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Program Management: A Hands-On Approach

Price: $1,755.00

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A Hands-On Approach to Program Management is designed to help the participant gain practical expertise through relevant and applicable case study exercises. In this three-day course participants will take core project management knowledge and apply it to a program setting. They will learn to manage key program stakeholder relationships, and manage potential risk events across an entire program. Course case study exercises will allow students to apply lessons learned throughout the course.

Course Overview

By the end of the class students will be able to:

  • To understand the basics and standards for program management
  • To take core project management knowledge and apply it to a program setting
  • To initiate a large-scale program
  • To identify, analyze, and manage key program stakeholder relationships
  • To define scope and schedules for components of a program
  • To outline roles and responsibilities of the program team
  • To develop a comprehensive program budget plan
  • To manage potential risk events and issues across a program
  • To effectively monitor, control, and report progress across the program
  • To assist in an effective transition of program components


1500 – Practical Project Management for Today’s Complex World, or equivalent real-world experience of the fundamental principles of Project Management.

Course Outline

  • Essentials of Program Management

    • Program Management Definition
    • Program Characteristics
    • Context of Programs in the Organization
  • The Standard for Program Management

    • Background and Professional Certification
    • Program Management Life-Cycle and Themes
    • Program Management Process Groups
    • Program Management Knowledge Areas
    • Program Management Processes
  • Initiating the Program

    • Program Identification, Evaluation, and Selection
    • Program Authorization and Charter
    • Stakeholder Identification & Analysis
    • Program Governance
  • Planning the Program

    • Program Scope Definition
    • Program Scope Decomposition (WBS)
    • Schedule Development
    • Milestone Planning
    • Program Team Planning
    • Sourcing and Procurement for the Program
    • Cost Estimating and Budgeting
  • Executing and Controlling the Program

    • Communications Management
    • Risk and Issue Management
    • Integrated Change Control
    • Program Reporting (Stage-Gate Reviews) and Forecasting
    • Quality Control
    • Contract Administration
  • Closing the Program

    • Program Closure
    • Component Closure
    • Contract Closure
    • Final Reporting and Transition