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Project and Program Management

Understanding Project and Program Management

Project and program management describes the management of work associated with the finite delivery of a new product, service, capability, or organizational change. Delivery can range from a more traditional approach (a prescriptive, step-by-step approach), to a more adaptive, iterative approach. Put simply, the definition of project and program management is to effectively complete projects and associate programs within a given framework and time period. It’s about “getting work done” in an efficient manner, and it’s the engine that moves strategy into reality.

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The Benefits of Learning Project and Program Management Skills

An organization is only as successful as its initiatives, which are created and driven by networks and individuals. Given the assumption these initiatives align with critical business objectives, the more efficiently they can be completed the better the resulting outcome. A project manager’s job is to skillfully shepherd an initiative through every stage while balancing the needs of all stakeholders with accompanying risks. And the program manager's job is about managing the interconnections between projects, programs, and operatives to deliver transformative change.

Mastering both project and program management requires unique sets of skills, tools, and techniques that enable these leaders to accurately identify the need for a project, define the scope, plan and schedule its phases, foster communication and teamwork throughout execution, and ensure the proper use of time and resources along the way.

Key Management Skills

Key Project Management Skills

At Strategy Execution, we believe that every project manager is a leader. Because the responsibility for project completion falls on the project manager, they must possess superior communication, organizational, strategic, negotiation, and team management skills.

What Will I Learn From Your Project and Program Management Certificates

The project management curriculum includes a fundamentals course that provides a great overview of the skills a manager needs to successfully complete a project, as well as a host of more specific courses that teach more advanced techniques like cost control and risk management.

Students that complete a project management certificate will know how to:

  • Identify and define the scope of a project
  • Break a project into smaller components with the work breakdown structure and sequence them in the most efficient way
  • Effectively manage and motivate people and teams that may not directly report to you as they implement and execute the project-based work
  • Identify potential risks that could impact a project and how to prepare to handle them if they occur
  • Deliver a project on time and within budget

Students that complete a program management certificate will know how to:

  • Identify, manage and deliver on program outcomes
  • Manage benefits realization
  • Lead multiple large projects and teams as a program
  • Direct, manage, and communicate expectations with stakeholders
  • Integrate delivery and realizing benefits 
Managing Projects

Managing Projects

Get a solid understanding of project management methods with this comprehensive introductory course. Gain practical experience in proven project management techniques and discover a wealth of valuable, flexible tools that you can use immediately to ensure the success of any project in any type of organization.

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Project Leadership, Management, and Communications

You’ll walk away from the course firmly grounded in key communication techniques and possessing the additional tools necessary to apply these techniques to your work environment. You’ll also be able to implement standard communication planning processes to ensure that every communication is high-impact and well-structured.

Scheduling and Cost Control

Scheduling and Cost Control

Develop effective measures for scheduling and controlling projects as you put the tools of project management to work. In this course you’ll focus on managing the constraints you face in any project: limits on time, human resources, materials, budget and specifications. Discover proven ways to work within your identified constraints, without letting predefined limits curtail creativity or innovation.

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