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Programme Management: Essential Skills for Your Programme Success



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Developed by expert programme managers — and based on approaches consistent with organisations such as GAO, OMB, and other project and programme management disciplines — this training course covers key factors for delivering programs. Through realistic scenarios, you learn programme management best practices, including how to develop a business case, align programme requirements with organisational objectives, execute a programme roadmap, establish a governance framework, and manage stakeholders.

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You Will Learn How To

  • Apply programme management best practices
  • Align programmes with organisational strategy
  • Establish and execute the programme roadmap
  • Set up proper governance structure
  • Apply leadership skills and competencies

Important Course Information

  • Recommended Experience

    • Attendees should have managed or served on multiple project teams in the past

Course Outline

  • What is Programme Management?
  • Distinguishing between a project and a program
  • Defining programmes, projects, and portfolios
  • Clarifying the roles of the project and programme managers
  • Setting up a Program Management Office (PMO)
  • Aligning Programmes and Organisational Strategy

Organisational strategy

  • Developing a vision, goals, and objectives
  • Assessing the maturity of the organisational strategy

Enterprise architecture

  • Defining the business, data, application, and technology architectures
  • Describing the organisational portfolio

Defining the current “as-is” and future “to-be” states

  • Assessing the “as-is” and future “to-be” states
  • Determining which parts of the current state can be used
  • Specifying required changes to existing systems and processes
  • Establishing required new systems and retirement of systems
  • Avoiding the “shelfware” syndrome
  • Aligning programme requirements with EA
  • The Programme Business Case

Creating a defendable programme business case

  • Structuring a business case
  • Using a process and a template

Financial Analysis

  • Determining costs and benefits
  • Applying financial tools

Risks and opportunities

  • Identifying risks and opportunities
  • Analysing risks and prioritising initiatives
  • Establishing the Programme Roadmap

Programme scope

  • Defining programme scope
  • Developing the programme Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Programme roadmap

    • Establishing programme components
    • Selecting major milestones
    • Developing the roadmap

    Programme management plan

    • Estimating the programme costs
    • Developing subsidiary plans
    • Determining resources
    • Generating an acquisition strategy
    • Developing a programme transition plan

    Managing the Benefits

    • Identifying programme benefits
    • Planning benefit realisation
    • Delivering programme benefits
    • Reviewing and optimising benefits realisation
    • Transitioning and sustaining benefits
    • Programme Governance and Stakeholder Engagement

    Programme governance

    • Establishing the proper governance structure
    • Distinguishing programme, portfolio and organisational governance
    • Defining the decision-making authority
    • Implementing a programme governance

    Stakeholder engagement

    • Identifying programme stakeholders
    • Creating stakeholder profiles
    • Generating a stakeholders register
    • Planning stakeholder engagement
    • Developing a programme communications plan
    • Establishing the programme management team
    • Programme Monitoring

    Programme dashboard

    • Designing the dashboard to assess programme health
    • Establishing dashboard utilisation and updates


    • Identifying necessary metrics
    • Selecting source of metrics
    • Assessing metrics benefits vs. costs


    • Identifying and classify programme risks and opportunities
    • Assessing programme risks probabilities and impacts
    • Selecting risks for the dashboard

    Monitor and Control

    • Identifying issues
    • Assessing programme health
    • Leading a Program

    Leadership skills

    • Setting the vision
    • Protecting the team
    • Dealing with adversity
    • Understanding and working with stakeholder expectations

    Management skills

    • Establishing and following the processes
    • Selecting the right people for the right roles
    • Mentoring and support
    • Negotiating for resources


    • Communicating effectively with staff at all levels
    • Driving proper communications between project teams
    • Ensuring proper communications with all stakeholders
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    Training Hours

    Standard class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Last day class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Free Course Exam – Last Day:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Each class day:
    Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest:
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    AFTERNOON START class hours:
    2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Last day class hours:
    2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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    Business & Strategic : 9.5 PDUs
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