As the end of another year approaches, it’s natural to look back and reflect on the events and experiences of the past 12 months. For many of us, the past year has been marked by significant challenges and changes, as well as moments of triumph and growth. As we bid farewell to 2022 and prepare to welcome 2023, now is a good time to take stock of where we’ve been and consider where we’re headed.
The training industry has undergone significant changes in recent years, driven by advances in technology and changing demands from the workforce. Some of the major changes in the training industry include the increased use of online and digital tools and platforms for delivering training, the rise of microlearning and other personalised learning approaches, and the growing importance of soft skills and emotional intelligence in the workplace. Additionally, the rise of remote work and the need for virtual training solutions have also had a major impact on the training industry and on learners.
The Year for PMO Learning
Essential Training for PMO Practitioners
One of the most popular qualifications for PMO Learning has been the Essentials suite of qualifications from the House of PMO and accredited by APMG International. During 2022 we saw the final two levels – Essentials for PMO Managers and Essentials for PMO Directors – launched into the marketplace to join Essentials for PMO Administrators and PMO Analysts.
Over the course of 2022, we have delivered over 15 of these courses – all of them popular and if not fully booked, certainly almost! As expected, it is the Administrator and Analyst levels which are the most popular – there are, after all, more of these types of practitioners in PMOs.
We have also welcomed learners from other areas of the world too, demonstrating that these qualifications have a universal, cross-border a
ppeal. The main appeal for all learners is that the Essentials courses focus on the role of the individual
and the knowledge they need to perform competently in their positions.
The trainers here at PMO Learning have also enjoyed training these courses too. There is of course a main focus on the course materials and text – and there is also an opportunity to bring the material to life with real world examples and scenarios in the discussions.
As we look forward to 2023 we can expect to see more of the Essentials courses being scheduled and enjoyed by both learners and the trainers.
P3O® Remains a Popular Certification
The P3O® Foundation course remains a popular course for PMO practitioners. In 2023, the latest version will be a decade old, yet the P3O® framework is still relevant when implementing or re-energising a PMO. Many practitioners opt for P3O® because it is the only certified course which focuses on how PMOs can be set up for optimal success. The Foundation level course remains the most popular – giving an effective overview of the P3O® framework in three days. The two day Practitioner course providing guidance on the application and tailoring of the framework.
The P3O® course for PMO Learning was even more popular during 2022 than previous years. Why? There have been many changes over the course of the last 18 months with PeopleCert taking over the accreditation from AXELOS. The changes have meant that many project management training organisations have stepped back from delivering P3O® – opting to focus more on project management courses such as PRINCE2® and the newer Agile related offerings.
Or perhaps we’re being coy at PMO Learning and we’re seeing an increase in PMO practitioners coming to us for their P3O® training because there really is no better way to be trained in a PMO related subject than by someone who has actually worked in a PMO themselves.
During 2023, we’ll be making sure enough P3O® courses are scheduled to keep up with the growing demand we’ve seen over the last 12 months.
More Courses, More Trainers, More Support
As we’ve increased the number of courses available, we’ve also had to increase our pool of trainers. We continue to maintain our high standards when recruiting – we insist that all of our trainers have real PMO experience, so they not only understand the theory, they also have real experience of putting it into practice.
I believe it’s this real life experience of our trainers that has continued to enhance our reputation in the marketplace and provided more opportunities to deliver inhouse courses. Although you may not see much of this on our website, we have worked with an increasing number of organisations in 2022 – both local and global – to deliver bespoke training to help develop their PMOs and their PMO teams.
Looking Forward to 2023
We already have great plans for 2023. We will be bringing more courses online – starting with the new P3 Governance course (look out for the launch in January) and aim to increase our pool of trainers even more – do get in touch if you’re interested.
Following feedback from our delegates, from January, all our delegates will receive hard copies of the course workbook. Despite the digital age, many of you still like to have physical copy of the slides with the ability to annotate with your own notes. We’re working hard to have this in place from our first course in January – Essentials for PMO Administrators.
One of our hopes for 2023, is for the recognition of the need for soft skills, is supported by a willingness of individuals and organisations to invest in developing these skills. They are always well received on our PMO Learn! events, and we look forward to working with more individuals and teams addressing key areas such as leadership, facilitation etc.
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