Programme Management

Advanced Project Management Courses

You will learn to:

  • Increase your effectiveness and efficiency as a programme manager in achieving the strategic value of a programme
  • Adopt a systematic approach to managing programmes
  • Apply proven tools and techniques to programme management
  • Recognise benefits management as the primary responsibility of the programme manager
  • Use a standard vocabulary for programme management
  • Distinguish between projects, programmes and portfolios; and project management, programme management and portfolio management
  • Describe the programme life cycle and recognise the value of following this approach
  • Identify the critical success factors of programme management

Course Synopsis

Programme management doesn’t simply entail managing interrelated projects—rather, it’s about managing programmes to maximise benefits realisation while ensuring that programmes (and their components) align with organisational strategy and overall strategic objectives. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned practitioner, this course offers a hands-on approach to programme management.
The course contains an integrated case study and walks participants through the life cycle of a typical programme, identifying critical success factors at each step in the process. In addition to the latest insights from the Standard for Programme Management, Second Edition, this course is packed with practical application tools, techniques and best practices for managing programmes. You’ll learn to initiate a programme, develop a solid business case, manage stakeholders at all levels, develop a detailed roadmap (including programme and governance plans), and define key deliverables and outputs needed for realising programme benefits. You’ll also manage change and programme challenges, and close out the programme effectively.

Course Topics

Introduction to Programme Management
  • Relationships and differences between projects, programmes and portfolios
  • Programme life cycle
  • Interdependencies between projects and programmes
  • Critical success factors for programme management
Pre-programme Preparation
  • Strategic benefits of programmes
  • Organisational mission, vision and values, and how they influence strategy
  • Align programme objectives with organisational objectives
  • High-level business case
  • The programme manager’s role
Programme Initiation
  • Programme charter
  • Stakeholder management plan, including schedule and cost estimates
  • Plan for programme setup
Programme Setup
  • Programme architecture
  • Benefits realisation plan
  • Programme management plan
  • Plan for the remainder of the programme
  • Set up the programme infrastructure, including governance tools, PMO, facilities and other processes
  • Metrics for measuring and controlling the programme
Delivery of Programme Benefits
  • Governance structure for monitoring and controlling programme components
  • Factors for project sequencing in order to meet programme objectives and realise benefits
  • Monitor the programme
  • Respond to programme changes and execute corrective actions when necessary
  • Coordinate activities between programme components/projects
  • Manage impact of organisational changes and benefits
Programme Closure
  • Stakeholder communication
  • Ensure programme closure and benefits realisation
  • Programme closure activities
  • Transition to operations and maintenance
  • Lessons learned

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Open enrolment course information

Professional Development Units (PDUs): 22.5

Technical Project Management (PDUs): 17.50

Leadership (PDUs): 0.00

Strategic & Business Management (PDUs): 5.00

Duration: 3 days

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