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Nov 13—15, 2019
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1649
USD 549 per day
Dec 9—11, 2019
3 days
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
USD 1649
USD 549 per day
Feb 3—5, 2020
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1649
USD 549 per day
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About the course

Federal agencies are faced with tight economic conditions, shifting priorities, and public demand to deliver results. Program managers must not only manage multiple projects, but also ensure that those projects align with agency goals—all while maximizing performance and minimizing risk. You will learn best practices for effective program management, including making decisions that accomplish strategic objectives and managing change and risks. A hands-on experience will give you the tools and practice you need to build your expertise and realize program success.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase effectiveness and efficiency as a program manager in a federal acquisition environment
  • Analyze program, project, and portfolio applications within the federal government
  • Explore the program life cycle and identify success factors at each step in the process
  • Evaluate the relationship between program requirements and overall success criteria
  • Implement various program management tools and techniques
  • Apply effective leadership strategies for program management
  • Maintain continuous alignment of program scope with strategic objectives
  • Analyze differences between program and project risks
  • Ensure the quality of project deliverables and their impact on program level management
  • Coordinate program and project activities
  • Maintain communication with internal and external stakeholders at multiple levels
  • Close out a program

Course Topics

Introduction to Program Management

  • What Is Program Management?
  • Projects, Programs, and Portfolios
  • Program Management in the Federal Acquisition Environment
  • Characteristics of an Effective Program Manager
  • Lesson Summary

Program Initiation

  • Concept Definition
  • Mission and Vision
  • Organizational Alignment
  • Program Business Case
  • The Program Charter
  • Lesson Summary

Structures and Stakeholders in Program Initiation

  • Program Structure
  • Common Program Stakeholders
  • Manage Stakeholder Expectations
  • Budget and Schedule Forecasts
  • Lesson Summary

Program Leadership and Communications

  • Program Leadership
  • Program Leadership Characteristics
  • Additional Program Management Leadership Considerations
  • Program Management Communication
  • Lesson Summary

Program Planning

  • Planning Perspectives: Program vs. Project
  • Developing the Integrated Plan
  • Identify Components of a Program Management Plan
  • Role of Governance in Program Management
  • Strategies and Techniques for Working Outside the Established Architecture
  • Lesson Summary

Program Execution, Monitoring, and Control

  • Monitoring and Controlling Processes
  • Program and Schedule Improvement
  • Lesson Summary

Closing Out the Program

  • Program Closeout and the Stakeholder
  • Transitioning to O&M Organizations
  • Contracts and Contractors During Closeout
  • Lessons Learned
  • Recognizing Program Achievement
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Lesson Summary

Who should attend

This course is intended for advanced level Program and Project managers.

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