The Program Management Office (PMO) – The Strategy Execution Arm | Free Online Course



Learn to create a value-driven way of working that is hybrid and focused on the fitting context for program teams’ success. Explore the project management methodologies and skills needed to build risk-based, light governance for making fast, quality decisions; and how the PMO drives resource allocation and creates the enterprise learning engine for guiding continual program delivery improvements.

About this course

Organizations and stakeholders are having to simplify, break molds, and remove resistance to delivering faster at scale. Program Management Office (PMO) is the entity that can bring this leadership and provide ownership. The type of PMO affects what success looks like strategically for the enterprise.

In order to reach a 10X organization, leaders who understand the business and operational models and what enhancements they require are vital.

  • The pressure to reach a 10X plus organization is requiring leaders who understand the business and operational models and what enhancements are vital by using value-driven roadmaps;
  • Studies have shown that 95% of the decisions we make are the result of an intuitive approach and not of rational logic. Addressing program biases and enhancing experimentation will contribute to our sustained relevance of program management in the marketplace.

In this course, you will learn how organizations are having to simplify, break molds, use meaningful templates, and remove resistance to deliver programs faster at scale. Focusing on project performance and getting the PMO to take the lead in maintaining standards and enhancing the quality of our investment decisions and the proper cascading of those choices are critical successful execution measures. The portfolio management view will provide you with critical risk-based governance skills and a practical understanding of how to build hybrid program teams. Change management and transformation initiatives solve complex issues and you will learn how to contribute to building and driving learning and continuously improving future organizations.

Associated skills: 

Project Management Office (PMO), Leadership, Resource Allocation, Strategy Execution, Portfolio Management, Investment Decisions, Change Management, Governance, Risk-Based Testing, Project Management, Program Management, Project Performance

What you’ll learn

  • How to make the value of execution excellence an ongoing organizational priority
  • How do you develop the value mindset and the benefits management muscles of the program teams?
  • The understanding of co-creating within project teams and why in project planning and execution, moving to a hybrid way of working allows us to get the most out of the program life cycle and the choices teams make to be organized and work.
  • How do you design risk-based program governance around business goals, explore the risk appetite, and cascade the risk management strategy across the portfolios of programs and projects?
  • How does a supportive PMO use risk-based governance to provide meaningful and faster decisions to ensure programs/projects’ success?
  • What are the building blocks for a successful strategic project management office (PMO) that drives strategic planning and is the learning engine for the enterprise, enhances the flow of value across programs, and guides continuous improvement?

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  1. Welcome to Program Manager, Incomplete section
    1. Welcome Program Managers!, Incomplete
    2. Get Started with Goals, Incomplete
    3. Go Further with A Degree!, Incomplete
    4. Help Section?, Incomplete
  2. Week 1 – Value-driven Programs, Incomplete section
    1. 1.1 Value-driven Way of Working, Incomplete
    2. 1.2 The Value Mindset, Incomplete
    3. 1.3 Benefits Management Matters, Incomplete
    4. 1.4 Initiatives Success, Incomplete
    5. 1.5 Imbedding the Value Focus, Incomplete
    6. 1.6 References and Citations, Incomplete
    7. 1.7 Week 1 Quiz, IncompleteQuizzes due Oct 18, 2023, 11:37 AM GMT+2
    8. Week 1 Takeaways and Feedback, Incomplete
    9. Verify Your Knowledge and Skills!, Incomplete
  3. Week 2 – Hybrid Work, Incomplete section
    1. 2.1 The Hybrid Way of Working, Incomplete
    2. 2.2 Co-creating the Program Approach, Incomplete
    3. 2.3 Value of Flexible Delivery, Incomplete
    4. 2.4 Program Life Cycle Choices, Incomplete
    5. 2.5 Organizing Teams for Fit, Incomplete
    6. 2.6 References and Citations, Incomplete
    7. 2.7 Week 2 Quiz, IncompleteQuizzes due Oct 22, 2023, 11:37 AM GMT+2
    8. Week 2 Takeaways and Feedback, Incomplete
    9. Verify Your Knowledge and Skills!, Incomplete
  4. Week 3 – Risk-based Governance, Incomplete section
    1. 3.1 Why Risk-based Program Governance Matters?, Incomplete
    2. 3.2 The Cascading Effect of the Risk Appetite, Incomplete
    3. 3.3 Decision-making Speed, Incomplete
    4. 3.4 Integration with Learning, Incomplete
    5. 3.5 Maturing Program Management Practice, Incomplete
    6. 3.6 References and Citations, Incomplete
    7. 3.7 Week 3 Quiz, IncompleteQuizzes due Oct 26, 2023, 11:37 AM GMT+2
    8. Week 3 Takeaways and Feedback, Incomplete
    9. Verify Your Knowledge and Skills!, Incomplete
  5. Week 4 – Learning Engine, Incomplete section
    1. 4.1 The Enterprise Learning Muscles, Incomplete
    2. 4.2 Developing Role of the PMO, Incomplete
    3. 4.3 Creating the Learning Culture, Incomplete
    4. 4.4 Criticality of Cross-Programs Alignment, Incomplete
    5. 4.5 Guided Continuous Improvement, Incomplete
    6. 4.6 References and Citations, Incomplete
    7. 4.7 Week 4 Quiz, IncompleteQuizzes due Oct 30, 2023, 11:37 AM GMT+2
    8. Week 4 Takeaways and Feedback, Incomplete
    9. Verify Your Knowledge and Skills!, Incomplete
  6. Course Final (Verified Only), Incomplete section
    1. Course Final, IncompleteFinal due Nov 3, 2023, 11:37 AM GMT+2
  7. Congratulations! Now Go Learn Fast and Win!, Incomplete section
    1. Thank You! And That’s A Wrap!, Incomplete
    2. Go Further with A Degree, Incomplete
    3. Help Section?


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