Duration: 
3-365 Day(s)
Price: 
£1295-1709

Overview

Management of Portfolios (MoP ) provides advice and examples of how to apply principles, practices, and techniques that together enable the most effective balance of organisational change and business as usual.

Delivered by fully accredited trainers and industry leading experts with extensive experience of portfolio management, the course engages with the students to ensure that theory is embedded and delegates feel confident in the practical application of MoP .

Audience

The MoP Foundation qualification is aimed at those involved in a range of formal and informal portfolio management roles encompassing investment decision making, project and programme delivery, and benefits realisation. It is relevant to all those involved in the selection and delivery of business change initiatives including:

  • Members of management boards and Directors of Change
  • Senior Responsible Owners (SROs)
  • Portfolio, Programme, Project, Business Change, and Benefits Managers
  • Business Case writers and project appraisers.

Course pre-reading and preparation

Whilst there is no prescribed reading list for the qualification, it is assumed that delegates are familiar with Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Best Practice Guidance together with any internal PPM framework used by their organisation.

Examinations

All delegates will be given the opportunity to sit the MoP Foundation examination in the late afternoon of the third day of the course. The MoP Foundation exam consists of:

  • 50 multiple choice questions
  • 40 minutes
  • Closed-book
  • Candidates require a minimum of 25 correct answers (50%) to pass.

Please note that a MoP Practitioner exam is currently unavailable and is expected until Q3 2011. Candidates will have to have passed the Foundation exam before attempting the Practitioner exam.

Practical details

Delegates must bring photographic identification with them on exam days (passport, driving license, or works pass) as it is an examination requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification may result in a candidate not being able to sit the exams.

Additional work will be required during evenings consisting of consolidation reading and a mock examination. This evening work is an integral part of the course and delegates should expect to spend 2 hours each evening on these activities.

The fee does not include residential costs. Residential courses are normally held in Bournemouth.

Prerequisites

Whilst there is no prescribed reading list for the qualification, it is assumed that delegates are familiar with Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Best Practice Guidance together with their any internal PPM framework used by their organisation.

Skills Gained

What will the course enable you to do?

The objective of the course is to enable a student to understand the MoP principles, cycles, practices, techniques, roles and documentation. This will enable them to work as an informed member of a Portfolio Office or in a range of Portfolio Management roles.

Specifically they will know and understand the:

  • Scope and objectives of portfolio management and how it differs from programme and project management
  • Benefits from applying portfolio management
  • Context within which it operates
  • Principles upon which successful portfolio management is based
  • Approaches to implementation, the factors to consider in maintaining progress, and how to assess the success of portfolio management
  • Purposes of the portfolio management definition and delivery cycles and their component practices, and relevant techniques applicable to each practice
  • Purpose and key content of the major portfolio documents
  • Scope of key portfolio management roles

Course Specifics

Course Outline

Module 1 Overview

  • The definitions of portfolio and portfolio management
  • The portfolio management model and the relationship between the principles, cycles, practices and relevant techniques
  • The differences between portfolios and portfolio management on the one hand, and projects/project management and programmes/programme management on the other
  • The local circumstances that will affect how the MoP principles and practices will be adapted and how cost effective approaches can be adopted
  • The objectives and benefits of portfolio management

Module 2 Implement, sustain and measure

  • The three broad approaches to implementing portfolio management; when each approach to implementation is most relevant, the advantages of planned approaches to implementation
  • The benefits of assessing the impact of portfolio management
  • Seven steps (and their benefits) in a staged implementation of portfolio management
  • The factors to consider in sustaining progress
  • Approaches to assessing portfolio management maturity

Module 3 Strategic and organizational context

The 6 key functions/activities that portfolio management needs to coordinate with to achieve strategic objectives

Identify how portfolio management can:

  • Coordinate with Business As Usual, strategic planning, resource allocation and budgeting, project and programme management, performance management to deliver strategic objectives
  • Support effective corporate governance

Module 4 Portfolio management principles

  • The 5 principles upon which effective portfolio management is based
  • Senior management commitment
  • Governance alignment
  • Strategy alignment
  • Portfolio office
  • Energised change culture

Module 5 Portfolio definition cycle

The portfolio definition practices:

  • Understand
  • Categorize
  • Prioritize
  • Balance
  • Plan

Understand the terms and concepts relating to the portfolio definition cycle.

The techniques of:

  • Three point estimating and reference class forecasting
  • Driver-based strategic contribution analysis
  • Multi-criteria analysis
  • Decision conferencing
  • Clear line of sight

What is involved and the keys to success

Module 6 Portfolio delivery cycle

The portfolio delivery practices:

  • Management control
  • Benefits management
  • Financial management
  • Risk management
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Organizational governance
  • Resource management

The techniques of:

  • Management by exception
  • One version of the truth
  • Staged release of funding
  • Clear line of sight reporting
  • Champion-challenger model

What is involved, the main elements, and keys to success

Module 7 Roles and documentation

  • The purposes and responsibilities of the main portfolio management roles identified in MoP
  • The purposes of the main portfolio management documentation

MoP is a Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce in the United Kingdom and other countries

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.

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Upcoming Dates

Course Location Days Cost Date
London
365 1709 £1709 2018-09-17
Leeds
3 1709 £1709 2018-04-09
London
3 1709 £1709 2018-02-05
Birmingham
3 1709 £1709 2018-01-29
Manchester
3 1709 £1709 2018-01-08
London
3 1295 £1295 2017-12-18
London
3 1709 £1709 2017-12-11
London
3 1295 £1295 2017-12-04
Leeds
3 1709 £1709 2017-12-04
London
3 1709 £1709 2017-11-20
London
3 1295 £1295 2017-11-13
London
3 1709 £1709 2017-10-16
London
3 1295 £1295 2017-10-09
Birmingham
3 1709 £1709 2017-10-09
Leeds
3 1709 £1709 2017-09-25