking to expand their knowledge in Agile practices. This choice underscores the shift towards more flexible and iterative approaches in project management, enabling teams to adapt quickly to changing project requirements.


Key Takeaways


The poll results highlight a clear preference for comprehensive, foundational training in PMO essentials, complemented by a strong interest in methodologies that support organisational alignment and effective programme management. Emerging trends in data, AI, and Agile practices also underscore the evolving nature of PMO roles, as professionals seek to integrate new technologies and methodologies into their workflows.

As we look forward to the year ahead, these insights can guide PMO professionals in making informed decisions about their training investments, ensuring they remain equipped with the skills necessary to navigate the complexities of modern project and programme management.

For members of the House of PMO, the PMO Competency Framework and the ability to perform a self-assessment, has been useful in identifying skills gaps and indicating which knowledge areas PMO professionals may want to pursue in their self-development. If you are interested in carrying out your own self-assessment, visit the PMO Competency Framework pages and consider becoming a member at the House of PMO to access this excellent member benefit.

What are your training priorities this year? Share your thoughts and let’s continue the conversation!