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P3O ® (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices)

Logo P3O P3O ® (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices) is a methodology owned and published by the UK Cabinet Office (ex OGC). It is a set of principles, processes and techniques intended to facilitate the management of a project, a program and the project management portfolio. It has been aligned to correspond with other methodologies issued by the Cabinet Office - PRINCE2, MSP, and M_o_R.

P3O methodology in practice: The aim of P3O is to provide a practical guide that enables organizations to successfully establish, develop and maintain processes and management structures (Portfolio, Program and Project Office) which will then allow:

  • the senior management of the organization to implement strategic support, prioritization, risk management, resource optimization and to reach strategic goals (see Project Portfolio Management)
  • to identify and implement outputs of the organization with the help of programs
  • to successfully complete projects in time, adhering to costs limitations and quality standards.

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Note: P3O® is a registered trademark of the UK Cabinet Office.