Program Management Fundamentals

Review the Entire Program Management Process—2 Days, 14 Hours

Have you been asked to run an existing program and are looking for better tools and processes? Are you kicking off a new program but don't know where to start? Do you know how to organize projects to help your organization achieve its strategic objectives? This course is designed for new and existing Program Managers looking to improve their knowledge of Program Management, and ensure their chances of executing successful programs.

Using a hands-on approach, participants will explore the Program Management process from beginning to end, and examine the leadership role of the Program Manager. Students will focus on building their technical program management skills by learning which tools and techniques to use throughout the Program Management life cycle that will deliver the planned organizational benefits. The differences between the project manager and program manager roles as well as the differences between project management and program management will be outlined in detail—as well as how they interrelate.

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At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define and compare project, program and portfolio management.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency of the Program Management Life Cycle, from beginning to end.
  3. Properly utilize key Program Management terms and concepts.
  4. Avoid common program management errors.
  5. Use Program Management tools to maximize benefits for the organization.
  6. Monitor and manage project and program status.
  7. Draft program goals and objectives and align them with organization goals and objectives.
  8. Create and use a Program Mandate, Charter and Roadmap to help meet expected benefits.
  9. Analyze whether or not component projects are on track.
  10. Help stakeholders draft program objectives to meet organizational goals.
  11. Increase the chances of success for all programs they manage.
  • What are the differences between projects and programs, project management and program management, and the roles of a project manager and a program manager?
  • What is the Program Management Life Cycle?
  • What are strategic benefits? How do they align with your organization's Mission, Vision and Values?
  • What communication strategies are required to align program objectives with organizational strategy?
  • What is Program Governance?
  • What tools are required to effectively manage your program?
  • How do you create and use a PWBS (Program Work Breakdown Structure)?
  • What are Program risks and what to do about them?
  • How do you manage the procurement needs of multiple projects under one program?

Students will receive the following materials with the course attendance:

  • Program Management Course Workbook
  • Program Management Course Slides

BOOK: PM Crash Course, Second Edition
by Rita Mulcahy et. al.

This compact resource guide quickly and clearly communicates project-related concepts like project charters, stakeholder management, requirements definition, estimating, scheduling, budgeting, quality management, risk management and more.

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WHITE PAPER: Tailoring Scope by Project—Why One Doesn't Fit All by Barbara A. Carkenord

This whitepaper recommends that scoping should be tailored to the type of project and product being undertaken, rather than trying to design a standard scope statement or statement of work (SOW) for all projects.

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FREE RECORDED WEBINAR: Overcoming Politics on Projects
by Rick A. Morris

This one-hour Webinar dives into the topics of gaining buy-in from upper management, accurately estimating time and cost, controlling project communication, managing within corporate culture, taking care of your team, and more.

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TEMPLATE: Free Sample Project Charter

Having trouble creating a project charter for your upcoming initiative? Use this free sample from RMC as a guideline, and complete your charter quickly and easily.

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For Corporate Pricing or to Schedule a Training Needs Assessment, Please Contact:

Ken Mulcahy • Onsite Training Specialist • (952) 846-4484 x410kmulcahy@rmcls.com

* Discounts Available for Federal, State and Local Government Agencies

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Type: Advanced
Audience: Project Managers and Junior Program Managers
Duration: 2 Days – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Contact Hours/PDUs: 14
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