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PgMP® Exam Prep

Author: Jeremy Jarrell

As technology initiatives continue to grow larger and more complex than a single project can deliver, organizations now need the ability to manage a tightly coupled set of... Read more

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Throughout this path, you will learn how to identify the outcomes that will yield the most value to your organization and how to properly plan the program that is most likely to deliver those outcomes. You will also learn how to ensure your program’s successful execution, how to help your entire program team work together successfully, as well as how to respond when things don’t go as planned. Finally, you will learn how to ensure that the outcomes and benefits that your program delivers for their organization continue long after delivery. This learning path will help prepare you for the PMI® Program Management Professional (PgMP)® certification.

Program Management: Identifying Your Objectives

by Jeremy Jarrell

May 10, 2017 / 2h 13m

2h 13m

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Have you had success delivering individual projects for your organization, but now you're ready to make the jump to delivering an entire program? In this course, Program Management: Identifying Your Objectives, you'll learn fundamental knowledge to assess the strategic needs of your organization so you can design programs that will fill those needs effectively. First, you'll learn how to interpret your organization's vision and strategy so you can understand where your program fits into that strategy. Next, you'll explore how to complete critical program planning activities, such as defining a program plan, creating a program roadmap, and writing a program charter to ensure that your program gets off on the right foot. Finally, you'll cover how to identify the benefits that your program will deliver, and estimate both the financial and non-financial values of each benefit so your organization can better understand its expected return on its investment in your program. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of program management necessary to properly assess your organizational needs, and enabling you to design a program that fills those needs for your organization.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Understanding the PgMP® Certification20m
  3. Assessing the Needs Your Program Will Fill12m
  4. Creating a Compelling Business Case20m
  5. Defining Your Program Plan14m
  6. Creating Your Program Roadmap18m
  7. Identifying the Benefits Your Program Will Yield27m
  8. Creating Your Program Charter18m

Program Management: Planning Your Program

by Jeremy Jarrell

Jun 27, 2017 / 1h 57m

1h 57m

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Planning for the execution of a large-scale program involves the creation of a thorough plan for each of the component projects that will comprise your overarching program. In Program Management: Planning Your Program, you’ll learn the foundational knowledge to plan the execution of your program to the level necessary to ensure a successful outcome. First, you’ll discover how to create a detailed work breakdown structure for your entire program. Next, you’ll explore how to combine the schedules for each of your component projects into a single overarching program schedule. Finally, you’ll learn how to define the exit criteria for a successful program to align the expectations of your stakeholders and to help alert you if your program begins to veer off track. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of program level planning needed to help start your program off on the right foot.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Kicking Off Your Program26m
  3. Creating the Work Breakdown Structure22m
  4. Creating Your Program Schedule26m
  5. Sharing Knowledge Across Your Team21m
  6. Defining an Exit Plan for Your Program18m

Program Management: Engaging Your Stakeholders

by Jeremy Jarrell

Sep 11, 2017 / 1h 34m

1h 34m

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Building strong relationships with your stakeholders can be one of the most challenging aspects of the successful delivery of your program. In this course, Program Management: Engaging Your Stakeholders, you’ll learn strategies for building strong relationships with your stakeholders so you can ensure that your program is delivering the outcomes your stakeholders expect. First, you'll explore techniques for identifying the most important stakeholders of your program, and for building support for your program objectives. Next, you’ll discover how to communicate effectively with each of your stakeholders, as well as how to instill confidence that their concerns are being addressed. Finally, you’ll learn how to nurture and grow your relationships with your stakeholders so you can count on their support when you need it the most. When you’re finished with this course, you'll have the skills necessary to develop strong relationships with your stakeholders so you can be sure that your program delivers the value your stakeholders need.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Identifying Your Key Stakeholders19m
  3. Engaging Your Stakeholders Successfully22m
  4. Communicating Effectively with Your Stakeholders18m
  5. Listening to the Your Stakeholders' Concerns20m
  6. Nurturing Your Relationship with Your Stakeholders12m

Program Management: Governing​ ​Your​ ​Program

by Jeremy Jarrell

Dec 4, 2017 / 1h 27m

1h 27m

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Defining a structure for managing a complex program can be a daunting task. In this course, Program Management: Governing​ ​Your​ ​Program, you’ll learn foundational knowledge to create a governance structure that is the best fit for your program and best enables its success. First, you'll discover how to define the structure that will best enable the successful delivery of your program’s objectives. Next, you’ll explore how to use this structure in conjunction with associated KPIs to keep your program on track throughout its execution, as well as address any risks which may emerge to threaten the successful delivery of your program outcomes. Finally, you’ll cover how to share the information that has been gained from the execution of your program with your entire organization, so this knowledge can benefit not only your own program, but also future programs in your organization. When you’re finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of program management necessary to define a governance structure that keeps your program on the right track to delivering outcomes that are aligned with the strategic objectives of your organization.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Establishing a System of Governance23m
  3. Keeping Your Program on Track22m
  4. Addressing the Risks to Your Program27m
  5. Sharing Your Lessons Learned11m

Program Management: Executing Your Program Successfully

by Jeremy Jarrell

Feb 1, 2018 / 1h 30m

1h 30m

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Executing a large-scale program composed of many smaller component projects is a challenging proposition. In Program Management: Executing Your Program Successfully, you will learn foundational knowledge to ensure that your entire program runs successfully, from start to finish. First, you will learn how to start each of your program’s component projects on the right foot as well as how to work more effectively with each member of your program team. Next, you will cover how to manage the execution of your entire program once it’s in-flight as well as how to handle any unexpected developments which may occur along the way. Finally, you will discover how to review the status of each of your program’s component projects in a way that helps your stakeholders understand how each component project is contributing to your program’s overall goals as well as how to ensure the benefits delivered by your program’s component projects will continue long after closure. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of program management needed to successfully execute and deliver a large-scale program that delights your stakeholders.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Starting Your Component Projects Off on the Right Foot17m
  3. Working Effectively with Your Program Team16m
  4. Managing the Ongoing Execution of Your Program25m
  5. Reviewing Your Program's Performance16m
  6. Closing Your Program’s Component Projects13m

Program Management: Sustaining Your Program’s Benefits After Delivery

by Jeremy Jarrell

May 4, 2018 / 1h 7m

1h 7m

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Successful completion of a program involves more than simply delivering the program to the sponsoring organization. You must also ensure that the organization is prepared to maintain the program into the future. In Program Management: Sustaining Your Program’s Benefits After Delivery, you will learn foundational knowledge to successfully transition the stewardship of your program to the sponsoring organization. First, you will learn how to identify variances between what your program has produced and what your stakeholders were expecting. Next, you will explore how to develop a plan to transition the stewardship of your program deliverables to the sponsoring organization. Finally, you will discover how to ensure that the benefits created by your program will continue after delivery. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of program management necessary to ensure that your organization will continue to reap the benefits enabled by your program long into the future.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Analyzing Your Program Outcomes14m
  3. Transitioning the Support of Your Program Deliverables21m
  4. Helping Your Organization Sustain Your Program Benefits30m

What You Will Learn

  • Identifying Your Objectives
  • Planning Your Program
  • Engaging Your Stakeholders
  • Governing​ ​Your​ ​Program
  • Executing Your Program Successfully
  • Sustaining Your Program’s Benefits After Delivery

Pre-requisites

Viewers of this path should already be familiar with traditional project management practices such as scheduling, cost analysis, work breakdown structures, and risk analysis. While each of these concepts are also discussed in the PMP® Exam Prep learning path, they will be addressed here in the sense of how they are applied to the program level rather than the individual project level.