Portfolio Management, Governance, & the PMO

Course 2 of 3: Professional Certificate in IT Project Management 4 weeks total 2 - 5 hours each week recommended

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What is a PMO, and how does it work?

This course focuses on the Project Management Office (PMO) and the governance techniques used to monitor and control the delivery of projects and programs.

You’ll learn all about Portfolio management and the different kinds of PMOs in use today. You’ll also explore various approaches for building, maintaining and closing a PMO, as well as monitoring techniques to ensure that projects are completed successfully.

What you’ll learn

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain what a PMO is and why it exists Describe how a PMO works within the broader organization
  • Identify and describe high-level strategies to set up, maintain, and wind down a PMO
  • Understand the techniques to intake, prioritize, and select projects and programs so that they align with the organization’s overall business strategy


Meet Your Instructors

Luke Panezich

Instructor of Project Management at University of Washington
Luke Panezich is a senior-level PPM practitioner and an active PMP, PMI-ACP and CSM. He’s implemented predictive, iterative and adaptive frameworks, helping organizations realize business benefits by turning strategies into IT products and services. As a project management coach and practitioner, he has led and managed teams through all stages of the project management and systems development life cycles. Certificated as a trainer and curriculum designer in Agile and other project management methodologies, Luke is an instructor for the University of Washington and serves on the board for PMI’s Puget Sound chapter. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has a Master's of Engineering Management from St. Martin's University.


4 months

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University of Washington

Program Type

Professional Certificate


Business & Management IT