Private - Best Practices for Program Management (3 Days)
About course

The practical implementation of project management within an organization is best achieved in the context of managing programs to deliver coordinated benefits to the enterprise. Beyond the well-established project management principles and knowledge areas, attention must be given to program governance, benefits management and comprehensive stakeholder management.

This course integrates a practical case study with the five process groups and twelve knowledge areas identified by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® in The Standard for Program Management®, Second Edition, and equips you to form a program management strategy in an organization acquainted with “management by projects.”

Who should attend

This course should be attended by program managers, business managers considering the establishment of program governance, and project managers seeking to augment their skills and professional credentials.

Course features

Through instruction, dialog and real world examples and exercises drawing from the experience of both the instructor and attendees, upon completion of this course you will:

  • Understand the basic definitions, knowledge areas and processes associated with modern program management
  • Understand and be able to implement effective processes for Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling and Closing successful programs - Understand the concepts of program life cycle governance, benefits realization and sustainment
  • Be better prepared to sit for the Program Management Professional (PgMP)® certification examination
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification is suggested but is not a prerequisite to this course.
  • Attendees are required to purchase a copy of the PMI® The Standard for Program Management®, Second Edition, for this course
Course outline

Survey of Portfolio Management

  • Summary of the Project Management Institute® Standard for Portfolio Management® to establish a complete context for program and project management in an organization

Survey of Project Management

  • Summary of the Project Management Institute (PMI)® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) --Fifth Edition.

Program Fundamentals

  • Definitions, Processes and Knowledge Areas
  • Roles and responsibilities of portfolio, program and project managers

Initiating the Program

  • Business Case
  • Program Financial framework

Planning the Program

  • The planning process
  • Governance structures
  • Program stakeholders
  • Program infrastructure and architecture
  • Program quality
  • Risk management

Executing the Program

  • Managing the execution
  • Managing program resources
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Conducting procurements

Controlling the Program

  • Monitoring and controlling performance
  • Controlling Scope
  • Schedule and financials
  • Earned-value management
  • Managing issues and changes
  • Governance actions

Closing the Program

  • Approve project transition
  • Benefits realization


  • Professional Responsibilities and Ethics
Course information
Duration: 21 hours
Earn: 21 PDUs
Delivery Method: Virtual or Traditional Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

This course addresses all 12 knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute (PMI)® The Standard for Program Management®, Second Edition.