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Program Management Fundamentals – Governing with Excellence to Drive Strategic Change

Learn the practices behind program delivery excellence, stretch your ability to connect program stakeholders to purpose, achieve meaningful change, stay focused on the program’s mission, then drive integration successfully across program teams.

Program Management Fundamentals – Governing with Excellence to Drive Strategic Change

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Starts Jan 28, 2022
Estimated 4 weeks
2–3 hours per week
Self-paced
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About this course

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Programs fail before they start, and there is a good reason for that. The relationships amongst portfolio, programs, and projects are not understood well nor is the role of programs in achieving change aspirations.

  • Today nearly 70% of Digital Transformation programs fail and the reasons seem to be addressed as a guessing game;
  • The likelihood of being in the 30% successful bucket hinges on the leadership qualities of the program team and the clear program’s vision and purpose supported by value-driven roadmaps.

In this course, you will learn key program management principles, leadership skills, roles, mechanics, and supporting cultural attributes. This will provide you, over four weeks, the foundational understanding of the program management role in executing strategies, developing an exploring mindset, and uncover program management fundamental toolsets, such as the Work Breakdown Structure, and skill sets, such as customer focus, applied in the real world.

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What you'll learn

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  • The relationships amongst portfolio, programs, and projects and understand how they align to deliver value
  • Why programs and strategy have to be connected, with comprehensive portfolio management, to achieve meaningful investment success and gain a competitive advantage
  • The linking processes between program management and change management to drive and sustain innovative outcomes
  • How to show in the program plan the way different program roles support its success
  • How to leverage the role of the program sponsor to excel in the achievement of business goals
  • Using a program roadmap to create the connecting blueprint that integrates the focus, training, and expertise of the program team

Week 1: The first week starts with understanding the value of programs in the delivery of strategic outcomes with excellence. A case example coupled with a focus on the role of the conductor will be used in learning how to drive and tailor the delivery of programs to achieve speed and quality of decisions and simulate complexity for better quality customer-centered solutions.

Week 2: The second week explores the future changemakers are and how world organizations use change management in achieving strategic results, how change management and excellence models cover the gaps leaders miss when they tackle change programs such as digital transformation, and the week ends with insights shared in PMWJ publication the value of a model of digital transformation that combines culture, systems, and people attributes.

Week 3: The third week gets into the importance of the role of the program sponsor, the application of tiers of stakeholders in organizing a programs’ focus, and developing the mindset and discipline needed for program leaders to think again for a change.

Week 4: The last week pivots to look at how getting to an end-2-end joint vision can inspire focus and commitment to program value, how empathy and the human connection are critical ingredients to the integrated program way of working, and the course finishes with tips for context validation’s role in programs success.

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