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Program Management Fundamentals

From a career development perspective, Program Management is the next logical step for experienced Project Managers. While successful Program Managers have a firm grasp on the hard and soft skills required to manage a project successfully, managing programs requires a much different skillset. This course puts your career on a fast track.

Duration: Classroom - 2 Days
Why Take This Course:

Organizations execute their strategy through programs; that is, a group of related projects managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits one wouldn’t get by managing them individually.

From a career development perspective, Program Management is the next logical step for experienced Project Managers. While successful Program Managers have a firm grasp on the hard and soft skills required to manage a project successfully, managing programs requires a much different skillset.

Program Managers must develop a strategic mindset and be able to align multiple projects to achieve program goals and objectives. A Program Manager’s focus is on integration; integration of all the individual projects’ management plans and deliverables, and developing the approach to identify, monitor, and control the interdependencies upon program components.

In addition to managing program components, a Program Manager must also manage program stakeholders through a formal governance structure; governance is key as the stakes for a program are much higher than those for a project.

Learn How To:

The course will help you practically learn on the following areas:

  • Define program management and describe basic program management processes and lifecycle
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a Program Manager
  • Structure a program in order to implement business strategy
  • Develop an approach to identify, monitor and control the interdependencies between program components
  • Employ an appropriate governance structure
  • Understand how to best deliver and measure program benefits
  • Apply various stakeholder management tactics
  • Structure a PMO that will best support organizational goals and the portfolio
 Contents:

Introduction

  • Definition
  • Project vs. Program vs. Portfolio
  • PMO Overview
  • Linking Program to Strategy
    • Business Case
    • Feasibility Study
    • Program Charter
  • Key Role and Responsibilities
    • Portfolio manager
    • Program manager
    • Project manager

Program Management Lifecycle

  • Pre-Program Preparation
  • Program Initiation
  • Program Set-up
  • Delivery of Program Benefits
  • Program Closure

Program Management Process Groups

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Controlling & Monitoring
  • Closing

Critical Success Factors

  • Governance
  • Benefits: Measuring & Sustaining
  • Stakeholder Management
    • Communications

PMO

  • PMO Types
    PMO Processes

Program Reporting

  • Dashboards
  • Stoplight
Format: To help assimilate the tools and techniques learned, there is a mixture of individual and team exercises throughout the course. A lively role-play and case study help reinforce concepts learned. Be prepared for a high level of participation. Each participant will receive a comprehensive student guide complete with examples and workshop solutions.
Who Should Attend: This course is intended for project managers, leaders, analysts and other professionals who are ready to build on that foundational knowledge in order to manage programs.
Prerequisites: Project management experience is required; experience working within a program framework is desirable.
Knowledge Area:

BABOK®

PMBOK®

NA

Project Human Resource Management
Project Integration Management
Project Time Management
Project Scope Management
Project Quality Management
Project Communication Management
Project Cost Management
Project Risk Management
Project Procurement Management
Project Stakeholder Management

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